My maternal Grandmother was Eliza Waites, who, before her
marriage was Eliza Barnett. Her father was Thomas Barnett, who was born
in Macclesfield and moved to Oldham. If this was prior to his marriage or
after I do not know. At sometime between the census in 1881 and 1891 Thomas
and his family moved to 29 Shaw Street, in Oldham, three of his unmarried
daughters lived their for the rest of their lives. Auntie Lily being the
last survivor living their until just before the house was demolished in
late 1963 or early 1964. The house was in St
, Oldham. It was a two up, two down terrace with a shared
outside toilet. To the day it was demolished it had no running hot water,
and with only one cold water tap and a sandstone 'slopstone' rather than
a sink. I always enjoyed visiting No. 29. T
This is Aunt Polly (Mary Alice Barnett). Sadly this picture and the
one above are the only ones I have of my Mother's three Aunts.
here was always a warm welcome and the kettle was always singing on the
blackleaded grate. I remember the 'British Bulldog' picture and the horsehair
sofa, which prickled the backs of my legs when I was in short trousers.
When I was young it was a Saturday ritual to go shopping with my mother
in Oldham, usually including a visit to Tommyfield Market followed by the
short walk to Shaw Street to visit mum's three maiden Aunts, Polly, Sally
and Lily. James (Uncle Jim) lived on Westminster Street with Auntie Ethel.
As for the other children of Thomas and Elizabeth I never remember meeting
them, nor for that matter, hearing them mentioned.