Ard Dunby

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  • Birthday 10/08/1943

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    South Northamptonshire
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    Local, social and railway history Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
  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 th
  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 (e
  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 he
  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 rec