Villages were very close-knit before the War. People had to have
nicknames in the village at that time because there were so
many members of the same family, fathers and sons with the
same Christian names. My father was called Scottie Archbold,
George Archbold was called Cuddie and William Archbold was
called Clippie. In the Smailes, there was Pittas Bob and Fire.
Little Adam was the harbour man. You wouldn't have been able
to differentiate, without the nicknames......
My great grandfather and great, great grandfather were both called
Akins. My grandfather was Little Akins. At one time there were
twenty-three John Archbolds, and they all had a by-name, to
distinguish one from another. I know some of the by-names -
Beachy Bob, Jack Shil, (Shilbottle Jack), Crappy, he was a
right bad-tempered man, then there was Foxy, Pittas Bob, Derby
Jenny, Clippie (Bill Archbold), Sailor Bill (the man who built
the 5 houses in Chapel Row), Aad Scottie, and Dode, These names
were still used when we came here in 1967.
Billy the Trumpeter
| Sanderson, North side, father of Mary Ann, Lizzie,
Thos. W. Archbold, my father, son of John (Crappy).
Jack Stanton, South side, father of Rachel, Maggie Jane
Robert Archbold, father of Roger, etc.
Thos. Smailes, brother of "Beech".
Wm. Dawson (Church Street), married Nance Simpson,
father of Chas
James Archbold, (Church Street) married his cousin
Jane Archbold, father of Sam, Raffa, Jane, etc.
Joe (Tate) Archbold's father.
James Archbold father of "Little Akins",
possibly from Acton, where the family once lived.
James Archbold, North side, married Mary Gibb, father
of Wm Reid Archbold.
Wm. Gibb Archbold married Liz Bell, father of Eric
Jack Archbold, Tom Bowling - Tom Archbold, brothers
of Mary Jane who married Jos. Carss.
Geo Simpson, built 7, Church Street, uncle of Nance
Wm. Dawson, built 5 Church Street, father
Adam Archbold, married Jeannie Stephenson - son of
Piemy, father of Ada and Winnie.
John Archbold, my grandfather.
Jack Archbold, married Ellen Smailes and built house
at North side
Ralph Archbold, Annie Jane Nelson's father.
Thomas Grey. Esther McLaren's father and brother to
Bob Grey, who had the Pub.
William Archbold, father of Adam and brother to Foxy.
Jack Shil - John Archbold, he lived at Shilbottle
when young. He was
Robert Smailes, married Peggy Stanton, built house
on Garden Terrace, (West End)
Jack Smailes Fire's brother.
Wm. Stephenson, belonging Boulmer, married Bella Archbold
Wm. Dawson, son of Edward, father of Robert John - North
John Smailes, father to Pidah.
I don't think my grandfather would have been to Alnwick.
It was a day's journey to get there, unless you walked
to Little Mill to get the train. We had Rutherford's buses
and before that we had Little Adam's bus. He was the harbour
master and he had a little bus and he called it 'The Ocean
Maid'. He was going from here to Boulmer and something
blew in the engine - he opened the doors and shouted 'every
man for hissel'. He thought the engine had gone on fire.
He stole a lot of copper from a ship that came ashore and he
put it in the floor of the bus, underneath the wood. The police
came to look for it and he said 'it's no good looking
there mind' and of course they did and he was fined for
stealing the copper. He offered the police a lift and because
the bus was too heavy to start, that's how they found the
Eva never married, she was engaged to a gentleman but nothing
came of it. She worked at the Store at Howick. She cycled to
Howick and she told everybody that she made knickers last twice
as long as they did because she 'turned them'. I don't know
how she did it. Eva was a typical Archbold - she wouldn't spend
a penny when a halfpenny would do. She was a housekeeper in
Thropton for a little while. I can remember going to visit
her, possibly on a Sunday. That was the only day we went out
together. Mam told me that she was taking us along the rocks
to see if there were any frogs and tadpoles and Eva asked 'what
is the connection between frogs and tadpoles' and when told
she said 'Do you know, I never knew that, I may as well have
been brought up in a nunnery'. She was Secretary/Treasurer
for the Hall and was one of the founder members of the W.I.
She could keep you right on procedure.
There were some real characters. The old lady that lived where
Mrs. Davison lived, was Winnie Archbold's granny - Bella.
When Matt Stephenson, who lived next door to Marjorie, got
married - he would be in his 40's when he married - and
he said to little Bella, who was a bit bad with her eyes - 'Bella,
I've getten a good wife, she comes from Seahouses, they
call her Eleanor White', Bella thought a bit and said 'she
canna be that good or she would have been teken afore now'.
There were 2 aviaries of canaries here. Jimmy Smailes had some
and Jack Archbold. Now Jack was blind, and he had canaries
up that garden. He had the feeders on the side, and he used
to take the feeders down and blow into them the get the shell
out. He could put it straight back. He was totally blind, so
was his brother Roger. He used to put his fingers directly
into the nests- he knew exactly where they were - to see how
many little ones there were. He didn't show them, it was just
a hobby. His old shed's up there now, it's covered in ivy.
Billy Bunk was in America or Canada for a while and one of his
famous sayings was
The only thing we're good at is murdering bloody folk'.
He used to live up the cut between the kipper yards and the restaurant.
(William Gibb Archbold, brother of Annie Jane Nelson
and married to Liz Bell.)
Clippie Archbold (right) with Luke Robson
I remember Bill Archbold, Clippie as they called him - his nickname
or bye-name - 'cause we used to play around about there,
me and Dougie and Raymond, when we were younger and we used
to run around his hut and he'd be mending the lobster
pots and we used to shout 'Clippie' and he would
chase us. If he caught you, he used to take the belt off and
we got that. It wasn't often he caught us like. But he
had a memory like an elephant, he never used to forget, he
would get you a fortnight later.