1947 winter (snowed in in Stamford)

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Topic Originator: paul
Post Date July 9, 2005 @ 5:33 AM
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July 9, 2005 @ 5:33 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

The 1947 winter was the worst we had experienced in Stamford and to my memory, still is.  I was at primary  school and our trudge to get there was quite an ordeal.  The snow which had fallen on the paths and down the middle of Casterton Road was piled high in the gutters at the side of the road and came way above our wellies for weeks.
My mother took me to the top of Casterton Road just near what is now Waverley Gardens (it was fields then) to see the first snow plough come through as we were cut off from the places north of Stamford.  It was an awesome sight with snow drifts right across the road and up to the height of the hedges.  The snowplough channeled its way through and we were liberated!
Ed:  Do you have some memories of 1947 winter in Stamford?  Let us know.  If you were elsewhere during winter of 1947 we would still like to hear from you.

John Frear
November 24, 2005 @ 7:03 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

A friend of mine who has now sadly passed on was at that time in the Royal Navy, and stationed in Portsmouth. He had a weekend pass and as was not an uncommon practise in those days decided to thumb (hitch hike) a lift home. He got as far as Wansford and had to turn back since time was running out for him to be back "aboard" before his pass expired.
Ed:  Yes, John, that stretch of road from Wansford to Wittering (particularly around Wittering) was notorious for squally winds and showers and when bad weather was upon us many people got stranded there.  I seem to remember that a few years ago a line of lorry drivers were stranded and had to be taken in by the village of Wittering until the weather allowed the traffic to flow again.  I myself, remember giving someone a lift from Wansford "crossroads" into Stamford many years ago. That was in a  green Ford Popular and when I had first passed my driving test.

December 2, 2005 @ 7:34 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Yes, it seems strange to remember Wansford "crossroads" and to think we just had to look to left and right and cross over from alongside the riverside road (River Nene)!  The traffic must have been a bit lighter then.Anyone remember when the flyover was constructed?

June Rollings
July 16, 2011 @ 10:21 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I remember well the winter of 1947. i lived in belmesthorpe and was a pupil at Ryhall Junior School,  To get to school we had to use the lane from Belmesthorpe to Ryhall. The older childen from Belmesthorpe who  attended Casterton Secondary School would take us to Ryhall school before getting the bus to Casterton.  I remember the snow drifts being ovr six feet high down the lane - an absolute awesome sight. The Casterton pupils were;  Philip Joanand Brian Marshall; Harry Horton and Mary and Maureen Sargeant. - those were really happy days.

July 17, 2011 @ 1:59 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I remember the winter of 1947 no one missed school, that was unheard of.  Walking from Lambeth Walk the snow was so deep that it reached the top of the cemetry wall.    Wagons got stuck but they all managed to get through despite the snow

Clem Walden
July 21, 2011 @ 8:52 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Hi Betty, the snow in 1947 had driffted against our back door and was about 5ft deep I well remember our dad opening the back door and saying to my mum we can't get out Marg:- I could not believe how deep it was it was just a wall of snow that had the imprint of the back door on it.  
Dad got the shovel out the coal house that was inside the scullery (kitchen to those who may not know what a scullery is) then stood on a chair to remove this great wall of snow. I thought it was great fun anyway dad cleared it all away but our back yard was full of snow he had removed from the back door for several days. But like you Betty
I did get to school; dad got to work and my mum still managed to do her daily tasks. Fond memories.

July 22, 2011 @ 11:19 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Those Wansford crossroads were a nightmare.My Dad used to take me in his car to teach me to drive.We went all around the villages one day and came on to the  the Wansford road.Got to the A.1.and I panicked there and went across in about 10 jumps,he never took me out again.My mate Adolf then taught me to drive!!Does anyone out there remember Adolf the only English he knew when he arrived in Stamford was what we taught him,can you imagine?Ithink he ended up as a union leader at Baker Perkins!!

Dave Leishman
July 23, 2011 @ 3:00 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

If I remember correctly Adolph was a Hungarian refugee who arrived in the UK during the the 1950's (as a very young boy). I remember him looking  tough but actualy quite pleasant. His pride and joy was a Ducatti motorcycle, very noisy machines. I remember riding on the back of it one evening going to a dance at Wittering.

July 23, 2011 @ 9:56 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Hi Phil

I remember Adolf well, we used to hang about together on our motor bikes, his surname was sinjer (name right, spelling wrong, sorry).
We had great times together, and can you remember hitting that car in Market Deeping, Phil, you were on the back of my A.J.S.
When Adolf came to my Mum's house I held my breath 'til we went out again, would love to see him and others from my past again.

