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  1. Dad used to take me to the library in the city when I was primary school age. At that time there was no library in Bilborough. I loved going there. The new library in Bilborough was a nice building. I liked the glass doors with the little wooden hand shapes. It was so much smaller but had enough novels to keep me happy as a teenager! The city library was best and I was horrified when I made one of my rare visits to Nottingham and discovered that it had been moved! Libraries are such interesting places and I have always found them welcoming. Being interested in family history I have spen
  2. I have just looked at the 1922 photo of Lenton School. Dad is not listed and he is not on the back row where the pupils are not named. Granddad got married again in August 1922 and they moved to Harrington Drive. Dad's books are dated January 1923 so that was probably about the time they moved house. I am enjoying this! Thanks.
  3. Many thanks for all your help Cliff Ton and Beeky. This is very interesting and great to be in conversation with people who have similar interests. The school photo is of the primary school class in Sneinton. Best wishes from Shirley
  4. Thanks for your reply Beekay. Dad's maths and English books have Lenton Council School on the cover ( and Sisson and Parker!) and the date is January 1923. He would have turned 13 then. He talked about a teacher called Mr Hutchinson. He taught them maths and they did log tables. Dad asked Mr Hutchinson who invented log tables and how did they do it. Mr Hutchinson told him off. Clearly he did not know! I am not sure where Cottesmore school is. Best wishes for a happy New Year and all the best for 2022. S.
  5. Big thanks Cliff Ton. This has made my day. I have looked at maps but could not work this one out as I do not know the area or how it has changed. In 1966 dad drove me around there to show me where he lived and I regret that I did not ask him to tell me more. He talked lots about his secondary school which was Lenton Boulevard. I have his maths and English books from there.
  6. My dad was born in Sneinton in 1910 in Moorland Street and the family moved to Port Arthur Road. Which primary school was nearest to Port Arthur Road at that time? I have a school photo but this has no identification on it. I hope someone knows about this. It would make my day!
  7. The first time I saw a coffin was when I was five years old. It was my grandfather's funeral. I was in the dining room with my mum when the coffin was brought down the stairs. It had blue flowers on. Everyone was silent when I asked "is that my granddad in that box?" Mum just said "yes" and all was silent again. I stayed at the house in Harrington Drive with a relative while everyone else went to the funeral. I missed being able to talk to him and I wish I could have asked him to tell me about his early life. I was too young. My other grandfather died when I was 14 and so from him I heard lots
  8. Interesting weather this afternoon. Huge dark clouds on one side with rain and thunder and on the other side bright sunshine. Not as entertaining as an experience on the M74 a few years ago. Big black clouds and rain with bright sunshine between them producing rainbows coming off the cars in front! Much nicer than aquaplaning on the M9!
  9. Hi Janice. Good to see you on this excellent forum! Lots here about BGS and other places we know.
  10. Our high streets and cities have also been affected by the removal of decent car parking. Where we live car parking is being reduced and the land used for building new hotels and shops! I rarely went into the town, preferring to go to the out of town shopping areas where there is adequate free parking.
  11. In the last 20 years I have been into Nottingham city centre once. I went to visit the archives for research. That was very interesting and pleasant. I came off the motorway and parked at Phoenix park then caught the tram. I did stop off in the market square but it was not like the place I knew and loved as a child and teenager. Farmers shop had been demolished (yes it was very old and in need of repair), and no Toby's or Pearson's. I stick with the memories of how it was. This is just one of the many reasons why I enjoy this forum.
  12. Great night tonight! New series of Midsomer Murders and Line of Duty. Both on at the same time so thank goodness for BBCiplayer.
  13. A very sad day today. The demise of Debenhams. I agree with those who say they did not move with the times and our local Debenhams shop has gone downhill. My sad moment is because I worked in Farmers in Nottingham, a store owned by Debenhams (in addition to Griffin and S) and a very happy workplace with a great staff. Farmers closed and moved to Scan in the Victoria centre, then that closed. The demise of Debenhams is the end of the line and a total disaster for all their workers.
  14. I would like to go back to the early 1800s to talk to my 3 times great grandfather, a person of colour who worked as a fisherman/sailor in Grimsby. His early life is a complete mystery. His adult life and family life is an interesting story passed down the generations. The evidence suggests he was a nice guy.
  15. If you read the book "Someone had to do it", all about Christopher Pole-Carew it tells the whole story. A very nasty episode in the early 1970's. My dad worked there. When the full scale use of computers was established Pole-Carew was dismissed and went to work for Rupert Murdoch at Wapping to get ready for the move from Fleet Street. The other newspaper in Nottingham was the Guardian Journal, printed at the Watson-Fothergill building on Parliament Street. The Journal and the Post combined and the staff from the Journal moved "over the road" as they called it. I agree that the newspaper