Jill Sparrow

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  1. Matthews Fullers Earth! Round flat tin with a beige coloured ointment inside. It had to be warmed to render it soft enough to use. Perfect for chapped hands and feet in the winter. Healing properties were remarkable. They don't make it any more. You can still get Fullers Earth but it isnt the same.
  2. #25 Chulla has a point there. Many of those who witnessed the carnage of the first world war turned to drink to cope with what I suppose we would now recognise as post-traumatic stress disorder. Unfortunately for them, they were usually berated for it by their families who had absolutely no idea what they had witnessed or experienced. My maternal grandfather and his little brother, Archie, both joined the king's royal rifle Corps at the Outbreak of hostilities in 1914. Only one year later, my grandfather witnessed his little brother being blown to smithereens by a German shell and afterwards
  3. Mercury dancer I am so very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Although very sad for the family she has left behind, I cannot with honesty say that I am surprised because I saw exactly the same thing happen to my own mother soon after my father's passing. People like your parents and my parents who have been together for so many decades and who are so close simply cannot bear to be parted. It is almost as though when one of them leaves, an essential part of the remaining partner's body has been cut off and they just cannot survive without it. Although my mother had been quite healthy b
  4. #11 I'm so pleased you are taking an interest in this building dnet and discovering its past. My grandfather would certainly approve! His name was Louis Saunt and I recall that the the manager of the firm at the time was a Mr Kennedy who lived in West Bridgford. May I wish you every success with the project. Do let us all know what you find!
  5. I believe that Sydney Pullinger Ltd were cigar dealers and also manufacturers but there is information to indicate that their main base may have been in Birmingham. Therefore, the premises on Traffic Street and the building on Queensbridge Road may have been mainly warehousing and related offices. The building in the photograph is certainly the one my mother pointed out to me from early childhood as being her father's place of employment and it always caught my attention because of its unusual structure and the fact that she particularly pointed out the window right at the top over the entran
  6. Thinking about it, my mother said that her father worked in the building on Queensbridge Road for as long as she could remember and she was born in 1926 so I would imagine that it had been the premises of Sidney Pullinger at least from that time and probably earlier. I have tried to obtain information about Sidney Pullinger and although I have never seen anything about this building in connection with a cigar manufacturer, I do know that my grandfather worked there. I'm delighted to see that the building still exists as so many in Nottingham have been razed to the ground and replaced by mode
  7. I think this is the building where my maternal grandfather worked. In his later adult life, he worked for a firm of cigar makers which I believe was named Sydney Pullinger. Grandad worked in the accounts department but had apparently worked his way up from the shop floor, having been employed in the tobacco industry all his life. As a child, I remember passing this building on the bus with my mother and she always pointed it out as the place where her father had worked and she always pointed to the window on the top floor above the entrance door which was apparently his office, so presumably
  8. It was still open in the 80s as I recall going to see a colleague who had been admitted there after being hit in the eye with a shuttlecock during a game of badminton! What a mess! I was almost sick just looking at it but then we all know what a squeamish coward I am!
  9. #35 Exchange Arcade was never of any interest after the demise of Burton's. My dad's all time favourite shop. It was worth going in just for the aromas of so many different exotic spices, products and coffees. My mother always said the smell didn't compare with The Oriental Cafe but I'm too young to remember that. Nice to know there are still some things I'm too young for....as well as my pension!
  10. Something else we used to buy as children from Merriman's corner shop was a tin of Creamola. The powder contained inside was mixed with water to make a fizzy sweet drink which was very popular with my sister and I. I hadn't seen any for years and then came across an advertisement for some firm who are now manufacturing creamola once again to an apparently secret recipe in several different flavours. As a child, my mother had an obsession with Andrews liver salts which her own grandmother used to keep in the Pantry in her house in Basford. Since she adored her grandma Lizzie, my mother was a
  11. To me, they are ice pops. We always used the term suckers, not ice lollies. My favourites were Wall's Heart, Funny Face and FAB, which Lyons Maid still make! All were available at Merrimans shop on the corner of Oakland Street!
  12. #88 sounds like Su! My sister was probably there as well. The two of them shared a flat in West Bridgford at around that time.
