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  1. Anthony here....


    It's amazing how one word can change the direction of a conversation and create, yes.......another project!!


    You will recall that I have been reading all our comments back to Vi. In one thread I asked..."and for my delectation". Vi said Leonard Sacks used to say that on The Good Old Days. cut a long conversation short!!! Vi mentioned that she was in a episode of The Good Old Days...It was at City Variety in Leeds.


    I asked a question that I had thought about in the past...Did the BBC issue costumes to the audience upon their arrival. Vi said "No" she made her own. I said oh yes you were a Dressmaker. She said "No my dear, I was a Tailoress, rather firmly"....oophs, I thought they were one and the same thing. I swiftly moved on by asking Vi what she wore to the theatre.


    Unfortunately Vi didn't have a photo of her in the costume (I was surprised that she did not have one), so I asked her to describe it......A high neck, leg of mutton sleeves and the hobble dress. Huh....what the.... leg of mutton, hobble dress. If scratching my head now. I asked Vi what the flip is a hobble dress. "The only way to walk in a hobble dress is 'hobble', as the dress is so tight around the legs. Wow, I am getting educated here!!!


    Vi said she had a copy of the episode on video, went upstairs on the chairlift and came down with an old VHS video. I said you know you can transfer from VHS cassette to DVD nowadays, and that I could get it done by somebody.


    And thus today's project...deliver the video cassette to expert. I've found a local guy... and have asked him to do the DVD before Saturday. I'm gonna surprise Vi by showing the DVD at my house on the 55inch tv.


    It'll be a blast....



  2. Anthony here....


    You will recall on Saturday that I thought I had hit the 'mother-load' with regards to postcards... I said to Vi have you ever taken the postcards out to see what had been written. She said no, as the album is too delicate to handle in places and that the album is over 120-years old...

    I said to Vi that there is a wealth of information on the reverse of the postcards, and with that in mind I carefully removed a card from with a photo of Bigbury on Sea....To cut a long story short, I've been looking for the birth of Vi's grandmother for 2-weeks. Vi said that she thought her name was Widdecombe or Wakeham.....The post card (stamped Kimberley 13 Jul 1909, that I (deliberately and on purpose removed...) ended "...I will write soon, with love to all, L.Wakenham". We both shouted at the same time "We've found her" and hugged each other!!


    I said to Vi that we must start turning the postcards over to have a good read - all 200no of them!!!


    Here's the rub...The album is so delicate that removing the postcards would destroy the pages in places. I am thinking of using my scalpel and tweezers to cut one corner tab on each postcard to 'tease' the postcards out of the album, read, photograph and catalogue each one, return it to the album and repair each tab.


    So my next project is to research repairing photo album tabs...some of them have literally turned to 'dust'.


    I know one of you guys or gals have done this before, so some advise would be most appreciated.


    My list of projects is increasing daily.....




  3. Anthony here....


    I had in my mind two sets of tram lines (one for each direction of travel!!). Silly me.... it set makes sense....why double the infrastructure!!!


    Well I know there was a 'turning head' at Carlton Square...There must have been a 'passing point' on Main Street West ie up the hill. Can someone advise where take location was?


    If there was a single line, then what was the interval between buses travelling in the same direction??



  4. Anthony here....


    My last hour with Vi on Saturday was looking through her photo album and postcard album....I think I have struck the mother load!! The albums were given to Vi by her mother, (b.1888, d.1975)... now that literally was a 'turning back the pages of time'.


    I'll skip Vi's family photo's for the time being....just wanted to tell you about the postcards. I would say that there are about 200no.


    I took a couple of photos of one's that might interest our bus and tram enthusiast's...


    Vi said that the postcard shows the No8 tram, which she said last ran in 1932. I recognised the Nags Head and the Catholic church in the background.



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  5. Anthony here....


    My latest visit to Vi was on Saturday......what an amazing afternoon spent with an amazing lady!!


    I promise to not ramble, and will try to keep this as short as possible.


    My 3-hour visit started by my reading all the comments posted by me to you, and your subsequent replies. Similarly for the GVPS comments. That took 90-mins!!!! So be careful what you say - you don't want to upset a 90-year old!!!


    The next 30-mins with Vi was spent with her looking at the "Turning back the Pages in .....Old Carlton", and me providing commentary to Vi from my notes with Barbara. Vi mostly agreed with Barbara's recollections, if they shared the same recollections.


    One of the comments that did interest me was Vi's agreement with Barbara regarding the location of the VE Day Party on Park Avenue.... both Vi and Barbara are in agreement that photo was taken on Park Road. Vi said she could tell "by the looking at the houses"!!...... There is only one way to resolve this..that is to look at a map circa 1945 and compare the house 'footprints' versus those visible in the photo.


