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    Twixt Grantham and Lincoln
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    Anything about Nottingham's history. Railways, Photography, Wildlife, Family History.

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  1. Pits Around Nottingham.

    Wouldn't it be nice if the powers that be at Wollaton Hall moved the model back to public view or perhaps offered it to the Castle Museum or some other place, thus allowing the people of Nottingham to see what things were like 'in the old days' I wonder if the damage occurred whilst it was in 'storage' or was this the reason for it being removed? I seem to remember that it was well protected from potential damage by a transparent casing. An educational gem sadly locked away.....
  2. Pits Around Nottingham.

    Can anyone remember a model of Clifton pit inside Wollaton Hall? The model included a cross section through, showing tunnels going underneath the Trent. Is it still there, the model that is? Thinking about, I wonder if the tunnels are still there or would they have just collapsed over time?
  3. Anybody NOT seen 'Zulu?'

    Still not seen Zulu despite recording it some years ago! Was it on over Christmas again, or perhaps the new year period? The only Zulu I've seen up to now is the one at Drayton Manor Park...
  4. How's your day?

    Went for a nice early morning walk with the dogs on the beach next to the Seal Sanctuary at Mablethorpe to just past Theddlethorpe. Christmas dinner? A couple of ham sandwiches followed by a flask of coffee. Surprised by how many people were about on the beach, but the sun was shining and despite the breeze it was quite warm (11 degrees) Decided to drive into Mablethorpe itself in the late afternoon but the place was like a ghost town... deserted. I couldn't recognise any of the frontage, although the last time I went there was around 1959! Next a meander through Sutton on Sea. Again couldn't recognise the place...? With darkness falling we headed back inland through Alford, it's a lot bigger now than I remember... All in all an enjoyable outing, but somehow some nostalgic childhood seaside memories have been unfortunately 'updated' forever....
  5. Co-Op on upper Parliament Street

    I remember as a child going in a lift at the Co-op for the first time up to one of the floors. It was a Christmas Party for the children of R Cripps & Co employees. Must have been fairly young as I wouldn't get out when it stopped and the doors had opened. I had to be semi forced to step outside and go and join the other children. The same thing happened when the party had finished, I didn't want to leave!
  6. Christmas Memories

    Thanks for your interesting reply David. Looks like Christmas 'proper' began about a week before the day and finished promptly on Boxing Day, not the 3 month extended epic it is now. I have a vague memory that the tree was donated by a Scandinavian country as thanks for our help during the war, or was this the Trafalgar Square tree? I remember too the wonderful Christmas shop displays in the 50s put on by places such as Griffin & Spaldings etc.
  7. Christmas Memories

    Does anyone know when the very first Christmas tree was put up in the Market Square?
  8. I've just seen an artists impression of what the new development will look like....
  9. Newspapers in Nottingham

    Can anyone remember the Clifton (or was it West Bridgford?) Standard newspaper? Must have been late 1950s or early 1960s..
  10. Great film, now that is nostalgia!
  11. Trainspotting

    Hello Chulla, Since I first posted the above, way back in 2014, a new website has been created that I am sure you will enjoy:- We are in particular looking for memories from people who visited Grantham Station from Nottingham, so if you or anyone else can help, that would be great. Thanks! Smiffy
  12. Fairham Comp

    Looks like Fairham school was burnt down last night according to reports on Radio Nottingham.... Mixed emotions of my time there from 1961 - 1966. Not sure of the damage but maybe time for redevelopment?
  13. The Ropewalk

    Does anyone know why the "Ropewalk" was so named? Thanks - Smiffy49.
  14. Train station haunting?

    Interesting story.... Assuming that you live in Peterborough, were you travelling via Grantham and then catching a connection to Peterborough?
  15. Fairham Comp

    Anyone remember Mr Warren at Fairham? Also Doc Chapman the French Master? One name that escapes me is a teacher who left to go to Africa and about 6 months later we heard that he had been killed over there in a road accident I think?