  13. #1 great pictures, Catfan and a brilliant choice of music!
  14. Thanks Tony. I will look into tnat. My aunt would also have been 95 this year. They may have known each other!
  15. #104 Fascinating stuff, Tony! I was aware of the name Hogarth and of a ward by that name. Apart from the few weeks I spent at number 48, the only other experience of visiting NGH was in 1969 when my great uncle had been admitted. He was diagnosed with cancer and transferred to The Cedars, where he died. My father's older sister, Mary, began her nursing training at NGH before WW2 and we have a lovely hand tinted photo of her in her uniform, complete with cape. As for posting photos or links to them...it's beyond me!
  16. Just done a bit of fishing around into the history of number 48 the Ropewalk and I find that it was the former home of Robert George Hogarth who was a consultant at the Nottingham General Hospital and who died in 1953, bequeathing 48 the Ropewalk to be used by the hospital as a hostel for patients who came from outside the Nottingham area for radiation therapy treatment. Can't think why I didn't look into this before because I have often wondered about the history of the building and it would seem that prior to my few weeks there in 1974, it had been used for this purpose for around 20 years.
  17. That is the building, Cliff Ton. It was a somewhat rambling edifice, internally full of little passages and steps which possibly connected what may originally have been separate buildings with each other and I also recall that the floor surfaces were very uneven and sloping in parts. As a hospital building, I suspect it certainly wouldn't meet the elf and safety requirements so beloved today!
  18. #95 Tony The building I am referring to was 48 The Ropewalk. Patients had their beds in small dormitories, 4 beds in each of the upstairs rooms. Looking at the property details for part of this building which is now being offered as a two bedroomed flat, I actually recognised what is now a kitchen as being the site of one of these former dormitories. I remember it because the windows in that room began at floor level, under a sloping roof. Cavendish House is, I believe, the name of a chain of private dental practices but in 1974, this building had a different name which was etched into the
  19. Just had a look on Google and the building is still there, looking much more presentable than it did in 1974. It appears to have been given a new name, Cavendish House, although it wasn't called that when I knew it. It appears to have been converted, at least partially, into a private dental practice but it would seem that the building also contains flats or apartments. I must admit I shudder at the thought of anyone living in that place considering the pain and misery it must have seen during the years when it was a satellite wing of the Nottingham General Hospital and I suppose the same ap
  20. In 1974, after completing our GCE exams, the Manning fifth formers were left with a few weeks of term with nothing to do. It was decided to send us all on what would now be called work experience to get us out of the way for the remainder of the term. There was a choice of working in a school or working in a hospital. As I'd seen more than enough of school at that point in my life, I chose to spend two or three weeks working in a hospital and myself and a friend were allocated the Nottingham General Hospital and, more specifically, the Cancer unit which was situated in an old house on the Ro
  21. What a lovely picture, Poohbear. It will take him a while to adjust to being an only dog but as long as he has extra cuddles and fuss from his dad, I'm sure he'll be fine. He certainly is a winsome little lad and so lucky to have a loving home. Take care, Poohbear. It's early days yet but you're getting there.
  22. Chulla, on his mother's side of the family, he is descended from Walter De Strelley and the Barbers of Eastwood. On his father's side, he has Prussian ancestry. An unusual mix! Interesting family tree. I've done a lot of work on it. He thinks Hitler was an idiot, which is not to say that those who produced architectural designs during that period are to be dismissed for their grandiose ideas. They aren't to my taste but each to their own, is what I say. It would be a dull old world if we were all the same!
  23. He's also very keen on Richard Wagner! As long as he doesn't listen to it when I'm around! Far too jazzy for my taste!
  24. #31 In your own head, Ben, you can live anywhere you like. I wasn't keen on the 20th century and I'm even less enamoured of the 21st. The chap in my life for the last 20 odd years has been conducting an ongoing affair with the Georgians. If it isn't their houses and their architecture, it's their furniture. I've told him it's all a bit modernist for me! He is also a very vocal proponent of the work of Albert Speer even though it's certainly not politically correct to say so in this day and age but he's probably the last person on this earth who would subscribe to political correctness!