Early signals shows readers on right track
READER comments and observations are often the very life-blood of this column, so I was delighted recently to receive two emails referring to the ghostly goings-on at the long gone Crowden Station on the Woodhead Line.
I asked if anyone knew the signal man in the photograph we published, and Mark Corry came up with the goods.
“The name of the old signalman who used to wave down the passing trains was Edmund Jellis.
“He is in fact my wife’s great-grandfather. Edmund used to live with his wife (Lydia Jayne Jellis, and their five children in Vale House Cottages). My mother-in-law Elsie Cheal, nee Elsie Wilde, has asked me to drop you a line. If you would be interested in more information?”
‘Yes please’, was my obvious answer, as I try to put a few more pieces into the jigsaw that is life in the Valley.
Apart from emails, several people stopped me in Glossop to share their memories of John Davies, who lived all his life in the Railway Cottages at Crowden.
I wish I had written down all the stories he told me, but if I mention them here you never know who may produce another piece for the jigsaw: prisoners of war, digging tunnels in the deep snow after the war, the landlord of the George and Dragon sneaking
●● John Davies, who lived all his life in the Railway Cottages at Crowden them a welcome glass of beer, snow and ice so thick that John Davies could walk from his house (Pic by Bill Johnson)
The Laughing Badger Gallery, 99 Platt Street, Padfield, Glossop