LOOKING BACK: The mysterious Miss Dalgleish

Nigel Hey.
Nigel Hey.

A little old lady who lived in a railway carriage in Heysham village around the time of the Second World War is one of the delightful tales covered in a new book.

Nigel Hey, formerly of Heysham and now living in New Mexico, USA, has written his autobiography ‘Wonderment’.

It follows his life and times as a writer, starting when he wrote a children’s story in Heysham and had it accepted by the BBC, aged just 11.

The book recalls fondly his childhood in the village and particularly St Patrick’s chapel and Higher Heysham.

He also recalls the remarkable lady known as ‘Miss Dalgleish’, who lived down the hill from his family’s bakery shop in Heysham village.

Nigel’s parents Aaron and Margery, originally from Yorkshire, had moved to Heysham from Canada where Aaron had helped set up a woollen mill.

“Miss Dalgleish was a period-piece ex-colonial from the India that was still, at that time, connected with Pakistan/Bangladesh/Burma/Ceylon as part of the British Empire’s Raj,” Nigel writes.

“She was old, tiny, and gracefully beautiful, with white hair worn neatly ‘up’ and a dainty ribbon of black cloth fastened around her neck.

“She may also have lived in the Far East, for in her rosewood cabinet she kept a genuine Tibetan prayer wheel, a tiny shrine that could be made to rotate on a hand-held spindle.

“It was odd that this immaculate old lady lived in a railway carriage, and I wondered how it had come to be there, and if it had been brought from India, or Tibet, complete with its cargo of carved camphor chests, anti-macassared armchairs, and prayer wheels.”

Do you remember ‘Miss Dalgleish’?

You can buy Nigel’s book ‘Wonderment’ from HERE