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  1. Bobbers Mill Road area

    The sand cliffs on what is now Plantation Side were quite high. They have been reduced by industrial activity but were in the region of 100 ft high. Undoubtedly the Leen had some effect on that side of the sand pit, but I have no idea how the cliffs were formed. The Leen does not seem to have had the power to carve out such steep cliffs.
  2. Bobbers Mill Road area

    Now the mention of Rev Beckett brings a memory. 1980. At the end of a tough army course. Got from Aldershot with all of my kit. By the time I got to Radford Road I was very tired indeed. I started to move some of my kit 50 meters towards home, then go back for the rest, and move it on. It must have been Rev Beckett. He had a dog collar on. Obviously he was elderly but at 20 how do you assess age? Bright white hair. Slender man but with a lovely smile. He helped me to get me and my kit closer to home. Even by a few meters it was totally appreciated.
  3. Bobbers Mill Road area

    Again another fascinating photo. Indeed the main entrance to the quarry was off Plimsoll Street but at the very bottom where it met the Leen. There was also an exit between the Vicarage and the houses onto Bobbers Mill Road, clearly visible on this photo. I do not know when these photos were taken, but the quarrying to the left of the photos did not go much further before there was no more. There was also an underground stream going downhill from the top of the photo and in heavy rain, it would emerge onto the road exactly where the factory with three galleried levels and the house with a gable are.
  4. Bobbers Mill Road area

    I have just had a thought, it was not RAY Machin but Gerry.
  5. Bobbers Mill Road area

    The houses to the south ie Bobbers Mill Road where I lived from about 60 to 100 were built at the same time. Many of them had deep cellars possibly due to stability and possibly because of underground streams. Ah police houses! The houses were owned by the Police authority and the officers paid no rent. A pretty good deal in those days. There was a restriction with respect to how far they were away from their station. They obviously could not own the property but that started to change in the early 1980s. Police officers could own their own properties but were not entitled to any subsidy at all. They had to pay their mortgage the same as the rest of us.
  6. Bobbers Mill Road area

    Even more. There is a row of trees running left to right from St Stephen's Church to about 84 Bobbers Mill Road. That was the marker for some years for where the quarry and its subsequent scrap metal firm were allowed to go. It is now Meadow Brown Road. Close to St Stephens the drop from the church to the bottom of the quarry was about 50ft or more. It got much gentler towards Darley Road. As I understand it, and I am welcome to be corrected, the factory in the centre of the photo is an old textile factory which was taken over by a metalworking company, one which specialised in high precision machining. Certainly the machining factory on Berridge Road running almost parallel to Bobbers Mill Road was specific in machining valves for north sea oil industry.
  7. Bobbers Mill Road area

    There is much more in that photo I can explain. On the road opposite St Stephen's rather small bell tower is a house on a corner of a road. Again like Molly Mills it does not look like it is a shop. It became Beardsmore's newsagent. The Beardsmore family took over a couple of shops exactly on the Radford Road Tram stop and called it a Mini-Market. A tram (204) has now Erica Beardsmore as its name. Lambert Street, off to the right of the factory, had a beer-off. I can remember going there as a child to get Indian brandy for my Dad when he had a cold. On the photo there are light coloured objects to the left ( as you see it from the photo. They were at the left hand side of each "entry" ) of each alternate garden staring at 86. They are sheds. Why they were put up in alternate gardens I do not know, but they were. All exactly the same.
  8. Bobbers Mill Road area

    Jill, I was briefly in Nottinghamshire Constabulary before going back into the army. Ray Machin was in the Police Choir. The next door to the Machins was also a police house. Len Smith was the police officer there with his family. I seem to recall that Ray Machin and Len Smith did not get along at all. I never knew why. I knew both when I was in Notts police and got on with them both, although Len had retired by then.
  9. Bobbers Mill Road area

    The sand quarry was really quite large and surprisingly deep. Bobbers Mill Road is on the top of a ridge (although the photo does not indicate it) and the quarry was mined to about 8 foot at the allotments close to Bobbers Mill Road back gardens to about 120 feet close to Plantation Side. In width it went from Darley Road to St Stephens.
  10. Bobbers Mill Road area

    Jill Sparrow Yes I do remember Geoffrey Whiley and his brother Peter. Old man Whiley had a woodworking workshop in the attic. As a very small child I can recall he made me a wooden toy duck. I still have it.
  11. Back yard memories

    Jill Sparrow I wonder if you can recall Clarence White (Clarry) who lived close to your end of Bobbers Mill Road? He was a chargehand miner at Babbington pit. Had a very distinctive guffawing laugh. I remember him fondly.
  12. Bobbers Mill Road area

    Cliff Ton As usual you come out with the greatest of images. Again you have my gratitude. I lived at the house almost exactly in front of the little chimney of Smith Dennis factory. I recall it being struck by lightning and causing lots of damage to the house next to it. I recognised very many features in the photo. The sand pit was actually a functioning sand quarry until it was exhausted in about 1965ish. Then it was taken over by a scrap metal firm who were still there until the early 1980s. Half of the allotments at the bottom of the Bobbers Mill Road gardens (from about number 80 onwards) was built as a garages for cars possibly 1970? and my father kept his Morris Oxford there for many years. The houses on Darley Road opposite Chadwick Street had obviously not been built at the time. In the middle left is the beautiful vicarage of St Stephens and I recall very fondly the Church summer festival held on that magnificent lawn. Top left is the "Clock" pub which still stands. Molly Mills corner shop is still a house at the time of the photo. I recall two families who had bought the houses as new! Mr and Mrs Whiley, and Mrs Davies. (Mr Davies died a long time before) Mrs Davies was delighted that I went to Mundella as she had done decades previously. The height of the sand cliffs going down to Plantation Side and the Leen (which is out of shot) is deceptive. They were quite high. Not quite a sound, but a sight, was that from the back garden we could see Shipstones brewery, and when they lit the red star at night, my Mum would say it is time to go to bed.
  13. Bobbers Mill Road area

    Bang on. The Machins lived at 82.
  14. Bobbers Mill Road area

    Jill Sparrow I used to live on Bobbers Mill Road. I was friends with the Machin family. Kim and Gay. I was closer to Gay. Just two houses down. I have said this before but I remember Major the dog. Gerry Machin used to have me hold an egg in my hand just in front of my face. Major would take it without breaking it on many occasions. I do remember on a Sunday, it was very quiet, and you could easily hear the Council House!
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    Just an aside, My mrs is Russian and is a teacher. She is now... after much difficulty in getting past the authorities. There is a Citizenship test which is quite expensive. My mrs failed it the first time. They gave her a DVD which you could put on the computer to prepare you for the test. I am English, born in Nottingham, an ex-military officer and a published military historian. I think I qualify as a UK Citizen. I failed the test three times. Basically it was full of things that unless you are from a certain community you would not know. I do not know the proportion of the community in London which is Muslim. I do not know what the English translation for a Muslim Prayer Room is either.