WHEN I was about 15 years old I remember walking through the church fields at Wickersley (now the Tanyard). I was carrying a billy-can of hot tea to my father who was working with his men, replacing the pinnacles of the upper tower of Wickersley St. Albans. The stone was carved at Ulley using stone from our quarry. This would be around 1950 I think. Once finished, the difference in colour of the old and new stone was quite distinctive.
It was drawn in great detail and adorned the front cover of the parish magazine. One of the sons of the Moss family drew it.
Village life revolved around the church in those days, and I remember as a much younger child attending a church garden party which was held in the grounds of the Moss mansion, Mrs Moss sitting under a shady tree looking like a “Floradora” lady in her long floaty dress and picture hat. Now the grounds and mansion have become Moss Close.
Mrs P Cook, Herringthorpe Close, Rotherham