'The Blocks' at Barleith

by Nick Deacon

I am searching for any memories of folk who lived at 'The Blocks' until their demolition in '66.

Also any info. relating to the school that was part of the establishment and memories of ex-railwaymen who also worked at the sheds (Hurlford - BR code 67B) would be particularly welcome.

The information is required for an on-going project for future publication in a national magazine devoted to historical railway aspects.

 


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James Gibson says

My mum and dad lived in Barleith until 1962 when they got a new house in Lifnock Avenue - George & Isa Gibson, sadly both are now deceased. My dad worked on the railways all his working life.

Bill McClung says

Have a look at this site and post your request there...a lot of former railway workers or relations post there www . hurlfordvillage . com www.hurlfordvillage.com

My grandpa, Archie "Baldy" Blackwood worked there until he was badly injured, losing a leg and part of his right hand...contact me with questions ( BillbMcClung@comcast.net )

 

Angela Brydson says

My grandparents-Andy and Barbara Wilson- lived in Barleith until they moved to Academy St.  I remember Papa speaking very fondly of their time at Barleith, which I think was common for a lot of the folks that stayed in the Blocks.

 

William Anderson says

The Blocks was a great place for kids. It had lots of steam engines lined up in the sidings and up the. bings where the turntable was. The railway workers gave us a go at turning the engines. The noise of the steam hammer from the engine shed thumped away most of the day. We were climbing in engines all the time and had a den in one of the water tanks back of the engine until one of the workers slammed the lid on to scare us, and it did. Remember just to the left of the sheds in the winter a massive silver coloured snow plough sat by the end buffers. It looked like a knights helmet. We used to climb up the back and sit on the cross bars. Don't know if anyone remembers at the same buffers a steamed up engine was was banged agains the buffers by persons unknown. No...not us. One day a large number of Japanese men all with cameras arrived and they were all exited at seing so many engines in one place. They tok lots of pics. Would like now to see the photos they took. Maybe they will be on the internet now. Then the first diesel engine came,it looked like a bus and steam engine drivers were running this up and down the line with me and the other kids sat in the seats. Every new yer the engine blew the steam whisles at midnight.To the left of the bings was the sanitary works for the Blocks.It looked like a fort when the kids built lupin and grass tents beside it. Wild Lupins grew everywhere along the old line. Lupin battles were common and thrown at the enemy leaving a purple stain as it hit home. Think you pay loads of money nowadays to run about playing sodiers. The Sunday School sat in the middle of the Blocks. Inside was a stange collection of bdy parts in glass jars. Stoppped going there, it looked creepy. It was a rare sight if a coal lorry entered the Blocks as steel'n coal was another industry a school teache told us the Blocks w.as famous for. There was always something for the kids to do even when it rained. If you ever needed milk Cuthbertsons farm filled your jug anytime. Never ever saw this farmer chase any of us kids and we were always in the fields. Some folk might remember old stinkys goat. It roamed around like a pet dog. Old stinky chased us off his land, but he was'nt bad once you got know him. The gardens for the railway workers were full of fruit and veg and all fenced with gates. Some people raced doos, some bred rabbits. By the side of the sheds were lots of chickens and huts. A lot of garden and doo huts were made with bomb boxes from Bowhouse. As were the pram and bike wheeled bogies used by the kids. Remember giong down Devils Elbow on a bogie wearing a real WW2 German helmet again from Bowhouse. Must be lots of wee tale the oldies remember and some best kept stum. Hope to read more about the Blocks on this page...so keep sending it in.

 

 

 

 

Nick Deacon says

Hello, Angela, James and William (I've already contacted Bill McClung directly).

Thank you so much for your responses to my enquiry and particularly William for the wealth of info. This is very much appreciated.

Work on the article was completed late last summer and submitted for publication within a national railway magazine. Nothing has been published yet - but watch this space!

I must apologise for not responding sooner - I checked S1 back last summer but at the time there had been no replies so I assumed that for the moment that was it and time to move the project on.  However it is never too late to add to a good story so to that end I have compiled a separate memoir of  The Blocks based around some very comprehensive recall from one Sheila Clark nee Abercrombie who used too live at 17B. Did any of you know her?

And by the way, James - is this a picture of you? This picture was supplied by Sheila from her family vaults and was taken at The Blocks sometime in the early '50's.

Best wishes and many thanks to you all. If I need further info is it possible to contact any of you direct?  I live in Cornwall so am a bit removed from the centre of interest!  My email address is nwdeacon@live.com if you need to contact me.

Regards,

 

Nick Deacon.

Very best regards,  

Nick Deacon says

Hello James,

I've just discovered my mistake - this is a picture of MURRAY Gibson - not James....................Any relation of yours?

Regards,

Nick Deacon.

Nick Deacon says

Hello folks.

The article about The Blocks at Barleith has now been published. It appears within the March edition of 'Railway Archive' published by Lightmoor Press. The magazine is priced at £8.25.

For those interested, copies can be obtained direct from the publishers by following this link :www.lightmoor.co.uk or by telephoning them on 01993 773927

Many, many thanks to everyone who generously shared their memories of The Blocks with me. It was a fascinating journey and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Best woishes,

Nick Deacon.

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