Albert Butterick was born in 1902 and after working down the pit at Water Haigh he became a drayman at Bentley’s brewery in Woodlesford. For many years he drove one of their lorries delivering beer throughout Yorkshire, County Durham and Lincolnshire.
Albert’s father was born in Oulton in a cottage off Calverley Road close to the Nookin. His father worked on a farm at Methley owned by Lord Mexborough. His mother came from Bowers Row near Swillington where her father was a miner at one of the pits owned by T. and R. W. Bower.
One small blot on Albert’s copybook occured in Februrary 1927 when he was spotted driving along Aberford Road without having his rear licence plate illuminated. Police Constable Ernest Finbow took him to the West Riding Court in Leeds where he was fined 10 shillings.
After his marriage at Woodlesford Church to Catherine Raynes Wilson in 1940 Albert Butterick and his family lived in a small cottage at 11 Aberford Road in Oulton in what is now the car park of the Old Masons pub. The family later moved to a council house on Albert Road.
Click on the links below to hear Albert’s son, Jim Butterick, talk about his father with memories of childhood trips delivering Bentley’s Yorkshire Bitter and other brews far and wide.
Jim Butterick – My dad the drayman