OSW-NM – Crickheath Wharf – early 1900’s

There was an audio tape held in the Oswestry library with two interviews, we have now transferred the tape to CD.  The quality isn’t good to start but gets better.

The tape starts with Cecil CORFIELD answering questions about Llanymynech Lime Kilns in June 1980 at Llanymynech School.

It then continues with the below which matches with the photograph – Crickheath Wharf – early 1900’s

 “This photograph shows the Crickheath Wharf which was the terminus for the tramroad in the early 1900’s.  The original photograph belonged to Matthew OLIVER (Matty) of Porthywaen, who was aged 80 in 1976, which he used when talking to the children of Morton C of E Primary School in 1976.  The children with their then headmaster, Mr. KNAPPER and an education advisor and HMI Mr. M G JONES and Mt OLIVER retraced the route of the tramroad from Porthywaen Quarry to the Crickheath Wharf on the Montgomery canal.  Mr OLIVER showed the children the special arch for the tramroad at Whitehaven and where the stables were at Crickheath were narrow boat horses lived. He also showed the children his first wage which he produced from a tin box of 5/=.   Mr OLIVER allowed Mr KNAPPER to make a copy of this photograph.”