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The 1959 and 1963 photos bring back memories. Does anyone remember what was opposite the New Inn before it became Bristol Street Motors ( which it may well no longer be). We used to get the newspapers from a newsagent on Mansfield Road, opposite Ebers Road. There was also a ladies fashion shop (very posh), called Hilda Hansen. My mum used to be forever looking at the stylish clothes there in the window, day-dreaming! Later on there was also a Kebab place along there and a 'beeroff'.

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9 hours ago, Frank Johnson said:

The 1959 and 1963 photos bring back memories. Does anyone remember what was opposite the New Inn before it became Bristol Street Motors ( which it may well no longer be). We used to get the newspapers from a newsagent on Mansfield Road, opposite Ebers Road. There was also a ladies fashion shop (very posh), called Hilda Hansen. My mum used to be forever looking at the stylish clothes there in the window, day-dreaming! Later on there was also a Kebab place along there and a 'beeroff'.

Siddon's garage occupied the whole site along New street and Jenner Street. They were main Citroen dealers, previously Jowett dealers they also dealt in Ford and Austin. Ben Siddon and his motor trade cronies would gather regularly decked out in their plus fours ready for a shooting day out. There was a section of the stores area where he would hang pheasants and hares which he would occasionally give to 'the workers'. Hilda Hansen was indeed a posh frock shop. As an apprentice mechanic I used to volunteer to fetch cakes and fags so that I could look in the windows, not at the clothes but there was some posh 'totty' working there.

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1 hour ago, Frank Johnson said:

Many thanks Ian and Dave P, ( not by any chance Dave Parkinson: ex Claremont?)

No sorry not me Frank.

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There used to be a garage on Mansfield rd where you could use inspection pits and hire specialist tools, Spring compressors etc, was it called Autoplus?

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14 minutes ago, denshaw said:

There used to be a garage on Mansfield rd where you could use inspection pits and hire specialist tools, Spring compressors etc, was it called Autoplus?

 

Was never out the place Den..........always down the inspection Pits........Spring compressors ?.....could'nt get enough of them........lol.

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You have to watch them spring compressors Ben.  If a compressed spring gets loose it can spoil your whole day.  :biggrin:

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I once saw a spring compressor fly off & travel the length of a workshop & go straight through a toilet door ! If anyone had been sitting there reading the paper they would have had quite a surprise.

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That one cracked me up. Mick.  :biggrin:. You sure wouldn't need a laxative!   That's what I was trying to tell Ben..  If you were too close to it you might need a funeral director..

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