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Robinsons rose nursery westdale lane carlton.

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philmayfield    650

Robinsons also had florist shops under the name of Thos. Robinson Florists. I think one was on the WB side of Trent Bridge. I believe Tom Robinson jnr. lived in Thurgarton.

Phil

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FLY2    7,449

Tom Jnr and his sister Mary I think her name was used to drink with some of my mates and I in the early 60's, but I believe Tom overdid it a bit and once ended up in hospital.

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Hardy3    7

There's a house on Hardys Drive, Gedling called Wheatcrofts its surposed to be where Harry's mum lived. Wheatcrofts started in Gedling as Wheatcroft brothers then the brothers had an argument and split, Timmermans were related by marriage to the Wheatcrofts and you can always get the Harry Wheatcroft rose from them, I always have a 'Harry' in the garden, you can also get a Dorothy Wheatcroft rose.

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carni    7,432

Ah Memories, The house with the" Red Door" is my old Home. There is an alley between ours and what we called " The Big House". The first small bedroom windowin the alley is the room shared by my sister, two brothers and little me. There was a third bedroom, but you had to walk through one bedroom to get to it.To small, so us kids all shared a room. Hardys Drive looks a lot different these days. No Doctors house and tall trees with the Rookery.

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DAVIDW    1,056

In the 30s there are a couple of adverts in the NEP by a Mrs.A.E.Wheatcroft of Hardys Drive for domestic staff . No house number given .

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doubleyou    9

I am a member of the Robinson family through my mother who was one of the daughters of the founder Thomas Robinson. He lived at Lyon House  411 Westdale Lane  which was built by his father in law (Mr Lee) who apart from being a builder was also an amateur rose grower and my grandfather's business partner when they started the original nursery on Westdale Lane near the top of the hill into Gedling. Thomas had 6 children but a boy died young under the wheels of a cart leaving 2 boys Tom and Eric and 3 girls May Lily and Joan, all 5 of whom worked in the business at one time or another as the production and sale of their produce was countrywide and also european to some extent. My mother recalled often going south with her father to sell to Notcutts among other buyers. Apart from the nursery where they specialised in miniature roses they also had a farm in Gotham where they grew a wide variety of flowers for the wholesale market and to sell in their own shops. Old man Robinson liked a drink and died relatively young because of it and the 2 sons continued with the nursery and shops for some years before eventually closing the shops and then selling the nursery land to developers. The eldest son Tom had built a bungalow on nursery land and had 2 children Tom and June. His brother Eric was given a piece of land next door to Lyon House and built 409 living next door to his parents although 409 has since been demolished and redeveloped and Lyon House now sits on a much smaller plot then originally.When the nursery was sold Tom the eldest son moved to Thurgarton and his son Young Tom built  a bungalow just off the nursery and next door to his sister June. Young Tom as we called him ran the Robinson's wholesale business at the Central Market (under the name of something like Growers Produce i seem to remember) and he carried on for a while before moving to Jersey .Thomas Robinson the founder was a leading rose grower in England winning all sorts of prizes in his pomp and i have a copy of the obituary written at the time which talks about him in very glowing terms but i'm afraid the business didn't last beyond the second generation. One of my Robinson cousins remarked to me some years ago that we must have had the only business that lost money when the garden centre boom started. Oh well.!!

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katyjay    3,425

Great first post, doubleyou, welcome. 

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Cliff Ton    5,717
2 hours ago, doubleyou said:

I am a member of the Robinson family through my mother who was one of the daughters of the founder Thomas Robinson. He lived at Lyon House  411 Westdale Lane  which was built by his father in law (Mr Lee) 

 

It looks like it has survived in unspoilt condition :  https://goo.gl/maps/EwjCxpnSdWS2   (providing there hasn't been any renumbering since).

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