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Col, I often use the so called rat run, as do many others, as it allegedly alleviates congestion at the Arnold Rd traffic lights. Personally, I don't believe it, so it must be Bestwood Pk residents using it.

I only use it to go to the convenience store in the old Deerstalker building. 

If you do make a visit soon, have a look at the old 360 Club building. I walked passed the other day, and it's been cleaned up beautifully, and renovation work done. At the back its been all paved, and single story extensions built. It's now probably flats / apartments, but looks very presentable.

 

When it was built, the Council claimed it was to allow access for people from Bestwood Estate to work on the industrial estate.  Never heard such a load of cobblers in my life.  It would have been just as easy to put in access from 'The Ridgeway'. As it happens, the house directly in front of you as you emerge from Forum Rd, is where I was raised from about 1951 until I left home.  My Mum was still there until about 2008/9 and traffic inceased massively on Southglade when Forum Rd was built.  Whoever has that house now seems to be letting the garden grow..

 

Also, Forum Road slopes down onto Southglade Rd., which shows just how much the landscape was changed by the refuse tipping which the Council also seemed to think was 'OK', because it was 'only' Bestwood Est.  Before the tipping, the land sloped downwards from Southglade Road, actually mirroring the corresponding dip in Hucknall Road and Bulwell Common, which still exists.

 

Mal Redman (Nottingham Way Back When) was a regular young dancer at the 360 when we ran the discos there.  He put up some pictures a couple of years ago when the 360 was in the proces of conversion.  I will have to look at the finished article when I can..

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Hello,   Thank you for your reply Benjamin, and thank you for the welcome DJ. Both are really appreciated.   I spoke to my Aunt, Mum’s sister, this morning and she maintains that t

I moved onto Southglade Rd. (No. 40) around 1951/2, when I was barely 3. Prevously we lived at 76 Glaisdale Drive, Bilboro. Back then, there was no Beckhampton, no Rise Park, or Top Valley, or Bestw

I'm back Mandie,,,so much to tell you don't know where to start  lol,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,yes indeed Leybourne drive i'm sure was finished just before the war,,,i recall the remnants of an ''Air raid shelte

Hello,

 

Apologies if I’m not doing this correctly, but I was searching online for information about Bestwood Estate, and Leybourne Drive in particular, when this thread popped up.

 

I’ve just read it from the beginning, and to be fair it’s probably been the most productive part of my day so far. I’m not sure if anyone will be able to help me, but the information I was looking for is basically when Leybourne Drive was built. My grandparents were married in Jan 1943 and on their marriage certificate my grandmothers address is Leybourne Drive, and that was their marital home. My mum was born April 1944 at Leybourne Drive, but all the information I can find says that only Andover Road, Gainsford Crescent and Landcroft Crescent were completed pre-war. The 1939 Register has people living on Leybourne Drive, but only up to number 77 and my grandparents lived at 100. I know the house exists as I remember visiting it, but I’ve no idea if they were the first tenants.

 

My grandparents moved away about 1974/75 to Top Valley.

 

Thank you for the thread, it brought back many memories of going down to the shops at Marble Arch with my grandma, and visiting my other grandparents who lived on Orville Road.

 

Take care,

Mandie

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Mandie your Mum was born very close to me,,both in time and address,,i was born at 118 Leybourne on 4/3/45,,number 100 was not far away 9 doors,,i'll probably know of them,,,names i'm thinking at the moment are Shepherd and Alcock,,,if its not them i'll probably remember if you name them.

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Welcome to Nottstalgia MandieOS.

 

If you're happy to give your mum's name here, then benjamin1945 will probably tell you a lot about her :)

 

If you don't want to put it online, send him a Private Message which only he will see. To do that, click on his name in one of his posts, then click on 'Message'.

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Hi, 

 

Thank you for the welcome.

My Mum was Carol Hinsley, her Mum and Dad were George, known as Steve, and Elizabeth, known as Betty. Mum had two younger sisters.

Unfortunately Mum died in 98 so I am unable to ask her if she remembers you.

Take care,

Mandie

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Sorry Carol Hinsley doesn't ring a bell Mandie,,,,odd really i reckon i knew most families on that part of Bestwood estate.

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Welcome Mandie.

For what it's worth, Gainsford Crescent showed up on some maps as early as 1935, but not sure if any of it was built yet.

 

I moved from Bilborough to Southglade road around 1951/2 and was told that the footings were down pre war, but it was not completed until after WW2. 

On the other hand, Andover Road definiteley had houses with SP still painted on their front wall, to indicate that a 'Stirrup Pump' was kept there for firefighting due to air raids. Proof it was built pre 1945.

I honestly don't know about Leybourne, except that my late sister lived there and my Brother in Law still does, very close to the former 28 bus terminus.

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Hello,

 

Thank you for your reply Benjamin, and thank you for the welcome DJ. Both are really appreciated.

 

I spoke to my Aunt, Mum’s sister, this morning and she maintains that the majority of Leybourne was finished just before the war and her family moved there in 1940. I was hoping to discover if the family had been the first tenants and she says they were. I realise this prompts the question why didn’t I just ask her in the first place, but she hasn’t been very well and I don’t like to keep bothering her.