July 24, 2011 @ 4:14 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Well hello Syd after all these years hope you are well.I remember the car in Deeping as though it was yesterday.He swerved across the road in front of us to go into his drive and his bumper hit your shin,he was an old git! like we are now.A few days later the PLOD! were round our house asking if I was on the back of your A.J.S.(someone had grassed us cause you were on L's)They said you were very ill in Cornwall and wanted to know who was to blame.Any way you pulled through and I kept quiet and all was well.Nice to hear from you again Syd after all these years.those were great times we had.Last time I saw Adolf was 30 years ago and he lived in Lincoln Road in Peterboro'.Do you remember Dick Cove on his two stroke with straight through exhaust.God that made a racket the PLOD were always pulling him for noise!!!regards Phil

Clem Walden
July 24, 2011 @ 11:58 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Hi-Syd, I remember Adolf I thought he had a 250 Royal Enfield Sports
burgandy colour? but perhaps im wrong. However as you say it would be nice to see him and others again. Those motorbike days were great fun and you could buy a lot for £100 then. Great Memories.

July 26, 2011 @ 5:44 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Good memory Clem it was a Royal Enfield.I went on it many a time.no crash hats then.I think a lad probably called Simpson who was a friend of Barry Green had the Ducati..Adolf also had a lovely white Cortina the ladies loved that car!!!

Dave Leishman
July 26, 2011 @ 7:53 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Re- Adolph's bike. I stand corrected. The Ducatti I am thinking about belonged to one of the Johnsons Chemist boys.

Roger Partridge
July 26, 2011 @ 8:27 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

In the early/mid 1970s I worked with a Julie Cyngier or was it Cynga (pronounced sinja) in Peterborough. I can't remember though if that was her maiden or married name. She would have been in her early 20s and I wonder if there was any connection with Adolph.

Clem Walden
July 27, 2011 @ 7:03 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Hi Dave, I was in conversation with Sid Bowers at Burghley Golf club the other day and when I came home I sat down and tried to remember who had Ducatti bikes in the 50s thinking about this I also remembered the following:-Killer Jackson:-Spud Baker had 250 Royal Enfield Sports then changed to 200 Ducatti's:-Roy Plant had a 250  Dougles Dragonfly:-Albert Glover 250 AJS:-Jimmy Dawson Triumph Bonivile:-Cis Velham BSA Road Rocket:-Johny Lea:-150 James:-Syd Bowers 250 AJS:-Adolf 250 Royal Enfield sports:-Ped Palmer 250 BSA:-Bumb McCartney Tiger 110:-Peter Bracewell Tiger 110:-Myself a 250 BSA Changed to 250 Royal Enfield Sport:-Then to an Airial Square 4 my last bike being a Norton Dominator 99. Hope I have got all my spelling correct and all the bikes? By the way Syd Bowers reminded me about the time I was stopped in Oundle by the police he asked me what bike I had at the time I think it was the Royal Enfield? I do remember having to go to Court but the reason why or the offence I commited I do not remember. Perhaps Syd may be able to throw some light on it as he was with me at the time. Great days and fond memories.

Clem Walden
July 27, 2011 @ 7:20 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Hi-Phil I remember Adolf on his 250 Royal Enfield Sports but don't remember the white Cortina. Perhaps that was after my motor bike days. I bought my first car in 1959 a Ford Prefect from Alexanders in Station Road. I paid £70 for it. My Nan gave me a loan as I was a little short. Sold the Norton 99 for about £50 or so and decided I needed a car. Wish I still had it!  Old Ford Prefects fetch a few bob these days.

Roger Partridge
July 29, 2011 @ 8:40 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

If "Spud" Baker's name was actually Clive, then I remember very well seeing his Ducati in the early 60s as he lived just down the road from me.

Louise Cyngier
September 7, 2013 @ 8:04 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Hi all,
Adolf Cyngier is my father in law & he & his wife Pam would like to catch up with
their friends from back in Stamford. I read out some of your comments & he laughed at the mention of the white car!!! He's told me some stories ;-)
If you could email or return a comment that'd be great.
Many thanks

Clem Walden
November 19, 2013 @ 12:03 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Hi Louise, Please give Adolf my kind regards I remember him well.We all had great times riding about on our motorbikes. Generaly most of us would meet each other in Red Lion Square then decide where we would be going. Very often we would do a few circuits of the Town first. That never pleased the the local Stamford Police in those days. I well remember being stoped one day by Sgt Foreman one of the local cops as I was travelling through Broad Street "He asked me if I thought the Town was a "circuit race track" I was a little cheeky and said yes. He promptly responded  "saying if you come through Broad Street again on your Town circuit I will book you for public nuisance"  So I decided to change my route and avoid Broad Street.  Fond memories.