Tim in the North East

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  1. When relatives came to stay my Dad an Uncles would pack us up in the cars and we would go to Wollaton Park for a picnic. In the late 1950s / early 1960s the entrance was up the lime tree grove and passed the golf club. You could park in the deer park and picnic there. From there you could walk over to the stables to see the Police horses
  2. If you go to YouTube and search Nottingham Slab Square 1950s there is a 1951 film about Old Market Square - and about half way through is a Wolseley Streamline taxi in back and white
  3. Ignore that - wrong link. Type on Nottingham Slab Square 1950s into YouTube search
  4. Apologies if this has been posted before but here is a 1951 film about Old Market Square https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL3Q8O7eBktTHRLVjpryQMA
  5. I seem to remember in busy times during the school holidays you were limited to 45 minutes in the lido. Despite the cold it never seemed long enough.
  6. My first flight was in 1961 on a Derby Airways Dakota flight to Guernsey for our family holiday. Trent bus from Huntingdon Street to the airport - check in the luggage in a wooden hut then wait in the concrete ‘terminal’ before embarking. Bumpy grass runway. When we came back it was dark and the grass landing strip was illuminated by burning oil rags in inverted dustbin lids! My my dad used to take my brother and I there - you could wander into the hangars and the engineers would take you up to the flight deck of the Dakotas and DC4s. I remember them telling us very sternly not to touch the levers that raised the undercarriage! Security has had got a bit tighter.....
  7. Just a guess - but given that the open market was held there until the 1920s (when the Council House was built and the market moved to Lower Parliament Street) I wonder if it was called ‘Market Square’ until then and the ‘Old’ was added after the market moved?
  8. Hello Tim, I found your pics of Watson Fothergill's old house being demolished. Please can I link to them or use them on my blog? I'd like to tell the story. I'm hoping to write about demolished Fothergill buildings to accompany my walking tours of those that are left (if you're in Nottingham please join me!) Thanks Lucy watsonfothergillwalk.com please email me watsonfothergillwalk@gmail.com

  9. I used to train spot at Carrington Station from about 1960 to 1965. The gate by the shop (old station house) was invariably open so you could just walk in. We generally stayed on the higher ground behind the signal box and out of view of the signalman - so never got into trouble! My regret is I never took a camera - all the B1s, V2s, Jubilees, Royal Scots, Black 5s, O4s, 8Fs, Austerities and 9Fs....
  10. After having been driven at 70mph in a Bond Bug down University Boulevard my preference has been for four wheeled vehicles.....
  11. There is a John Decara listed in this 2015 directoryhttps://www.locatefamily.com/Street-Lists/UK/NG5/index26.html
  12. My first barbers was Pelham's on King Street. It was in the basement of one of the buildings on the west side of the street (possibly the Prudential Building) - anyway you went down a flight of stairs and there were about 8 or 10 chairs on two sides of a big room - or if you paid more you could have your hair cut in a separate room with just one chair. Later on I couldn't be bothered catching the bus into town for a haircut so went to the Park Saloon - the last of a parade of shops on Mansfield Road in Carrington immediately after the junction with Hucknall Road. last time I was in the city (about 4 years ago) I noticed both had gone.
  13. My memories of boyhood trips up to the Castle terraces in the late 1950s / early 1960s we’re not just the view (through a lot more smoke than now) but also the sounds of not only many steam engines on the railways but also the hooting of barges on the canal which still had commercial traffic.
  14. In the latter years of the old house it had been sub-divided into flats / bed-sits and rented out. I seem to remember it was looking tatty and under-maintained towards the end - so maybe the landlord just cut their losses. Victorian architecture was not valued in the 1960s and fewer people wanted big houses.
  15. It is 50 years since the vandalism that saw Watson Fothergill's house on Mapperley Road being demolished to make way for some very bland flats. At the time I lived in the house behind it on Chestnut Grove and was able to photograph the demolition work taking place: