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Local History Articles

Bilsdale Folk

There are, and have been, many local characters who have all contributed to the community of Bilsdale.  We celebrate them here. Please let us know who else you would like to include.

William Ainsley, licensed retailer in British and foreign wines, spirits, ale, porter and tobacco. Cricket club secretary for 66 years. "A gentle, industrious and truly delightful man". Remembered by Mike Amos in the Northern Echo and by Alyson Jackson, a relative.

Picture of William and his grandfather, 1931.

Published: 22 2016 (Updated: 26 2022)

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