Stanley Village - Part 3 - Post Graduates
w/e 24 September 2006
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
Welcome To Stanley Village

Derby RoadIn the second part of our monthly series covering Stanley we left the main route through the village to explore Morley Lane and the area known as Klondyke before returning to the road junction at the White Hart pub. This is also where Derby Road changes to Station Road and Station Road will form the backbone of the rest of our journey through the village. But before we move along that route there are still one or two points of interest that we need to investigate in this vicinity. We'll begin by retracing our steps into Morley Lane for a few yards and then continue to the War Memorial and the Primary School.

Original Post Office

The reason for retracing our steps into Morley Lane is to see these properties. Sandwiched between the Methodist Chapel to the right of the picture above, and the White Hart are a number of cottages and it was at number five Morley Lane that the original Post Office was located.
Old Post Office

Old Post Office from the White HartBacktracking to the road junction we see directly in front a property that was opened in 1934 as a purpose-built Post Office. It continued serving the village as such until it was converted into a house in 1979/80. Right from Victorian times until the time of this conversion, the Post Office in Stanley had been run by members of the Outram family. The small image right shows the same building as seen from the car park of the White Hart but in the image above it is still possible to make out the original shop frontage before it was bricked up and replaced with the bay window during the conversion.
Present Post Office

This image is really out of sequence in the walk as we will not reach this part of Station Road until Part 5 of the series but I've included it here in the interests of continuity as it shows the present Post Office which is housed in The Village Shop. With the onset of out-of-town retail parks and supermarkets everywhere it is good to see traditional values perpetuated in places such as this. With the current thinking though with regard to postal services and the closing of Post Offices, one is forced to wonder how long they can continue. Thankfully the village shop (or should that be The Village Shop) in Stanley appears to be flourishing.
2nd World War Memorial

After that slight diversion we rejoin our exploration of the village at the War Memorial but the postal service surely played a part here in both World Wars, delivering those dreaded telegrams to inform the families of the loss of those names listed here. A plaque on the monument lists those from the village who perished between 1939 and 1945. These include an Able Seaman in the Navy, and two Privates and a Lance-Sergeant in the Army.

War Memorial

The concrete base of the War Memorial was gifted by the Mapperley Colliery Company of which we shall learn more in a later part of this series but the engravings on the monument also show that six men from the village made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War - four Privates in various Regiments, an Acting Major in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and a 1st Class Boy on HMS Formidable. As time passes knowledge of the people behind the names and the lives they led will fade from memory but as it says on the memorial "Heroes All For Us They Died". It is more than likely that some if not all of those men once attended and, to borrow an American term, graduated from the village school which lies behind the property seen in the bottom right view above.

It is difficult to get a good view from near the War Memorial today of the St. Andrew's Church of England Primary School - see middle image of triptych above - so I cheated by returning to Dale Road which was featured in Part 1 of the series. From there on a footpath that leads over Stanley Brook and across the fields I was able to get the other two images of the school which opened in 1882 on land given by William Drury Lowe of Locko Park. The school was extended several times prior to the First World War to cope with the children of the population that was rapidly expanding in the village.
Quarry Farm

From the school today it is possible to look across the valley to the hillside opposite although the view will be much clearer when the leaves have fallen off the trees. Although no bombs fell on the village during the Second World War, children (and adults too) looking that way on Sunday July 12th 1942 might have seen an experimental aircraft en route from Boscombe Down to Blackpool disintegrate and fall to the ground near Quarry Farm, killing all six occupants of the plane. This view of the farmland above was also taken from a footpath off Dale Road.

In the next part we'll start at Stanley Church which is a little to the left of the War Memorial about as far as the school is to the right.

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