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Neddy in Brockmoor Nasty House article was a character

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

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IT was very interesting to read both letters in The Bugle (November 28 and December 19 editions) from Margaret Head and Alf Robinson about the Nasty House in Brockmoor.

The name of the pub was The Hearty Goodfellow and Neddy Andrews who was mentioned was a brother to my Grandmother Deborah Parker (nee Andrews) and an Uncle to my Dad, Charles Edward Parker, also known as Ned.

Neddy never married and lived at Gills Fold, Brockmoor, with his parents Edward and Mary Andrews. He was one of 13 children, with only seven surviving, and Neddy was the youngest of the seven. To the family he was always known as 'Unc', short for Uncle. He loved playing his piano and to entertain in his own funny sort of way. Many years later the family moved to Bankwell Street on the nearby Dudley Fields Estate and this is where I got to know more about him when I was growing up.

I can still picture him now sitting in the corner of my Grandmother's house with a scarf around his neck and a large safety pin holding his clothes together, with his piano close by.

Neddy was born in 1888 and I believe he died in the early 1950s around the age of 64.

He was indeed a character in the Brockmoor community, a funny little man.

Mrs Ada Growcott,

30 Blackwater Close,


Brierley Hill, DY5 4QG.

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