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  1. We probably should mention the other two lost farm houses in the area, Arnold Hill Farm - which would have been at the bottom of where Eaton Avenue now is (on the Eastern side where it junctions with Clarborough Drive) - and Plains Farm, which would have been on the Western side of Wembley Road as it curves around to meet Peters Close. I have a similar map to the one posted above, the only notable difference being the lack of roads on the Hill Farm Estate to the north of Darlton Drive, so I'd guess that Langford Road etc. was built up during 1960-62 after Darlton Drive (up to the point where Christ the King would eventually be built) had been completed in 1959. Did they leave a space for the church on Shirley Drive, or did that go up at the same time as the houses? I didn't know that the area north of Middlebeck Drive was known as The Gables. A small part of the footpath that ran from Plains Road up that end and down to Beechwood Road still exists. Theres a little swing gate almost hidden in the hedge next to a large tree off the Plains Road, you go through that and walk through the middle of a field and then come to a stile which takes you onto a path past a row of houses and onto Crawford Rise (the houses there look very late 1970s/early 1980s).
  2. About a third of a mile south of the peak of Dorket Head a new path has been added in the last few years, along which there's a spot called The Hobbucks View Point complete with an information board which shows you what to look for and how far away it is, such as Wollaton Hall (6 miles), Ratcliffe Power station (12 miles) and the Jessop Monument (10 miles). One new landmark I noticed on the western horizon when I was last there recently was the top of a wind turbine that's just been erected near Awsworth / Giltbrook. Sadly you cant see anything due North or East from there.
  3. Apparently, on a clear day, looking North Eastwards from Dorket Head, you can see the hills in the Spilsby area some 50 odd miles away (thats almost to the coast). They should build a big viewing tower up there!
  4. Thanks for the welcome. Presumably the buildings directly above the school running track on the photo is Coppice Farm (The farmhouse that is, not the school). Comparing old maps with new ones, it looks as though it would have been near to the end of where Davidson Close now is, possibly the site of the shop or maybe a touch closer to Richey Close. The path that led to the farm from Mapperley Plains Road is still a public footpath, as is part of the path that carried on towards the Brookfield Road area. Christ the King school apparently opened in 1971 and I believe the school still looked out upon open space on the North Eastern side for some time after that with both Darlton Drive and Newcombe Drive being dead ends before finally joining up in the mid 1970s. Ramsey Drive and its offshoots sprung up around 1970. Many people assume the roads around that area were named after the 1966 England World Cup winning sqaud, but names like Astle, Cooper, Osgood, Bonetti and Hunter came to the fore a few years later. The inclusion of (Peter) Bonetti - plus Chelsea team-mate (Bobby) Tambling - suggests to me that these roads at least were named sometime between Bonettis appearance in the FA Cup final in April 1970 and his calamitous performance in the World Cup Quarter-final in June 1970. There are also roads in that area named after people associated with other sports. I'd imagine Coppice Farm Primary School opened shortly afterwards, circa 1971-74.
  5. It's a pity the pavement on Mapperley Plains Road comes to an end at the Rugby Ground, I'd love to be able to walk all the way around that area and come back down Calverton Road. It seems criminal that such a terrific view should be so difficult to reach for pedestrians. You can apparently get to the top on the Eastern side via Killisick Lane but it does require navigating your away across fields full of sheep droppings. I did once get high enough to be able to see the River Trent snaking through the valley to the East, twinkling in the sunlight, though that particular section has now been fenced off due to the extension of the clay extraction.
  6. There's an aerial shot of the Rolleston Drive area taken in March 1960 at the link.....;EQUALS;NCCG000250&prevUrl=