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  1. Gas Works in Nottingham

    Not quite on the subject of gas works but does anyone remember the gas mantle factory on Radford Road - opposite the gas works? I was a bit further along from what is now No. 628 Radford Road (address found on Google SV) going towards the city. The actual gas mantle factory building seems to have gone. I remember 628 Radford Road particularly as I had a dentist there. There was a doctor's surgery on the ground floor and the dentist (Brian Lawson) on the first - he was yet another butcher dentist I have had the misfortune to be treated by. Datewise, I was still at school so it was late 1950's. On a different aspect: Year of natural gas conversion on Sherwood Rise was 1972.
  2. Black Boy Hotel

    It was Berni Inns that introduced me to this site - or rather a Google search which led me from Berni to Bristol then Nottingham then The Grosvenor which then links directly here to Nottstalgia. What piqued my interest was that I have a lot of memories of the Grosvenor, having lived next door for some time
  3. Black Boy Hotel

    I don't remember the pipe but I do recall it being Peggy's Bar. I agree about men-only bars. There are women only places, I'm sure, they are just not defined as such, as you say.
  4. Keep One Drop One.

    Bee Bop
  5. Black Boy Hotel

    Perhaps part of the BB's demise was caused by it having a men-only bar! I used to go in the BB quite a lot when I first moved to Nottingham (from 'Ucknall) I thought the atmosphere there was great - peace and quiet away from the city outside. The men-only bar was on the left toward the back of the ground floor. Despite being men-only, there was always a woman barmaid there serving these fat, lecherous, cigar smoking city "gents". It wasn't nice in there. Much, much better was the cocktail bar on the first floor (up the magnificent staircase). They didn't sell beer by the pint when I first started going there but did after a few months. That wasn't too much of a problem most of the time as we found a way of getting quite intoxicated very cheaply (depending on who was serving). For some reason, we had started drinking rum & Pernod. There was one particular barman who would carefully measure out the rum and then do a "say when" with the Pernod, obviously not knowing that the Pernod was quite a lot more expensive than the rum. Thinking back, how on earth could we have drunk such a mix? There were lots of other little nuances that made the BB particularly appealing, on that sticks out is that the restaurant (where we ate occasionally) served orange ice-cream. The BB is the one and only place I have come across this. They made it themselves and it was wonderful!!!!!!!!!!
  6. GPO/Telecom etc. buildings

    It's nearly 50 years since I left! Are you following the Hucknall High Street thread which I have resurrected? I would be interested in your comments on that. Also Beardall St. School
  7. GPO/Telecom etc. buildings

    You may well be right. Not quite as I remember it though. My memory of the place was that it was quite close to the road and taller. Switch rooms on the ground floor and the exchange part above them.
  8. GPO/Telecom etc. buildings

    Extending out of the city, there was a large exchange on Portland Road, Hucknall. I can't place it on Google maps but I think it was just down from Woodstock Street, on the same side.
  9. Just one minute ago I referred to Django Reinhardt in my contribution to the Johnny Hobbs thread - spooky!!!!
  10. Johnny Hobbs

    I well remember Johnny Hobbs. I saw him perform many times at several venues but especially the Newcastle Arms, all of those silver bracelets must have weighed a ton, how could he play with all that incumbering him? He was a real virtuoso on the clarinet (possibly other instruments as well) I remember him playing St James Infirmary (as Bennerly) but gradually dismantling the clarinet as he played. It the end, all he had was the mouthpiece and reed with his hands cupped around them. It was an appalling squeak but still, the tune came through. He then proceeded to reconstruct, still playing, back to the whole instrument. Was the violinist Bernie Cooper? His daytime job was as a bailiff!! Cooper had a duo act with Norman Barnacle paying tribute to Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli (Le Hot Club de France). I worked at the same place as Norman in his daytime employment (he was an engineer) and I was a jazz "hanger-on" for quite some time
  11. Hucknall High Street 60s/70s

