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Hi .... Does anybody remember a Family Business, J. & S. Farr Ltd, who had premises on the corner of Parliament Street and Trinity Walk, they were Electrical Contractors and in the same building had a shop selling Electrical Appliances and Light fittings. The Farr family were closely linked with the Home Brewery at Daybrook and also Daybrook Laundry and a lot of work was done for various Public Houses.

The Company went into liquidation in 1969. My first job was here in 1962 (until 1966) The staff / stores entrance was about 50 metres up Trinity Walk and the shop entrance was on Parliament Street, opposite the old Nottm Evening Post Offices.

I can vividly remember a Newspaper vendor outside the shop on a daily basis, shouting something totally incoherent and it took me many months to realise he was saying 'Evening Post & News'.

In connection with the above, I was very interested to learn recently that William Bendigo lived on what is now Trinity Walk.

Is the exact location of the Site of that dwelling known?

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Yes Malc,remember the shop well,it was all cream with green sills,doors and windows. Inside it had some fabulous displays for light bulbs etc..

I have loads of photos.. as my dad stood opposite on scout parades.

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Trinity Walk was originally called New Yard .

Looking in the news archives there was a Bendigo cafe in Trinity Walk in the 1940s . Maybe that was the site of his birthplace ?

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Trinity Walk was originally called New Yard .

Looking in the news archives there was a Bendigo cafe in Trinity Walk in the 1940s . Maybe that was the site of his birthplace ?

If we're to believe Wiki he was born 'in the slums between Long Row and Parliament Street'. So not far away. I'd be interested to know exactly where.

One of 21 kids!

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You may not have expected to see a photo of the place. According to Picture the Past this is 1971, which differs from your comment about Farr going into liquidation in 1969. But PTP may be incorrect.

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And I've borrowed this from the Facebook page of the Nottingham Hidden History Group. https://nottinghamhiddenhistoryteam.wordpress.com/
This is Trinity Walk when it was called New Yard, and they say Bendigo's house is the one on the far right with three steps.

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Looks like it's no longer Farr's though. The window shows handbags and the like. Maybe Smith Englefield took the shop over?

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According to Bendigo's own words it was New Yard off Parliament St .

From The Era 8th Feb 1852 :

"Sir

......(there was ) a statement that I was born in 1812. I wish you to be so kind as to explain for the benefit of the public that my birth is registered in St.Mary's Church , Nottingham as taking place on the 11th day of October 1811 in New Yard , Parliament Street .......

Yours truly John Long ,2 Vicars Croft for William Thompson ( alias Bendigo)"

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Looks like it's no longer Farr's though. The window shows handbags and the like. Maybe Smith Englefield took the shop over?

Good point ! I hand't noticed there's some kind of "For Sale" sign over the whole place.

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Great picture . Can you read the wording of the sign over the 3 steps ?

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Great picture . Can you read the wording of the sign over the 3 steps ?

I've now found that photo is on PTP and they give a date of 1913.

Looking at Directories, the name on the sign above the three steps is Thomas Oldham - Electro-plater. It ties in with the one in the left foreground which is Matthew Manser - Upholsterer.

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Presumably we're talking about little Billy Thompson from Sneinton?

Wasn't there a strong dark ale called Bendigo, sort of similar strength to barley wine, sold in third of a pint bottles?

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1911 Census :

Thomas Oldham born Arnold 1846, living at 10 New Yard "a tankard measure-maker".

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