Category Archives: Genealogy


This post is all about Timperley.

Timperley is a small village bewteen Altrincham and Sale both in Cheshire, UK.

On Wikipedia Timperley has its own page.

My family have had a Cleary living in Timperley since the turn of the late 1800’s into the 1900. Even though I’ve moved away my parents and two of my children live within easy walk of Timperley Village.

I started a new group on FaceBook the past couple of weeks called ‘Memories of Timperley‘, the group is a closed group but all are welcome to join the group and I will organise your acceptance.

The group is there to capture photographs, memories and stories from all age groups and allows old disconnected friend to re-connect. I myself had lost touch with a couple of people I got on really well with when i was younger and now 25 years since we last spoke we have made contact. Hopefully in the not too distant future we can meet up and reminisce over a beer or two?

At today’s count we have 156 members in the group and its popularity is growing. We have also managed to get a varied selection of photographs too, more though are welcome as long as they are copyright free.

Aside from the group we’ve had a weekend of entertaining people as it was our youngest sons birthday on Friday, we had Grandma and Grandad for tea on Friday night, Nana and Grandad, as well as cousin William on Saturday for lunch, Josh had a couple of mates staying over on Saturday night, then today Sunday we’ve had Sam my daughter, Matt and Grandson Harry over for Sunday Tea. We’ve not had Lewis or Drew over here as they’ve both been working this weekend.

My Great Grand Father (Maternal)

I have finally tracked down my maternal Great Grand Father today (Thomas Helliwell) with the help of a couple of very helpful ladies from the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society (MLFHS – & Bury MBC Registrars Office.

I knew my Grand father very well but he very rarely spoke about his parents, we knew about his mother because her surname was an unusual one (PODESTA) & she came from a family living in Bury, Lancashire. However her husband was very elusive & all we knew was that he possibly came from Todmorden in Lancashire.

So I sent off for the marriage certificate & it arrived today.

On the certificate it named the father of the happy couple which has allowed me to look for information oh Thomas’s side of the family.

Looks like they all grew up in & around Todmorden in the late 1800’s & the majority seemed to be employed in the local cotton mills. My Great Grand Father however seemed to break away from the cotton industry & went into hairdressing eventually owning his own salon in Bury, Lancashire.

I’ve still got many more avenues & batches of information to work through but I think I may have made a break through. Many thanks ladies for the help i really do appreciate the information.

Mrs C, her best friend Dix, my daughter sam & our other friend Mrs M are all off to Chelsea’s Key103 lunch tomorrow at Old Trafford in aid of charity, enjoy the day ladies.