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  1. I worked the cost prior to Decimal Day in 1971. There were 240 pence in one pound sterling. Twelve pence made a shilling, and twenty shillings made a pound, e.g. forty-two pence would be three shillings and six pence (3/6), in 'old money'. 42 pence divided by approximately 4.54 (litres per imperial gallon) = 9.25p. per litre.
  2. Ian Finn, I remember this garage for Jet petrol sales at Nuthall. At the time I filled up I believe it was priced at three shillings and six pence per gallon. 42 pence per gallon, equivalent to 9.3 pence per litre now!
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    Alan Ladd in, 'Shane', often the film and story-line were copied by Clint Eastwood as an actor, director and producer in his films. Never bettered. 'Paul Newman in, 'Hombre' with (Michael Desilver)?, as the Mexican bandit who stole a few scenes. Burle Ives in, 'The Big Country', out-shone the male starring roles of Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston. Yul Brynner in, 'The Magnificent Seven', with Steve McQueen, one of the greatest films that appears to have faded into obscurity. John Wayne in, 'The Searchers', brilliant photography and storyline though some scenes did appeared a little silly and out of context but provided some light-heartedness. Still watchable after all the revisits.
  4. The writing was on the wall with demolition of Trinity Square and the construction of the awful Victoria Centre and that den of crime the multi-storey car park. The closure and pedestrianisation of the once lovely Lister Gate with the equally diabolical awful Broad Marsh Centre and Maid Marion Way set the tone for a deserted city scape. I escaped the ruination of a once plesant city in 1965 and have never regretted doing so. Remember the stabbing of a man in the News House pub off Angel Row which pulled the trigger for the notorious violent episodes of criminal escalation that seemed to follow and gave Nottingham the reputation of the gun crime city of the nation.
  5. Many thanks, Jill. I now remember he was Mr Booth. His name had escaped my memory.
  6. I remember being taken by my mother to a dentist on the boulevard, a large house on the left up from Alfreton Road but not as far as the forest in late forties or early fifties. I remember running from his dental surgery up the stairs in the vestibule to escape, followed by the dentist with a amalgam to fill my tooth cavity. I believe he was bald and could have been the butcher of Gregory Boulevard. Whimp or what? Due to immigration Hyson Green and everywhere else was changed for the worst for forever .
  7. Dark Angel et al, I am unable to copy images here including Google earth for some obscure reason. However, if you look at Google earth or similar historical images you will find existing evidence of the continuation of the mineral line as it continues south from Melbourne park. Just north of Holbeck Road at the bottom left of the old Player's Sports ground the gravel track bed of the line is visible. This line as you have now correctly stated did run approximately 80m east, parallel with the route of Western Boulevard. In the attached link,, appears the new Western Boulevard road bridge taken from the approximate position of the Babbington mineral line crossing. Vane St. cottages appear in the distance, I believe.
  8. I've this photo link - which might assist, if you do not have access to it. As usual MS Windows photo apps and this site cannot copy or paste photos for some obscure reason.
  9. I remember Freda Jackson who lived (or perhaps visited) on the Whitemoor Estate at the time on Bracknell Crescent or Didcot Drive area. I saw her once or twice as she walked past our house on Nuthall Road going to the bus stop at Western Boulevard end. At that time her smoking in the 'street' and walking out in trousers, (Slacks) were then considered somewhat of a vulgarity. I remember my mother and grandmother's comments to her dress and smoking quite clearly.
  10. Keith, I last saw Robin in about 1960. Regards, A.
  11. Hi! kj792 I am afraid I have no information on Robin only that I knew him as working for a pork butchers, who's name I forget, at the bottom of Denehurst Avenue. The only acquaintances' I am able to recall Bobber's Mill are Alan Hambleton, Mary Brown and Adele Jackson who lived further up Nuthall Road at the corner of Whitemoor Avenue. I wished to emigrate to Ozz in 1962 with two friends if mine, unfortunately my mother intercepted my applications which sadly I failed to follow up. An opportunity lost forever as I joined the Marines instead.
  12. That is about right where the bus terminated at the end of Valley Road rather than Arnold. The other terminus I recall was at the end of Western Boulevard somewhere near Ilkeston Road. This was around 1952.
  13. I remember as a young boy of about 9 year's old being put on the 53 bus by my mother at Nuthall Road bus stop alone and going all the way to the Arnold terminus and remaining on the bus returning to the terminus at the other end of Western Boulevard (Ilkeston Road?) an then back to Nuthall Road bus stop again to get off and to walk back to my grandmother's house as a means to keep me out of mischief! How time's have changed.
  14. Willow, I remember the buildings and their location quite well. Especially, Lillicrapp's and the post office. The house on Table Row just up from the Nag's Head had a rather crude weather vane in the back yard and remember it drawing my attention for years as I passed on by. All of that local character ending as demolished for a car sales and showroom.
  15. Cliff Ton, excellent image. do you have any info on the house surrounded by a copse behind Whitemoor House (the Pub)?