    Turning a bit off the High Street on to Station Road with the Co-op grocery shop on the corner there was a small street leading up to a car repair place (which looks like it may still be there, according to Google SV). The other end of that street turned into a twitchell on to the High Street at Lodge's ironmongers. I digress. Next along was a solicitor, Shelton's, I think, then a double fronted house substantially hidden by a Monkey puzzle tree. The place was, in fact, Rhodes shoe shop which, seemingly, few people knew about. This wasn't surprising, being hidden away like that. If you looked carefully it was possible to see shoe boxes stacked up inside. What was odder was the mysterious card sign hanging in the window "INVITATION INVITED" I assumed it was meant to read "INSPECTION INVITED" and they hadn't noticed their signwriter had it wrong. Rhodes was owned by a Cecil Rhodes and I was told that he and I were related in some way. Considering that Cecil Rhodes was a famous explorer, I took it that I was related to that person rather than the owner of a strange shoe shop. Further along was Baths Lane – leading to the swimming baths and now called Ashgate Road, apparently. On the other side was (is) the Station Hotel – something of a dive in my time there and an offshoot of Station Road – Station Terrace. Here were houses on the left (still there) and a cement/builders yard on the right beyond that was the insecticide factory Doff which still exists on Watnall Road as Doff Portland. Moving along Station Road, there was the bridge of the LMS station (which is now the end of the tram line, it seems. I don’t know, never seen it). Station Road then split then, as now, into Papplewick Lane on the left and Wigwam Lane on the right. Down Wigwam lane was Cordon’s Tent Contractors and a small sock knitters called Wass’s (sp?). Much, much further down Wigwam Lane, past the settling lagoons from the pit and slag heaps was a sausage skin makers, the sewage works and Clark’s Farm. There was a farm nearer to the slag heaps but I can’t remember its name - might have been Webster's but not at all sure. Further away from the High Street, off Wigwam Lane and down Oakenhall Avenue was a small shop run by Frank & Vera Knight. Before retirement, Frank Knight was a well known Nottingham Forest Player in his day - look on Google!
  12. Cussons Soap Factory (outside views)

    I was working at Gerard's at the time. If it was the same fire that I remember, that was actually at the back of Gerard's in a small paint factory on Gauntley Street. The paint factory very close to the Gerards glycerine separation/purifying plant and some bright spark(!!) in the fire brigade decided to associate the word glycerine with nitroglycerine - which you may know as the high explosive material. This misunderstanding of the FB was compounded by them noticing some of the glycerine drums (it was shipped in 45-gallon drums) were labelled: GLYCERINE DYNAMITE GRADE. This was a quality of glycerine selected for reasons of purity, nothing else. Glycerine is perfectly harmless it doesn’t easily burn and is even edible but, try as we might, we could not convince the fire crews there that there was no danger over and above with they might expect from a tiny paint company fire. One thing that scared them most was that there were about 200 tonnes of glycerine there in a storage tank. The fire brigade was well on their way to calling for the evacuation of probably the whole of Nottingham before they got a message that what we had been telling them was true.
  13. Maid Marian Way

    I concede I was wrong about Sevens. I remember the start of MMW, that certainly was at the time I was at People's College. I remember it was sometimes a real battle to try to pick my way through and among the various building works to get to Mount Street bus station to get home to Hucknall. ON the subject of the Wimpy Bar on the corner, it's not nostalgic for me. I got thrown out for complaining that my meal (a Wimpy, those ghastly extruded chips - Tasty Fries was it? and whatever else) didn't resemble the picture on the illuminated poster outside. The burger I received was about the size of half a crown and there were only about half a dozen "chips". The part of the building at the back of the Wimpy with the smaller windows was the MidlandsHQ of GPO Telephones before it became BT. I don't quite remember the year, must have been mid 1960's
  14. Lunchtime Libation.

    Yep! That was it!
  15. Lunchtime Libation.

    When I worked on Gregory Boulevard we went to the Grosvenor normally and sometimes to the Forest Tavern. When at Gerard's it would be a Shippo's pub on Radford Road at the end of Wilkinson Street (almost but not quite next door the brewery) (doesn't seem to be there any longer) or a posh pub at the Whitemoor end of Wilkinson Street (I can't find that on Google SV either). Of course, there was always The Old General but he was usually reserved for Fridays. I've just noticed on Ian's post the Scotholme Hotel - that was another place that had my patronage when at Gerard's.