Nettlebank by Jean Hill

When I was a child in the 1940s and 50’s I lived in Nettlebank, Smallthorne. But I was a ‘NETTLEBONKER’ which is distinct from being a ‘SMOTHENER’.

Nettlebank, as it was then, enjoyed an almost ‘Passport to Pimlico’ existence. We were cut off from Smallthorne on the East by the railway line which ran from Bellerton Colliery to the coal wharf. The coal wharf at Nettlebank with its high stone wall, part of which is still there, was our boundary to the North, while to the South lay Sneyd Green which was then thought of as a bit posh and a place to aspire to.

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