The photo Gallery





The Percy Arms, Birtley and the Smith Family……

From top left: Margaret Smith (Osborne) with four of her ten children. W. G Smith, Walter Smith and Others, The Percy Arms, George Smith and Ossie Smith.




Thompson Baty at his Bowls Club, with Isabel his sister and the note relating to the ‘Dagger’ held by the Desgris Family….. there is another dagger in Jane Pett’s possession…..Thoms dagger


Jane’s DaggerUncle Thom's Dagger (2)


Barbara Bowls

Thom Isabel Leo Paul 1958

Winnie possibly


Thom, Isabel, Leo and Paul – 1959








May Fairbrother (Ellis), late 1940’s, was the brooch a gift from Uncle Thom ?

Lily a cup





Lily with one of her Prize Cups for cookery

mum, nana etc

Front row: Sandra and May Ellis, Lilian Fairbrother, who are the others ?

Jane & Sandra


Jane and Sandra Ellis


wedding cake jane










May loved to cook  (a skill she had inherited from her mother Lilian).
She went to evening classes to learn cake icing, and this was one of her achievements. Jane’s wedding cake in the design of Wedgewood for the 1978 marriage.


Lilian was a first class knitter and crocheter and loved nothing more than a challenge of something new to make.
Jane writes, “I still have many jackets, jumpers etc. she made for me, including this bedspread made up of 1600 individual small squares in white cotton, hand sewn together for my wedding 40 years ago.

She made this one on one of her visits to us “down south” in between cooking us all many delights of cakes and pastries etc.”

Sandra & Jane


Sandra & Jane Ellis in 1978


Sandra on her way to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace !


Birtley School photo

Birtley School Photo (early 1930’s)

This photo has been featured in the main pages, nevertheless it is worth a mention separately.

Back row left to right:

2nd – Thomas Baty, 6th – Thomas (Thompson) Fairbrother born 1920

Second row:

2nd – Winnie Fairbrother born 1921, 4th – Isabel Baty born 1917

Third row:

4th-  May Fairbrother born 1924.


Another Birtley School Photo and the kids playing in the snow – no date, Winnie is back middle.


Hubert (Hughie) and Winifred (Winnie) Fairbrother