009Sarah Tindsley was born in Salford Lancashire on the 8th of August 1893 in the reign of Queen Victoria. She was one of seven children and the only daughter of Elizabeth and Edwin Tindsley. In the 1901 Census of England and Wales Sarah and her family moved to Bolton and were living at number 21 Apple Street in the district of Bolton le Moors Emmanuel, a district of Bolton Lancashire. Later in 1911, the census shows that the family had moved to a different address in Bolton to number 65, Thynne Street Bolton, nearer to the town centre, this street still exists today I travel along it regularly on my way to the town centre.  Here in Bolton she met and married Grandpa Norman, and according to family information, Grandma Sarah and Grandpa Norman worked and met whilst working the same cotton mill in Bolton.

Bolton at that time, was like most other Lancashire towns and the main employment was in the cotton mills a thriving industry at the time, creating much employment for the people of Bolton and the skyline was awash with the tall brick chimneys and red brick mills. On the 30th of December 1915, at the Kings Hall Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Bradshawgate Bolton, Sarah Tindsley (Spinster) and Norman Matthews (Bachelor) tied the knot and  began their married life  together.


DSCF8858This is Grandma Sarah’s house where I spent most of our courting days. We would visit her usually in the middle of the week and spend time sat on deck chairs at the back in her lovely cottage garden. It was always sunny then or at least it seemed so.
My husband (boyfriend then), would cut her grass for her and mend anything that was broken in around the house.
In return,  we would feast on homemade scones, potato cakes , homemade bread and lemon curd, and copious cups of tea.