    More to follow....





  6. Anthony here....


    Just got back from shopping..... never fear... I wont starve!!



    If your referring to Benjamin1945 as being a lonely soul, devoid of female companionship....then yes I have been a able apprentice!!


    Yep, unlucky in love.....Is there a Dear Deardrie page on the site??


    And, thanks for the positive message.



    Thanks for confirmation of the VE Day party location - I will gently put Barbara right on Monday.

    Not sure if you take after your Mum - your photo is too small to see....





  7. Anthony here....


    Hi DavidW

    Yep I've got a way with the ladies of a certain age.... Funny that, I've always had bad luck with the younger ladies in my life... ho, hum!!!


    Thanks for the info regarding VE Day, and the Standhill Road Queens Jubillee link. Can't look at them to prize myself from the computer, and go shopping otherwise no din-dins tomorrow.



  8. Anthony here....


    Before Barbara left to go to and get her hair done, I asked her if I could share her memories.... she said yes.


    I said, "Get your 'think cap' on on Monday", as I will bring Yesterday's Nottingham Series - 'Carlton, Netherfield & Colwick On Old Picture Postcards' for her to look at.


    Finally, I asked Barbara if she has any old photo's, she said yes and would bring some in..... hopefully with her permission, I will be able to post some. I keep seeing the same photos on the internet of Carlton, so there might be some 'gems' in Barbara's albums that need sharing.


    I said, "Breakfast is on me all next week".... Yes I know it's bribery but it's for a good cause.... Barbara accepted my offer!!




  9. Anthony here....


    I had breakfast with Barbara yesterday.... she was waiting for me at the cafe. I got told off for being late (we didn't actually mention a time, just that she would be there earlier than the day before!!).


    I had planned to talk about shops on Main Street, however I put a copy of "Turning Back the Pages in... Old Carlton"in front of Barbara, and that became the focus of our conversation. Here are some snippets from Barbara's recollections, based on the photo's in the mentioned publication.

    Page 2 - photo of Carlton Fire Brigade c1890 - Barbara's grandad, William Hayes (her father was Jack Hatcliffe) was a fireman with the brigade she couldn't identify him in the photo (the photo is too blurred). Barbara was born in one of the Firemen's Houses next to Carlton Fire Station.

    Page 3 - photo of Carlton Boards School - Barbara attended this school (infants and junior). The Headmaster's name was Nobby Green at the time. That's got to be a nickname!!

    Page 5 - photo of girls dancing at Station Road School - Barbara looked for herself in this photo...again to no avail. The Headmistress was Miss Plackett, and some of the teachers were Doris Stanley, Nora Gateley and Miss Dennis.

    Page 8 - photo of Chandos Street School class - Barbara's brothers, Roy and John attended, Barbara and her sisters, Maureen and Jean attended Station Road Girls School.  

    Page 9 - Mrs Stainforth also taught at Station Road School.

    Page 10 - St Paul' Church - Barbara was visited by Mr Young the Verger to plan her marriage to Robert Palmer in 1957.

    Page 11 - Photo of St Paul's bible class - The Reverend Fisher Ferguson performed Barbara's nuptial's at her wedding.

    Page 17 - Photo of Enginemen's Roster, Colwick Loco Works - unfortunately Barbara's dads name is not there.... Might have had the day off!!! 


    Flicking through my notes now...nearly finished.

    Page 30/31 - Photo of VE Day party. Barbara was adamant that the party photo was taken on Park Road, not Park Avenue as stated in the publication.

    Page 41 - Photo of The Royal Oak (now Inn for a Penny) - Barbara's local (hic)!!!!! The landlord and landlady were Sydney & Peggy Duncan.

    Page 43 - Photo of Jack Leaper - Jack was Barbara's mum's next door neighbour.

    Page 45 - Photo of Carlton Athletic Football Club, 1927... The text reads.."Among the supporters was a Mrs Etches, who was well known for attacking players of the opposing team with her umbrella if they fouled a Carlton lad". Barbara said Mrs Etches (Emma), was her grandmothers' auntie. Emma Etches nickname was "Nor Nor". When I asked why, Barbara said that Emma had an operation on her nose that went 'wrong', and that affected her speech. What a snippet......


    Sorry bout the length... bullet points don't do it for me when taking about history!!




  10. Anthony here....


    Hi Cliff Ton

    Great stuff - just what I need for a comparison.


    Thanks for to the 'heads-up' regarding GVPS..... as you can see, I'm having a great conversation (via my sister) with others.


