In my earliest memories of the red brick semi detached council house everyday was sunny, we had a back garden that my dad kept tidy with a manual lawn mower and hand shears for the edges, the front garden was similar but not used as much. I then had to attend school and went to Smallthorne Infants and Junior school of which I have very fond memories before attending Stanfields High School. As a young man I worked and socialised in Smallthorne and my immediate family have stayed local whilst I spent short periods of time living in Biddulph and further afield before returning to Bradeley.
An interest in family history sparked perhaps by a couple of television programmes but I aren’t exactly sure led me not just into researching my family and my surname but also my roots. I found through friends and social networking that I was not the only one to have an interest in my home village and this has added flesh to the bones of my family research.