ABOUT OLD MEG
Characters and Places from the past
.....memories of my youth !!

 

 

Full List of Place details

 

 

 

Place Name
Allens Garage
Notes
This was run by Ted Allen, it was on the left hand side just past the
turning to Alfreds Avenue,it had petrol pumps and a work shop.
 

 

Place Name
Bakery and Stores
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Place Name
Beehive Shop
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On the High Street, still the Beehive,
Mrs Bentley was the first person I rember there and then Mr & Mrs Kane
were the next.
 

 

Place Name
Black Gates
Notes
John Stephenson said

Go over the level crossing on moor lane towards gravel hill and these
were a pair of black wooden gates at the first farm road on the right
hand side where a stream joined the beck. Spent a lot of time catching sticklebacks
 

 

Place Name
Brian Wallace Garage
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Place Name
Cad Hovel
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Place Name
Co-op Butcher
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Place Name
Cow Lane
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Place Name
Creasey's Pond
Notes
Roy Andrews said

Before the Bypass was built it was always Scholys Pond.On the side of
the filling station ,There was some Quite big trees,round what was
called in meg language Holgat corner, meaning Hallgarth.
 

 

Place Name
Cricket Field
Notes
Mill Lane,(now Princes Street), This was where the school and playing
is now, the entrance was through a large white gate next to the cadet hut.
 

 

Place Name
Drive
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Place Name
Fish Shop in Tin Shed
Notes
This was next to the White Hart Pub,where Melody & Marilyns Hair
dressers shop was(now a new building).
I think there were several owners and then it was made into a libary.
 

 

Place Name
Flax Factory
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Foysters Garage
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Place Name
Grange
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Green Man Pub
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Place Name
Helicopter Base
Notes
This was where EROS Ltd is now,(The Perfum Factory),

It was part of Fisons Pest Controle.
 

 

Place Name
Kirk's Passage
Notes
The archway across the road from Andrews Butchers,

The name comes from the two sisters that lived in the house with the
archway, Miss Kirks.

There was a row of five stone cotages, one up one down, with their
toilets across an open area called the square,
The water for the cotages came from a tap just through the archway, In
the form of a lion.

Some of the families that had lived there, Moody, Smith, North,
Nicholson, Sewell, Bently and Byers.




Ricky Harby asked

Would the two sisters who lived there by any chance been called Emma
and Ada Kirk




Peter Byers replied

I dont know, but maybe someone else will.

To young respectfull me, they were only known as "Miss Kirk" - nice
ladies - kept themselves to themselves !!
 

 

Place Name
Lincoln Lane
Notes
Is now called Lincoln Road
 

 

Place Name
Lovers Lane
Notes
A small foot path in Drury Street across from Manor Rd leading to the
church yard and the Pad to Blankney.

The Name, I think you can work out where it comes from.

 

 

Place Name
Manor
Notes
On Manor Rd a large house in the wood,belonging to Parkers (Scopwick estates)
 

 

Place Name
Meg
Notes
A benevolent Nickname for the village of Metheringham.
 

 

Place Name
Meg Mill
Notes
Top of Mill Lane


David Claxton said

Mr Mills lived in the Mill house
 

 

Place Name
Middle Wood
Notes
Mill Lane,(now Princes Street),I think itwas where the play park and
the entrance to the school playing field is now or was it Reynolds wood




Roy Andrews said

Reynolds Wood,Walk up lovers lane as far as the Cemetary, instead of
going into the Cemetary ,just keep going straight on up the field and
Reynolds wood is the first one you come to on the left.Keep going and
you come out on the top road, turn left to Blankney and you are
between the Two Woods.
 

 

Place Name
Mill Lane
Notes
Is now Prince's Street.


I don't understand why this was changed because on a map of
Metheringham in the eighteen hunderds it was called Mill Lane,
Maybe someone has the answer? (George B)



John Stephenson said


I lived at 7 Mill Lane between the Gash family and the Cucksee family
and as I recall Princes Street went up from the cross hill to a house
just short of Uttleys orchard.


It then became Mill Lane for the rest of the way to the top road I
cannot remember the exact year but I think it would be about 1955 or
56 it was changed so all of the road was Princes street.

 

 

Place Name
Old Bakery
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Place Name
Old Fire Station
Notes
It is across the road from Limetree Avenue, it has been used for
several differant small shops.

It may still have the old siren no top at the back,this was there to
let the firemen know that there was a fire.
 

 

Place Name
Old Hall Yard
Notes
This was where Hall Yard (oap's bungalows) in Prince's St are now.
On the road side there was some of Townsends shop and a cottage,
behind there were several cottages and at the wall to the football
field was a large house, maybe this is where it gets its name from.
 

 

Place Name
Old School
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Place Name
Old Vets House
Notes
The large house on the corner of Church Walk and High St.

The first vets were Parry & Parry (Mr & Mrs)

Befor that I think there was a shop in the front right hand corner, a
post office and then a watch repair shop (Morris's ? ).



 

 

Place Name
Pad Field (The Pads )
Notes
The Pad field is the field between Metheringham & Blankney down the
Blankney Rd on the right hand side.

The Pads,
This is the footpath from thr Church yard (cemetery) to
Blankney (in to the cricket field).
 

 

Place Name
Pest Control
Notes
This was where EROS Ltd are now (perfume factury)

Fisons were the people that worked from there, they used the
helicopter and tractors to spray the fields.
 

