Does anyone remember Aggie Parton’s ice cream?

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Even on grey days, ice cream is a treat. Image of Norton Road, Pelsall, from ‘A Picture Tour of Old Pelsall, Russhall and Shelfield’ by John Sale and Bill Mayo.

I’ve got an intriguing one here I’d not heard before, from Jill Walters of Pelsall, who’s asking a very simple question – she posted the following in the Common People group for Pelsall earlier today, and I’m wondering if anyone can help?

We’ve mentioned the great ice cream sellers of Brownhills before – Selwyn Smith, the Pelari family – and recently the lost pedal cart of Mr. Pinchers that used to grace Walsall Wood. But what of Aggie Parton in Pelsall?

Jill posted:

We’ve been having a ‘do you remember’ afternoon, and have been talking about Aggie Parton’s ice cream in the 1950’s. does anyone else remember the beautiful taste of this lovely ice cream?

[It] was in Pelsall… We used to queue on a Sunday afternoon with our jugs or bowls to have them filled. Aggie went to her grave with the recipe for it.

[The shop] was roughly by the dentists or next to it. She had a grocery shop, but couldn’t serve from that, only the ice cream on a Sunday. Her Hubby used make the wafers in a gadget, which he had to rotate the handle to make it ‘pop up’ when it was done.

Jill has identified the ‘gadget’ as a Wafer Master (see this link here), and it’s a new one on me.

There has been speculation those Anslow boys may remember this… I do hope so!

You know what to do. Comment here, or mail me. BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Quick, lick that before it runs over your fingers…

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7 Responses to Does anyone remember Aggie Parton’s ice cream?

  1. Sue Hill says:

    As I replied to Jill on Common People – I have strong memories of Aggie’s ice cream as a child and going with my dad to collect it with a basin or jug on Sunday afternoons. My mum used to say that many people had tried to get her to write down the recipe but she never would and took it with her to her grave. I have never had ice cream like it since, it was sooo creamy. For many years after Aggie had passed away, the paddle thingy (haven’t a clue what it was called lol) that she used to make the ice cream was left out in the yard behind the shop. I recall my dad saying when he spotted it there, that he wished he only had the recipe! I can only guess that eventually this found its way to the tip. I’m pretty sure Jill is right in that the shop is where the dentist is now and the old (original) post office maybe next door.

  2. Barry Gilkes says:

    I remember it well. Her shop was next to the post office/general store which was run by Mr Davies, I was friends with their son Roger. Aggie made the ice cream in a small outhouse in the back yard which was shared by the post office. My uncle, Charlie Venables was the village postman, lived in Ryders Hayes Lane and could climb over the wall into the yard to get to work!
    As you say we used to queue for ages to buy her ice cream and there is not any of todays ice cream that comes anywhere near the taste of Aggies

    • John Anslow says:

      When I was about three years old, I used to wait every morning for Mr Venables to bring the post, and would run to the gate to meet him. He always had a cheery word for me and sometimes a sweet.

  3. Laurie Thacker says:

    A bit before my time but my Dad remembers enjoying Aggies ice cream, his recollection is she started selling the ice cream a few years after the war and it was available, one day a week, for several years. He has a different recollection of why she stopped selling it, he remembers having a conversation with a friend who said she had sold the recipe and received a significant sum of money ? This may well have been a tall tale, a story being passed around amongst the kids on the common, but the ice cream had then only recently become unavailable.
    Regards Laurie.

  4. John Anslow says:

    Been away and only just seen this thread, Bob.

    Yes, Paul and I certainly remember Aggie Parton’s; we think it was the little shop now occupied by Lynn’s Hairdressers on Norton Road, Pelsall.

    I remember it as a sweet shop where you could buy Sherbet Dabs and Black Joes and, of course, the famous ice cream; Paul thinks she probably stocked some general grocery items as well.

    A week or so ago, you wrote about how our memories play tricks on us: we misremember things and have vivid mental images of things that could not possibly have occurred. That said, I have this memory from the mid 1950s of word being passed from neighbour to neighbour that Aggie had made another batch of ice cream and there being a steady stream of folks going past the cottage, each clutching a mixing bowl, Kilner jar, water jug or any means they could find of transporting the delightful stuff.

    Aggie’s ice cream was wonderfully creamy, though it was pure white with no yellow colouring, and it was also uncommonly smooth in texture, though this was before “soft-serve” ice cream such as Mr Whippy became popular.

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