Memory Lane: Farm girl Norah

A young Joan Cookson (now Mrs Blundell) with her mother Maggie Cookson (nee Cragg) and Norah Cowperthwaite in the late 1930s.

A young Joan Cookson (now Mrs Blundell) with her mother Maggie Cookson (nee Cragg) and Norah Cowperthwaite in the late 1930s.

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OUR recent Then and Now feature on Higher Fall Farm, Clifton Road, Marton, brought back memories of the Cowperthwaite family – and in particular spinster Norah – from two readers.

Today the renovated farmhouse building survives as offices, surrounded by industrial units, but Malcolm Boyce, 70, can recall lots of open land in the early days of the neighbouring Mereside council estate.

Maggie Cookson (nee Cragg) with Norah Cowperthwaite on holiday in Spain in 1967.

Maggie Cookson (nee Cragg) with Norah Cowperthwaite on holiday in Spain in 1967.

He says: “We moved into 17 Deepdale Road, Mereside, in November 1949, when I was seven, and Clifton Road was just a country lane.

“My mum used to send me to Cowperthwaite’s farm to buy eggs, and I was always served by Norah.

“She was a lovely lady and would always slip a couple extra in the bag and say ‘they’re for your tea’.

“I’m still in the same house today. Happy Days.” Meanwhile Joan Blundell (nee Cookson), of Broadpool Lane, Hambleton, recalls Norah as a great friend of her late mother, whose maiden name was Maggie Cragg.

Norah Cowperthwaite of Higher Fall Farm, Clifton Road, Marton

Norah Cowperthwaite of Higher Fall Farm, Clifton Road, Marton

She says: “I can well remember calling on Norah every Saturday when my mother was going to my aunt’s house in Lee Road.

“We went down the side of the house to the back door and into the kitchen.”

Joan adds: “My mum was friends with Norah when they went to Little Marton School.

“After my dad, Jim Cookson, died in 1960, the friendship started up again.

“I have quite a few photographs in the family album of Norah, including one taken in 1967 when she was on holiday with my mum in Spain, and a much earlier one from the late 1930s, where I am just a little girl with them.

“Norah was a lovely person, so kind, and it was good to read about her.”