 

Place Name
Police House
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Place Name
PreFabs
Notes
The name "Prefab" is an abbreviation of "Pre Fabricated".

In the case of Prefab Houses, it means Houses that are built elsewhere
and bought to the site and assembled like a Flat-Pack wardrobe is assembled.

There are a lot of Modern Prefab houses available now - they are
nothing like the "WarTime Prefabs" that were built after the Secnd
World War in Cow Lane Meg !!

See the Links below for a bit more history.
A PICTURE
Click here
Thanks to MACLA and their contributor
SOME MORE INFO
Click here
Short story with a good picture.
Worth a read

Click here
An article from the Independant newspaper

Click here
Go straight to the bottom of this page and the 'PageUp' to see a bit
more about them.
 

 

Place Name
Quincey's Passage
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Place Name
Reading Room
Notes
This was the village hall befor it was extended to what it is to day,

The Reading Room is the old stone part with the main door and the fire
door onto Fen Lane, it was only half the with of the hall to day
 

 

Place Name
Rec
Notes
The village Recreation Ground,

At the rear of Station Road Council Houses,

I beleve it wsa in two parts,small area with swings and a sand pit
ect, and a large area with a football pitch,I also think in the corner
near Station Rd and the Coal yards there was an area for the sewage
works, befor it were moved to the other side of the railway.
 

 

Place Name
Royal Cinema
Notes
This was up Church Walk opposite the White Hart Pub in the High
Street, Now it is the Church Hall.

It was runn by Vernon Parker (I think Walt Parcels was one of his helpers

 

Place Name
Spring Field
Notes
Field that was bordered by Station Road (opposite the Council Houses),
the stream that runs parallel to Manor Road which starts at the Spring
in the corner, the back of buildings on Drury Street and the High
Street as it runs from Middle Street to Station Road.

I believe that it was a Medeival Strip field - each strip was farmed a
'villager in good standing'

Each villager was allocated a set number of strips in each field
(traditionally about thirty) which they would subsistence farm. The
strips were generally allocated by lot in a public meeting at the
start of the year. The individual holdings were widely scattered, so
that no single farmer would end up with all the good or bad land.
Ploughing techniques usually used ridge and furrow cultivation to
prepare the land for drainage and planting.

More details can be found on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_field_system

It is now covered by the "Londesborough Way" estate.


When it was wet and in Winter, the "troughs" between the Strips became waterlogged.


Brothers George and Dick can remember people Skating on the Ice when
the water in the "troughs" between the Strips froze - I cannot
remember it but I am sure that they are correct !!





I was by chance looking at a map in MACLA www.macla.co.uk/images/48meg.jpg

I saw a "moat" in Spring Field - looks like I was told wrong
information when I was a child.

No way would I presume to argue with the Ordnance Survey !!




Roy Andrews said

The Spring field as you call it. I always thought it was The HALLGARTH
FIELD. Or more like the halgat field to the locals.
 

 

Place Name
Station Hotel
Notes
Was owned by Cyril Gillings.

At the front of the Hotel (I think it was really only a Pub, I do not
remember it doing accommodation) there was a row of two or three petrol

At the Left of the premises (backing on to what is now Andrews
garages) were two wooden building (or huts) - Brother George thinks
one of them was an Hairdressers shop - but I cannot confirm or deny that

Cyril Gillings moved away to a bungalow and his new Petrol Filling Station.

The Pumps were removed when the new Petrol Filling Station opened.

It was renamed to be "The Poacher".

Later still it was renamed to be "The Scarf and Goggles".




Roy Andrews said

One of the wooden sheds was a Barbers shop, and the Barber was Fred
Ellis.Poor old Fred had a club foot but it did`nt seem to bother him.




Rodney Garlant said

One thing I reall, as a very young lad, was going to the living
quarters of the Station Hotel to pay our dues into the Sick and
Dividing Club.
You paid a small weeekly contribution and if you fell on hard times
you could claim help from the club.
I think jack Smith and Dick Rush may of had something to do with the collections.

 

Place Name
Swaby's House
Notes
To the West of The Church - Ivy Cottage
 

 

Place Name
Tennis Courts
Notes
These were next to the bowling green, they were accessted by a narrow
path from Mill Lane (now Princes St),opposite and just up from the School.
 

 

Place Name
The Spring
Notes
This is in Drury St behind the last house on the left (corner of Drury
St & Manor Rd), the entrance is through the metal gate down a small
passage, the water runns towards the corner of Station Rd & Manor Rd.
 

 

Place Name
The Quarry
Notes
Up the Heath on the East side, opposite the Rubbish tip


David Claxton said

Syd was my Dad.
He was the Boss of Meg Quarry up the Heath.

Peter Byers said

Our Dad Jock worked for Syd at the Quarry.

Cannot remember the year but when the East Coast floods occurred, Meg
was one of the Quarrys supplying lorry loads of stone.

It probably was not but it felt like hundreds of loads a day trundled
through the village !!
 

 

Place Name
Tiplers Shop
Notes
Sharon Stephenson said

was this john and nellie tiplers butchers shop they were my great
grandparents nellies maiden name was fincham. there eldest daughters
name was constance she married joe butler of blankney. their other
daughter joyce and son john still live in meg


 

 

Place Name
Townsends Old Shop
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Place Name
Towsends Yard
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Place Name
Yates's Shop
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