 

I was telling her about this thread and reading some of the posts to her, which prompted a lot of “oh, I remember them”. I had seen your reply, Benjamin, that you didn’t remember Mum or her family and she said when she was growing up there was a H******  family living at 118. I don’t know if this is your family and I’m not sure if you have published your full name on the board, so I’ve asterisked just in case. I’m assuming it probably wouldn’t be your family as my Aunt would be a bit younger than yourself and I think I read you moved to another part of the estate when you were still small. 

 

My Aunt says the Alcocks were at 104 and the Shepherds at 94. When I was reading her some of the names you had posted in your replies to other people, my Aunt said she knew Irene Howlet and Mary Radford. She said that Irene was born on exactly the same day as Mum and the midwife was going between the two houses, and that Irene and Mum were in the same class all the way through school.  I remembered that there was a post about a school photo earlier and that Irene’s name was included. I read the names to my Aunt and she said it sounded like Mum’s class, so I did some digging through Mum’s old papers and found one of her school reports. It’s from the Padstow Secondary Modern School, Name Carol Hinsley, Form 2b, (the photo is of 2a?), Date of Report Jan 1957, Form Teacher D Parkinson, Head Master W Bond. So I think Mum was probably in the year ahead of you. I have a school photo in which Mum looks about 11 or 12, I haven’t scanned it yet but I’ll try and get it sorted and work out how to post it to see if you know anyone. Mum’s Sunday name was Carolyn, but she was known as Carol.

 

I’m trying to encourage my Aunt to register, but she doesn’t really like technology. These are some of her responses to the few posts I read to her, and this is fairly random so please forgive me:

 

The Brittons (Britains?) lived next door - Jack and Alice with their children, June, Joyce and Donald

She remembers big Alma very well, and you absolutely didn’t mess with her if she was in a mood

Granny Boot lived more or less opposite where you were born, Benjamin

The Leonardis also had a daughter and they lived on Raymede not Leybourne because their house backed directly onto Grandma & Grandad’s 

I’m sure she’ll be happy to discuss that last one with you if I can persuade her to join, something about hockey sticks...

 

Apologies for the length of this post. I have an entire sheet of notes from our hour long chat this morning.

Thank you again for the welcomes and responses,

 

Take care, 

Mandie

Oh, and Billinge DJ? We’re nearly neighbours!

 

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You have made my day Mandie,,what a brilliant post,,in the five years ive been on the forum ive had a few great posts from people from my past and yours is up there with em,,

I'm on my phone at moment,,but will switch to computer in a while,,as i have so much to answer you on,,,

Benjamin,,

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Hi Jill,

 

I’m afraid I have very little knowledge of Leybourne other than visiting my grandparents. My mum and her sisters were all born there and it was my Aunts responses I posted, but I’ll send her a text and ask her if she remembers a Dickson family.

 

Take care,

Mandie

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I'm back Mandie,,,so much to tell you don't know where to start  lol,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,yes indeed Leybourne drive i'm sure was finished just before the war,,,i recall the remnants of an ''Air raid shelter'' at my Grandparents house at 126 Leybourne the Jacksons and i'm sure they moved there before the war.

                       Glad your Aunt remembers so many people who lived there,,,and she was correct about who lived at 118 it was the Hopkins and the lady Connie was my Mams sister,,,they had a large family obviously all my cousins,,,Barry,,Brenda,,Lynda,,Trevor,,Andrew and Angela.   The Alcocks at 104 i remember because of their big Privet hedge where i threw a Pixie bonnet over on my way to my Grandma's from school,,Mam had knitted it for me,,but i thought it was too 'Puffy' and the other lads at school had made comments,,cheeky sods.

              I knew Irene Howlet and Mary Radford quite well they lived where i moved to from my Aunts when i was 2 or 3  Andover road,,,both really nice girls. Back to Leybourne,,i knew the Shepherds a lad a bit older than me,,can't recall his first name.   ah just come to me Gordon)..a bit odd your ref' to the names on the school photo and Irene Howlet ? sure she was in my class  ,she had a slightly older sister Margaret i think,,maybe was her? i was in 2a in 1957.and Miss Parkinson was our form teacher and obviously Mr Bond the Head.

                       Now when it comes to the Brittons i finished up related to them,,my Uncle off Leybourne Bill Jackson married June Britton,,,and her brother Donald was my Uncle Johns mate (john jackson) for many years,,,other mates of my uncles who lived on Leybourne who your Aunt may know are,,,Charlie Mculloch,,Brian Copeland,,Ronnie Walters and Donald Starkey,,she may also know some of my Aunts who lived on Leybourne,,,all Jacksons,,,Marg,,Gwen,,and Rose.

             Then there was big Alma Beadsworth another family mostly Raymede i think,,,Alma scared even the 'Teddy boys'' who thought they were hard,,i loved Alma and was always very polite to her.......lol.  I could go on Mandie,,,hope your Aunt responds would love to converse with her....Edit   I see you live in Wigan,,,worked there for a while,,from an office in Mesnes Park,,,,,world gets smaller don't it...

