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Harry and Gladys Wint

Notes taken by Elaine Sarson

Gladys met and married Harry Wint who was born in Mapperley. Gladys lived in New Street, Stanley. They married in 1941 in Stanley church and lived in Mapperley from 1946. They moved into one of the new timber built houses. There were 8 of these houses built by the Council. 4 were for miners and 4 for men from the services.

Harry joined the Northamptonshire Regiment and went to Italy and Africa.  He was away for 5 years. They lived rough and slept in horse stables or wherever they could llay their heads. He was in combat and during one particular incident all his comrades died. Harry was the only survivor although he was injured by shrapnel in his shoulder and was flown back to the UK.

He spent a year in Harlow Wood recuperating. On his return home he carried on doing everything he needed to despite the injury.  He worked at Mapperley Pit and moved to Denby Pit after Mapperley closed. He retired from Rolls Royce at Hucknall.

Harry passed away in June 1966.

Harry and Gladys have a daughter Glenda who visits her mum daily.

Harry had a brother Sam and sisters Stella, May, Violet and Anna.  Anna died when she was 18 due to heart trouble.  They had a small shop next door to The Black Horse selling sweets and general groceries. There were 4 shops then, Wint’s, Wesley Derbyshire’s (on crossroads in village), Ozzie Howitt’s  and Polly Boam’s Post Office (both on Coronation Road).

Harry’s father was a very keen gardener, showing vegetables at local shows. This would be at The Black Horse, Stanley and also at my grandmother’s pub in Awsworth, The Jolly Colliers.

The vegetables he grew he would also deliver them by horse and cart round the village. His allotment was next to Holy Trinity Church.  From the age of about 14 Harry and his brother Sam would have to help their dad digging the allotment and spreading muck on it.

Monster Beans At Mapperley

Harry and Sam would also be the gardeners at Church Farm for Amy Morgan and the gardens were beautiful. The garden was full of colour as well as vegetables.

Leisure activities would take place in The Institute. There were glowing fires at each end of the room and they had fun dancing and playing beetle drive and whist drives. They really enjoyed going to the events at the Institute but unfortunately this was later sold off and bought by Bernard Mellor, Joiner and Undertaker.

There weren’t many cars about then but the village did have a reasonable bus service especially on a Saturday to take you to the pictures. Gladys recalls the buses being from 9am Saturday returning at 11am, 2pm returning 5pm then 6pm and returning 9.30pm.  They would also enjoy a drink in The Black Horse.

On occasions Gladys would go to catch a bus from the village only to find she had missed it so had to walk the lane to Mapperley Crossroads. Not a happy memory!

Glenda was 18 when her parents had their first car. Before that it was either walking or bicycle.  The family enjoyed walking and would regularly walk the lanes round the village. Gladys continued doing this after Harry died and even did a daily walk round the Pond up till 3 years ago…when she was a very young 90!

Gladys’ memories are vast but some in particular are the big brown van that would deliver paraffin and hardware. Arthur Bakers van delivering green grocery. Collecting milk from Hills Farm before we had milkmen and deliveries. Herbert Smith who came to empty dustbins. She remembers Harry and Jane Monks having The Candlestick public house at Park Hall, not forgetting Sparkie the dog.  There was Teddy Thomas who was nicknamed Little Teddy. I don’t know how tall (short) he was but well under 5ft. He lived in a caravan on one of the fields belonging to Manor Farm.

One incident she recalls well was the very sad accident on Mapperley Lane. This was when there was no pavement. Marie Davis was walking home from the pictures with her boyfriend. A car hit her boyfriend and he was killed. This was devastating to Marie and also the villagers. It was after this that they widened the lane and made a pavement to walk on. Gladys remembers that Stella Burton, Harry’s sister, had 2 evacuees during the war, a brother and sister. Stella lived at the house adjacent to The Black Horse. Gladys recalls the boy’s name being Roy so from my listing in the Evacuees section in History I would assume that it was perhaps Roy and Patricia Staines.
In 1991 Gladys and Harry were invited by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire to Chatsworth House along with many others in Derbyshire who shared the same Golden Wedding date. They had a wonderful day.

Mr and Mrs Wint Golden Wedding

I would like to thanks Gladys for her memories and her time. I have known her all my life and have to say she doesn’t change. A remarkable lady who as I write this is about to celebrate her 93rd birthday.

Elaine Sarson
December 2012.

Gladys passed away on 31st January 2014 aged 94 years. 
Gladys was Mapperley's oldest resident. A lovely lady who will be very sadly missed.


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