    Similarly DW - thanks for posting names/addresses from the 1939 Register..... Not heard of this resource. Can you give me its full title?


    Finally.... for now. I have a number of Directories on CD, and am available for look-ups in the following for Notts:

    C. N Wright Directory 1854

    F. White Directory 1864

    C. N Wright Directory 1902

    Kelly's Directory 1912


    The following is also a great resource for Kelly's Directories:




  11. Anthony here....


    Hi Cliff Ton

    Thanks for the PM (replied to), and your previous post.....


    This map is just what I wanted - with individual building clearly marked. Very much appreciated. Can you please provide the date of said map. It looks circa 1940-50???


    I did read a previous post (i can't find it now), as to when the Main Street became Burton Road (to the east) and Carlton Hill (to the west). Just for my delectation can you please advise you best guess for the change of road names?


    To all

    Finally, (for this post). I have also read about grumble's regarding long posts of previous forum members..... I am a story teller, cant help it - that's me (its called enthusiasm!!). If you want me to reduce the size of my posts, feel free to PM me. Constructive criticism is most welcome....



  12. Anthony here....


    David W, thanks for looking at the register, and the new names. I feel like I'm getting to know John and his family now.


    I asked my sister to post a message on the GVPS Facebook page (I don't do Facebook!!) regarding 620 Main Street Carlton. Here are two responses from Kate Turner who resides in New Zealand:

    "My grandad, John Aslin, had a butcher's shop near Towle's cycle shop, i think. I'm 81 now and remember sitting in the little sitting room behind the shop when Dad took me to visit. I wonder if your neighbour remembers my grandad? My aunty Nelly (Sydall) helped grandad in the shop and took it over when he died. None of the 3 brothers (including my dad) were interested which is why Aunty Nelly helped and eventually ran the shop herself which was probably unusual for a woman to do in those days?"


    Followed by:

    "I've lived in New Zealand since 1976 so i really appreciate and enjoy this group and two others I'm in, Nottingham Way Back When and Nottingham in the Owd Days. Look forward to hearing more - and it's so nice that you're helping your neighbour."


    I have asked my Sister to post the photo of John Aslin, and am looking forward to Kate's response.


    I've started my day with a good deed - hopefully I can do more after meeting Barbara this morning. I'm having a full breakfast, Barbara will have her egg on toast.


    Finally, when I spoke to Barbara yeaterday, I asked why she didn't have any bacon on her plate. She said "I love bacon but can't eat it now". I said why... she said, "They've taken all my teeth out.".... Bless her.



  13. Anthony here....


    Rob L - Thanks for the extra names. I will mention Jack Aslin and his son, John, to both Vi and Barbara to see If they personally knew them.


    I've just had a another look in the book that Vi gave me to read. On page 23 there is a photo of John Aslin (senior) and the caption reads;


    "Mr Aslin, 1920's -  John Aslin was a Carlton butcher with a tiny shop on Main Street. In this photograph he is feeding birds in an orchard believed to be at the top of Carlisle Road. When he died his daughter Nellie, who worked with him, ran the shop. The shop is now disused and boarded-up, and Nelly has retired to Hucknall".


    Nelly is another name for me to mention to my lovely young ladies.....


    It looks like Cliff Ton has abandoned me regarding the maps....I will have to improvise!!


    Finally one last question....I have noticed that a lot of streetviews posted on the Forum are also reproduced in this book and others. We does one stand with regards to copyright? Short answers on a postcard please!!!





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    The Tivey name keeps cropping up in messages. Firstly from Cliff Ton, secondly a Tivey has just joined GVPS and thirdly from you.


    I last spoke to Vi on Monday and when I mentioned the name Tivey, she said that Mr & Mrs Tivey lived next door to her on Standhill Road. She only knew the parents as Mr & Mrs Tivey (as she was young), but was friends with their children, Harry & Ida. Ida had a son called Fred.



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  15. Anthony here....


    Hi TBI, thanks for the tip. I will revisit Old-Maps later this evening - got to respond to loads of messages on the Gedling Village Preservation Society Facebook page tonight.

    It's gone barmy today!!! Cliff Ton - thanks for the link.


    Funnily, Vi gave me some books on Monday to read, one of which, "Turning Back the Pages of Old Carlton"  has good maps on the inside covers. The front inside has Carlton 1914, unfortunately the edge of the map stops short of Dr Parks Corner. Cliff Ton - do have this map in your collection?


    The rear inside cover is a map of Carlton 1955 (smaller scale than the 1914 map). I'll try and zoom in on this one. Photograph both and print ready for tomorrow if needed......