21 July, 2024

Wilf and Frances Paulin

Frances Paulin with Jeff and John.

Wilf Paulin driving the horse and cart used to collect produce from farms. With him is an unknown farmer’s daughter.

  Wilfred Paulin (21.06.1898 – 23.11.1978)

Frances Paulin (31.01.1900 – 18.10.1984).

Wilf met his wife-to-be Frances Scurr when she lived in Sherburn. They married in September 1926, moving into 3 Flowery Hill. As well as Jeff, born 06.04.1927 in the front bedroom of their home, they had another boy named John who was born 4 years later.

Jeff and John first went to Malton Infants School in Wentworth Street. They moved up to the Wesleyan School in Greengate when they were seven. But John was to have only a year at the school as he lost his life when he developed peritonitis at the age of eight.

Jeff completed his schooling at the National School, currently the site of Malton library. It had an entrance for the girls from St Michael’s Street while the boys had to use “Curry’s Passage” from Wheelgate.

Wilf and Frances moved next door into 4 Flowery Bank following the death of John in 1929.  Eliza had decided to move out to live with her daughter Eva in York.  By then Eva was running a grocers shop on Boroughbridge Road at the corner with Malvern Avenue.

Army service in First World War.

Wilf served in the Army during the First World War.  But asthma and hay fever meant he was not sent to France where so many friends as well as relatives died. On being de-mobbed he returned to Broughton, taking over his late brother’s business – a horse and cart used to collect eggs and butter from farms to deliver to Malton Railway Station.

Wilf ‘s first motor was a Model T Ford van. This meant he could   diversify by delivering livestock to and from Malton Market.  He expanded by buying a Chevrolet Truck later bringing Jeff into the business in 1950. It was then  named W Paulin & Son.

Wilf was a well known character who attended the livestock markets at Seamer, Kirkbymoorside, Pickering as well as at Malton. Livestock was also taken to Malton’s abattoir behind what is now The Cornmill on Railway Street.  After retiring he continued going into Malton on Fridays and Saturdays to meet his old chums and enjoy a pint with them in his old “office” aka the Spotted Cow.

Despite being a two-up-two down, No 4 had a large brick-built lean-to as well as a yard in which to keep the truck.   Pigs and hens as well as rabbits were reared on the land behind the cottage.

Wilf was also the rent collector for the 4 cottages on Flowery Hill, forwarding the monies to an agent in Wales on behalf of the owner who lived in Canada. When, after the owner’s death, the cottages were put up for sale in 1948,  Wilf bought all four for £200 each.  He later sold No 1 and 2 to their sitting tenants. No 3 was empty at the time but was sold later.

Wilf played cricket for Broughton when the village boasted a cricket field on the land in front of Oak Farmhouse. This was by kind permission of the late John Potter and then the late Alan Raines. Wilf also played bowls at Swinton.

Wilf, was 80 when he died on 23.11.1978.  Frances lived for another 6 years dying at the age of 84 on 18.10.1984.

Read about John and Eliza Paulin.

Read about Jeff and Margaret Paulin.

See Paulin photos.

AGW 2011

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