Ard Dunby

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  1. A friend alerted me to an article about 'Haydn Road School 1953' featured in the Bygones supplement to the Evening Post. Memories flooded back along with the smell of disinfected floors, carbolic soap in the toilets, the pile of coke for the underground boiler and the brick and concrete air raid shelters in the playgrounds. Mr Lisle was still Headmaster when aged 7 I moved across the road from the infants school to 'The Huts', a long building of wood construction housing three classrooms. Heated by a single coke boiler, these army-billet-like affairs were supposedly temporary, built during the late 1930's. They were still in use in 1968. Are they still there I wonder? At age 8 we all moved in to the main brick building. For me that was September 1951. The same year dear Mr Lyle retired to his home at Cresta Gardens. 1951 was also the year Mr K B Martin was appointed as 'The Head'. He came like a tornado from Sneinton Boulevard School. His authority was unquestionable but he had his favourites. He enjoyed dressing down the boys. Frequently resorted to regular clips around their ears as a precursor to the cane or the leather tawse (strap). He immediately changed the name of the school by insisting that the word ROAD be dropped from the school's title. He aspired to produce a school full of music lovers and for 'KB' Haydn meant the classical composer and he even tried to get us to pronounce it Hi-den! A brilliant music teacher was appointed - Primrose Woodward; and together with 'KB' they formed and coached a school choir winning competitions and performing at various events in the City. His staff were skilled, competent - and middle aged if my photo of the staff is anything to go by. These are the teachers I remember. Have I missed any from the 1948 - 1954 period? Mrs Cooke, Mr Beauchamp (left to become a headmaster in Bournemouth), Mr Beresford, Miss Armstrong, Mr Jackson, Miss Woodward, Mr Gosden, Miss Rollinson. September 1953 began my final year at the school and I was sorry to leave. I became a friend to Mr Jackson in his retirement years. He remembered dozens of his ex-pupils with affection. His son was tragically killed testing an RAF jet aircraft around 1953-4.
  2. Oliver Barnett was head when I started and knew how to use the cane. Then J Aram with his handkerchief poking out from his jacket cuff. Yes - Sam Salter! Brilliant historian, ran the school library (top floor room 5?) - and talented member of the Nottm Society of Artists. 'Ding-Dong' Bell (woodwork). 'Scratch' Hancock (metalwork). Mr Brader also metalwork. Messrs 'Flick' Holmes and Day (french). Mr Turrant and Mr Chapman (maths). Mr Dutton (art) retired and replaced by 'Major' Alan Reid of bamboo rims fame. Mr Collinson (chemistry). Mr Wilson (biology). Messrs Pedlar, Heathcoate and Medley (english). Can't remember the name of the guy who taught pottery in the right hand prefab across the schoolyard. Oh yes and Mr Evans who always taught in a room on the ground floor known as 2-down.......Mr Reynolds (R.Ed). Stella Taylor (school secretary). The sweet shop, chip shop and off-licence across the road. And a little lower down Hucknall rd Wilf Iliffe's antique and curio emporium where I used to buy old postcards and stamps.....
  3. The 'Kinema' closed before 1948 (which was the date I started at Haydn Rd School). I remember it as 'Richard Stump Ltd' women's clothing manufacture - dresses, skirts etc - right through the 1950's and 1960's. The double door works entrance was on Cameron Street which must have been the old cinema exit. The original cinema entrance was on the corner of Haydn Rd and Cameron St. and was curved with a decorative 'art nouveau' parapet. The building had a smooth cement rendered surface painted cream. At dinner times during the summer the factory doors would be wide open and we schoolkids could hear the clatter of machines and hear the workers singing along to amplified radio/records.
  4. I wonder if the picture you refer to is this one - or another on this interesting site?
  5. No attached photo. I was referring to Post#25 from Dick Hatts May 13 2008, 01:31 AM showing the bridge under Sherwood Vale taken from the trackbed of the brickyard branch looking towards the main line. Woodthorpe Park is on the right of the photo.
  6. Maybe a bit late in the day - but I've just found this thread. Sherwood Station and the allotments at Sherwood Vale were my playgrounds in the late 1940's and 1950's. I derived great pleasure watching a twice weekly goods train (Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings) shunting trucks of bricks and coal at Sherwood Station. The railway, which ran up to Mapperley Brickyard from a junction on the southeast side of Ashwell's Tunnel, was standard gauge. (There was also a 15" or 18" gauge line running throughout the clay quarry system from Sherwood Vale to Breck Hill, Mapperley.) I well recall the 'brickyard man' sitting astride a buffer as he rode with his charge of trucks down the incline! (No health and safety fears then!) Just to the right of the point from where an earlier posting/picture was taken, of the Brickyard Incline bridge on Sherwood Vale, once stood a brick built hut with a slated roof. Inside this was a full width wooden bench, and a stool. On the wall was an electric bell and a telephone wired through a system of telegraph poles to the cable winding room at Mapperley Brickyard. Twice a week the brickyard man would ride down with his wagons full of bricks and meet up, near the hut, with the LNER guard from the pick-up goods. Both men would have shunting poles and would discuss instructions for the transfer of the bricks in exchange for wagons of coal and empties. The visiting goods engine would push a mixture of full and empty trucks over the points at Ashwell's Tunnel and round the steep curve to the hut. It was here that LNER territory met up with Nottingham Patent Brick Company railway. Here, the NPBC man would secure the steel rope to a chain and shackle, then hook it on to a rake of 5 or 6 trucks. Through means of a bell-code he would signal the winding room 'up top' and away the convoy would go. I used to watch this procedure countless times during my school holidays and Saturday mornings. Meanwhile the LNER guard would walk along the line of remaining trucks pinning down their brakes so that the engine could safely uncouple to continue with work at St Ann's Well and Thorneywood stations. As my father had an allotment on the railway land, to the left of the Sherwood Tunnel portal (1442 yards), I used to climb down the embankment and stand on the platform, waving to the crew, as the train trundled into the tunnel. ( See attached photo: I used to stand near to the platelayer's cabin in the foreground. On Sunday 9th February 1930 the line was singled, signalling removed - and later the main station buildings at Sherwood were demolished. Local folk scavenged the timber to build sheds and greenhouses. In my youth I remember seeing only three passenger trains on the line. Two during the summer of 1949 originating at Basford and running through to Thorneywood and return. The third and final being already referred to as the RCTS special excursion just before the line finally closed - and which I watched pass Sherwood station in both directions. Until closure there remained the signal box, weighbridge, lamproom, nameboards for both tunnels, two groundframes (one at Ashwell's Tunnel and one at the northeast end of the station platform) and a very well maintained permanent way. A very recent book The Rise & Fall Of Nottingham's Railway Network : Vol, 1 'Lines In The City' by Hayden J Reed shows photos from the 1950s and 1960s by a friend of mine, the late Tony Hill, who made an archive of the post war Nottm Suburban Railway. I recommend this website http://www.picturethepast.org.uk/ a joint venture between Notts and Derbyshire Library Services. Go to 'search images' tab and type in Sherwood Station and you will see an early tinted postcard looking straight at the entrance to Ashwells Tunnel (taken from between the platform ends at Sherwood). Also see page 86 in Henshaw. The attached old photo at Sherwood looks towards Ashwell's Tunnel, which is obscured by the bend in the track, and Woodthorpe Park. You can just see the outline of Ashwell's farmhouse on the skyline. I hope you find the above of interest. Do contact me if you feel I can offer any further information.