Paddy Wheatfields

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    Football, cricket, athletics, family, my school website, local and family history, gardening, doing nothing (which rarely happens)

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  1. Now in new house, and finally got round to renovating the last room. Good job the shops have reopened after lockdown. Interesting to see maps and read comments. I have always thought that the "camp" was an old army camp, and when I was at WH school (1951-1957) it was used by homeless families. We did not have much money, but those kids were poor. I might see if I can find anyone who was at WH at the same time. We played on the huge sloping field, but the camp was well fenced off.
  2. There was a hospital on Ransom Road, a private mental hospital. Flats now. Then the camp must have gone right through from Ransom Road to Wells Road, just about. Good map.
  3. Just talking about the old camp on the field at the side of Walter Halls School, Wells Road. What was it originally, and how did families get put in there?
  4. I'm trying to confirm that the Nottingham boxer Percy Dexter was the son of promoter Sam Dexter. If so, I think Sam was my grandfather's brother, and Percy my dad's cousin. There seems to be a Sheffield boxer of the same name. Dates around 1920 onwards. Thank you.
  5. Can anybody remember Stephen Hallam, at Mundella in the 1950s, who boxed for the school team in 1953 ?
  6. Ha, I have just found out he died in 1953, if the same chap. Not many would have the same name, Arthur Bertrand Cragg.
  7. Sorry took so long to reply, had almost given up on ever finding him. Must have been in the 1950s to 1960s. Mr Cragg was organist at St Paul#s Carlton as well.
  8. I collect old Mundella magazines, I have got these. Amazing how many people write to the school website for research, especially now the WW1 and WW2 anniversaries are upon us. I keep looking!
  9. Can anybody remember Mr Cragg, teacher at Morley School? Trying to find out any details about him. Also, Mr Wilkinson?
  10. We definitely did country dancing at Walter Halls in the 1950s. I can remember doing some sort of display on the Forest. The girls had black gipsy skirts with coloured banding round the edge, white blouses and velvet boleros. Goodness knows how my mum found the money to pay for the gear, if she had to.
  11. Ah, just thought...was it "The Bohemian"/
  12. Does anyone know where the word "babbar" comes from? My grandad used to say it when we touched anything that we should not, like well, anything in his house. He used to bang his hand down on the table and say, quite loud, "babbar!" He said it: bab-are. We must have been tough, if I did that to my grandchildren I don't think I should see them any more. Mind you, psychology's come a long way since the 1940/50s, I always let them investigate things unless too dangerous, then I explain. I wish I'd been my grandad! And he was the only grandparent I had.
  13. "There was another one on the 2nd floor of a building just past there in the Lace Market but the name and location evades me." I wrote about this ages ago but I can't find it now. We used to go to the BO, (not B.O.) at the top of Victoria Street just down from where that Wetherspoons is now. That was up 2 flights of stairs, and I sometimes think how glad I am that it never caught fire. The woman who ran it was dark and mediterranean looking, with long hair, but she was no spring chicken. She always had good music on, sometimes a bit classical, at least I thought so at 15 or 16. I heard Paul