                           God Bless Benjamin (Paul)

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Wow what a couple of really interesting posts. Well done Mandie and Ben. Its lovely to bring memories to the fore and remember together.

Welcome Mandie hope your search presents more interesting results and please keep posting . Enjoy .

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On 8/28/2019 at 4:49 PM, MandieOS said:

 

 

Thank you for the thread, it brought back many memories of going down to the shops at Marble Arch with my grandma, and visiting my other grandparents who lived on Orville Road.

 

Take care,

Mandie

 

Mandie,, if you look at the thread  Marsdens,,Farrands,,Dewhurst etc,, you will see many references to Marsdens Marble Arch,,,think the reason i knew so many people on Old Bestwood was apart from being born going to school and growing up there,,,i went to work at the Marsdens on Andover road on leaving school in 1960,,,regarding Orville road where your Grandparents lived,,i used to be the Granville with bike delivering,,,and one on Orville road still sticks in my memory.......lady lived by herself name of Mabel Thorpe,,,,couldn't forget her could i'?  she actually worked in the offices for Marsdens on Wigman road,,,,,

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Other names living near you on Leybourne that your Aunt may remember...........Clarks lived opposite you Barry and Kathleen,,,Starkey's Donald,,Mrs Witts,,Spencers ,Margaret,,Knights ,,Mick and Roger,, Mick member on here trogg,,Collins,,Michael and John,,,Freestones,,Camm,,Landers,,Twigg,,Copeland Brian,,Walters,,Durhams,,Daykins, Johnnie,,Arthurs ,Terry,,..........these all lived on Leybourne between Hove road and Eardley,,,        i'll shurrup now,,,

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I didn't really know who lived on Leybourne, apart from a few who lived between Padstow and Eardley Rd, whose names I no longer remember.  I do recall that a girl I was at Henry Whipple with until 1959/60, called Valerie Benson, lived somewhere along the right side of Leybourne as you go from Eardley towards Hove.

Mention above of the Leonardis.  I remember Brian Leonardi, who's nickname was 'Pud, or 'Pudding' in school. I worked with him briefly on the building of the short lived 'Basford Flats' around 1970.

 

Ben, you've mentioned an 'air raid shelter'.  I wonder if you or Mandie you also recall the Anti Aircraft gun emplacements on the fields opposite Southglade Road?  Along the field boundary which was more or less where the access to Southglade Sports Centre is now, there was a track next to the hedge, then a low bank, maybe 2 or 3 feet high parallel to the hedge.  Halfway along the field was a semicircular 'bulge' in the banking which I was told was the actual gun emplacement. There were still a few of those iron bars with loops in them for rigging barbed wire. There were also the remains of a small brick building.  There was a similar bank and 'bulge' in the next field  up towards Top Valley.

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Not on the fields opposite Southglade Col,,the ones i remember were on top of the hill near where the line of trees stand today and have for many years,, 

        Concrete anti aircraft emplacements that were quite extensive,,they were part of our play area,,and nearby were the football pitches that henry whipple played on,,known as the Camp pitches,,which i believe gives their origins away,,

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I don't recall those Ben.  But now you mention it, I recall that we used to walk some way from Henry Whipple to football fields somewhere up around Padstow school.  I recall being very upset when I was dropped from the school team.. but there's no doubt that I was rubbish at footy.  I had no idea of tactics and only barely understood the rules. :wacko:

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We had a lad in our class similar to that Col,,he never made the school team,,but obviously took part in PE lessons of football,, will always remember Mr Saunders who wasn't really into it either wearing suit and running across the said Camp pitch screaming,, ""Smith,are you inside right or inside left? "" "inside out Sir"" Smith replied,, very funny at the time,,  lol,,

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Hi, apologies for deserting you. Life took over for a few days, then we had family staying, and then my Aunt went away for a break so hopefully everything will be back to normal soon.

 

I sent my Aunt a link to this thread. She read some of it, then started to tell me her memories, I’ve tried to encourage her to post to you directly and was hoping that she had done when I logged on this afternoon - but unfortunately not.

 

Nevermind, I hope everyone is well.

Take care,

Mandie

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It had to happen in the Nottingham Post is news that they are going to build 350 houses on the Padstow site. I just hope they keep the row of iconic Poplar trees that seemed to have been there all my life and seen from miles around.

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I think your right Ben its a special area to thousands of people, I went to Whipple but not Padstow but I can remember all the playing fields and other areas around there and I would be a shame if it all disappeared into the rest of the area without anything to remember what was there  before. What about Padstow fields. Just think of all the thousands that went through those doors and lifetime friends formed, or in some cases relationships started.lol

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When development was first revealed the name Poplar Heights was being used.

 

Approx 350 homes

93 of which will be Nottm City Homes for rent

Plus a total of 170 other homes in local developments.

 

Are all the new kids going to be schooled at home, cause there won't be any land left to build them new schools.

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