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  1. Tivey's bakery, that tickled the old memory cells.
  2. Considering Nottingham had been hit with cholera, I am amazed people were allowed to build new houses without decent sanitation. In some cases, three or four houses would share the same waste soil depositories. ( waste soil was how they spoke of it in those times.) Within five years of being built two houses on Curzon Street were found to be a health risk. In those days they must have had serious issues to be highlighted in this way. Yet still they continued building houses in the same manner. Sorry, going off topic.
  3. Sadly, a lot of the housing in Netherfield left a lot to be desired. The housing was built ad hoc by various builders, not really giving any thought to the people having to live in them. Being in the Trent Valley and having two engine sheds and a large marshalling yard, the atmosphere wouldn't have been conducive to good health, particularly in later life. Your mum saw the writing on the wall, an indoor bathroom, must have been akin to winning the pools. Returning to Loppy's comment about shunters, they would have worked in thick fog amongst other weathers.
  4. Apologies. The photo you put up was picture the past. Yes, the photo I was referring to is amongst those you have posted. Thank you. Also, a thank you to Loppy for your comments.
  5. Cliff Ton:- Am doing my best here, however, am falling short at the moment. I did take screen shots of the toll gate and also the old cottage, but they came from different sources. Will persevere.
  6. Have now located the photograph I was referring to. It's in Picture the Past, clearly shows the house the original questioner asked about. Apart from Loppy, it seems every one else has disappeared from Netherfield threads. There is also a photograph of the railway house which he queried, albeit boarded up.
  7. Thanks Cliff Ton, a fair bit on this map to get my teeth into! Having sorted out the farms in my head, I now have an issue over the location of the first house built in Netherfield!
  8. Have been doing some ferreting around, have now found two pictures of what I believe to be William Brierley's cottage. It is certainly not contemporary with any other buildings in Netherfield. This cottage was unique. A massive shame it got demolished to make way for the bank buildings. Cliff Ton has produced a map on another thread which sadly doesn't show this building, but shows another on what is now Garnett Street. I seem to end up with more questions when ever I think I've answered one. Could these buildings, (which I think still exist) have been used for residential or agricultural use? Am quietly confident that William Brierley's cottage is the one that stood on the corner of Meadow/Victoria Road.
  9. To be paralysed with fear is never a good place to be. No wonder you emigrated to Arnold.
  10. This may have nothing to do with the price of fish, however, in 1910 a Mrs Harriet Bull ran a dining and refreshment rooms on Haywood Road. She was also a tobacconist. Meanwhile, a Christopher Gilbert was a confectioner at Holly Mount, Woodborough Road.
  11. So long as you managed to dodge the torpedoes and didn't hook a mine. A shunter was an under rated job, shifts, out in all weathers, on the plus side, they didn't need gyms! Pay not very good either, although there were enhancements like free travel, pensions, tended to be looked after if you got sick. ie if someone had to take a lower paid job through health reasons they retained their rate of pay. Just realised have gone off topic!
  12. Cliff Ton:- what date is your map at the start of this thread? It's showing two farms and another building closer to where the Midland Railway would be built. If that is Brierley's cottage, then your map is locating it on what would later be Garnett Street, not where I've always thought it to be: junction of Meadow/Victoria Roads. The 1841 census lists Brierley's cottage in Netherfield but not the farms. Looking at their locations it's feasible one would be on Colwicks census return and the other on Stoke Bardolphs return. It does look from your map that the southern section comes under Colwick Parish. The farm on the 1851 census Low Field Farm doesn't appear to have been built. Assuming this farm changed its name to Carlton Fields at some later date, before being eliminated by the railway sometime around late 1880's, as the signal box in the middle of the sidings took its name from this house. Unless Low Field Farm has switched districts for the later census?
  13. Whenever I approached the foot bridge, my mind would switch into adventure mode. The footpaths, bridges, nooks and crannies all fascinated me. Never ventured onto the railway itself. Didn't need to, plenty of other distractions. Wildlife plentiful where ever your gaze fell. To me, crossing that bridge was my own personal wonderland. I remember the narrow gauge railway, the little diesel zipping back and forth with its little hoppers. The tunnel it went through was originally built to accommodate water drainage from the Hesgang Pastures. The next tunnel up was built for the same reason. The people farming here had built drainage ditches and these tunnels prevented flooding from affecting the railway track. The narrow gauge railway didn't appear until after WW2. I have been through this tunnel, the size of the rats fascinated me as they would give you a look of disdain, before scurrying off. I was somewhat older when I did this. Cannot remember finding any bomb parts. Looking back, I wonder how I managed to stay on this physical plane for so long. Expect there are a few others on here reflecting similar thoughts. Despite various hardships along the way, am so glad I lived through the timescale I have. Hope I'm wrong, but I worry about the young people growing up in today's messed up society. My apologies, I digress.
  14. About 10 minutes ago I picked up a book and the page I opened up had a reference to William Brierley and his family being on the 1841 census. No mention of any farms, but they could have appeared on a different census. ie Colwick maybe. Alternatively they could have appeared after the census of that year.
  15. Sadly no, the photograph I am referring to is in the opposite direction, to the rear of the photographer. Ironically, William Brierley's cottage is just to the right of this photograph.