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  1. FLY2, I remember cobbled Lincoln Street, (Basford Town) as it was often referred to, as a very vibrant community with numerous shops and 'characters'. The Old English Gentleman on the original Brown's Croft, all narrow side streets with their own special features. The untitled 'Lord Mayor', of Basford , Ivor Liddington for one. Rubin, often shoplifter and drunkard and many others I'm unable to name. Three butchers shops, herbalist, fish monger, grocers, cycle repairs, (Martins) news agents and chemist to name a few. Basford Manor on Church Street was owned by Mr & Mrs Telling (Builders & Plasterers). Basford wakes by the river Lean with its quaint arched bridge. Gone and forgotten. To see Lincoln Street now via Google Earth is saddening. The flats and housing ruined completely a thriving area. As you say perhaps a fly-over would have been for the better.
  2. Hi! FLY2, As a Basfordian, I believe you would remember Lincoln Street before the apocalypse!
  3. Hi! Jackson, I thought I would like to reply with my similar fine memories of Aspley Library. With its green rubberised flooring and immaculate shelves of books to get lost in. I started in the junior section then moved on to the senior section. My earlier recollections of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn kept me happily absorbed for hours. I do remember a young girl librarian about the time you might have been in attendance and I would have liked to have the courage to have asked her out but, being of a shy disposition I regret now that I didn't have the necessary level of confidence to do so. It is very sad that the library we knew now has barred windows and a re-inforced main entrance (Google Earth). Yes, Aspley 'pictures', the shops, Mick and Olwen at Pinketts's , the snooker hall and the frothy coffee café opposite the library all bring back happy memories.
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    Dunkirk - old and new

    Where is (was) the original wooden constructed flyover built by Sheperd-Hill Construction?
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    Black Boy Hotel

    I'm very sorry to learn of this. Thank you for contacting me.
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    Black Boy Hotel

    Could you tell me more please about Christine Alcock or her family, she could be a relative of mine.
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    What Jobs Have We Done?

    Ayupmeducks I was interested where you mentioned working at Wilson Ford. Two friends I knew worked there. David Gladwyn and Terry Reynolds. I new a friend too who was at British Gysum, Keith Millington. Lost contact with them aeons ago.
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    3 randoms.

    Is that Gp Cpt, Peter Townsend RAF, on her right? The doomed courtship and hopeful marriage that never was?
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    Meadows memories

    Do any of you older Meadownians know of a Frank Fairholme . He lived around the corner of Cremorne Street onto Kirke White Street area. He emigrated to Australia about 1964. He worked at John Jardine's on Deering Street. Any news of him would be welcome.
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    Albert Brown !

    Correction it was the Running Horse at Canning Circus.
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    Wilford Road

    TBI, The weird looking building you describe housed one of John Jardine's machine shops and offices. Jardines occupied Deering street and Cremorne Street with fabrication shops, lace machine shops, foundry and electrical repair shops. Quite a complex for a street area. The y had a huge metal plate guillotine that shook the surrounding properties when shearing through metal plate. The restricted the guillotine's use to the day shift. The company was owned be Hovering Gravels and closed and moved to Colwick around 1966.
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    Albert Brown !

    I remember seeing him near the Flying Horse (Canning Circus),londish homosexual with a blotchy complexion. Walked with a bit of an effected swagger I recall.
  13. Hi! Katrina, I attended Whitemoor Juniors at that time. I remember being taught in the annex building by Mr Anderson. I recall Miss Maltby and few others. One of the male teachers, (perhaps it was hairy-faced Mr Gregory) had a liking for the girls. He would often invite girls up to his desk for them to show him their work books. His hand would move up and down their legs under their dress. Quite naively I thought he was comforting them over their shyness at being in front of the class. The girl next to said, 'dirty devil', she being far more astute and knowledgeable as to what was going on than I was! He never did invite any of the boys in the class to bring their workbooks to him! Names like Geoffrey Dodd, (Odd Dodd) Butch Stinchcome, Ann James, Jennifer White?, Brenda Brentnall (with the plats) and in a later year Norma Croft come to mind. Happy days left behind so quickly.
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    Strelley (sandhills)

    Sir Stanley Hooker's biography, 'Not Much of an Engineer', should be visited at is gives a vivid account of his direction in improvement piston engine improvement (super charger) and jet engine (VSTOL) development.