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Birchcliffe garden

From Char March

Friday, 25 August 2017

I live up Birchcliffe Road, and have always wondered what the reasons were behind the garden there being donated to the town.  Does anyone know anything about it?  The plaque in the garden reads:

This garden was opened on 8th June 1961 by Mrs P K Griffiths of Maidenhead and is the gift of Mrs Lilian Blackburn of Darlington formerly of Hebden Bridge in loving and treasured memory of her elder daughter June Megan Blackburn who died on 11th February 1932 aged 9 years.

This raises so many questions, not least, why was there a 29 year gap between little June Megan dying, and the garden being donated.

Does anyone know anything at all about the Blackburn family;  how June Megan died;  why there was such a gap...

Any information very gratefully received.

From Alan E

Friday, 22 September 2017

Hello, looked on the AncestryUK site and June Megan's parents were Lillian (nee Tweddle) and Garnet Blackburn - both seem to be from Hebden Bridge before they married in Darlington, 1920.  

Garnet's WW1 army record show his occupation was Ironmonger & his address as Rydal Mount, Hebden Bridge when he enlisted in the Royal Engineer section.  

He was born 1896 & parents were Thomas (Joiner & Builder, born Hebden bridge 1862) & Ada Amanda, or Ada M?

Sorry I have no more information but did send your message on to a person who has this family on their Family Tree (they also have  a photograph on there of a Calderdale gravestone which commemorates little June Megan and various other members of the family (sorry unable to download but there is a free trial available for the Ancestry site so you can see the photo & find more information from the census records up to 1911).