Torver Village Shop by Pat Barr
Ellis Howe was the shop in Torver from the early to mid 1800’s. The owner of the shop in the early days was a Miss Mary Coulthard. The Prickett family bought the premises and continued to run the shop from the mid 1800’s.
When war was declared Jack joined the army and spent the duration of the war in North Africa and Europe. After he returned Jack met Miss. Rachel Elizabeth Atkinson, formerly of Cleator Moor, who was in lodgings with Tom and Ganny Coward, then living at Dalton Road Crossings, Torver. Rachel worked in service at Eccle Riggs, in Broughton until she was dismissed after agreeing with her employers that the mirror above the grand fireplace was dusty. They wrote in the dust, ‘this mirror is dusty’. Unfortunately she replied in writing again on the mirror saying, ‘I know’, a sackable offence in those days.
Jack and Rachel had two children, Richard and Mary. Richard is of course the Richard Pricket who lives at The Hollace (his wife Elizabeth is sadly no longer with us). They had three daughters, Vanessa, Rachel and Elaine. Mary married Tony Young from Souterstead and their children, John and Barbara, with her husband Sam, still farm their family farms in the village today.
Ellis Howe is now available for holiday let. You can find out more on our Accommodation page.
Ellis Howe today