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The Jaguar on Hickings Lane in Stapleford is one I remember from childhood. It must have been new then.  As a family, we sometimes called here on the way back from my grandparents of a summer evening. Mum and dad would go in for a drink and my sister and I sat n the car with a lemonade each.

 

Sometimes, we'd have a ride out to Attenborough Nature Reserve to watch the sun set.

 

Happy days!

 

The Jaguar no longer exists.

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6 minutes ago, Brew said:

Wow, hand made shoes in 1946 must have been serious money.

Ted had access to a trust fund, although he constantly pleaded poverty! He liked his shoes, suits, shirts and the rest of his trappings. 

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Used the 'Jag' a few times,, but again the 'Stabbo' lads just didnt take to us,,even after showing them how to play football on the Pitches adjacent,,...........

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My grandfather, Ted Sparrow, was a regular at this establishment during WW2, when not immersed in his duties at Chilwell Depot and the ATS ladies.

 

His father in law, John Samuel Hudson, was also a regular here. This was situated in an area where lace was produced and kept a special room for twisthands. John Samuel was a lace designer, a Leivers lace maker and talented chap. He also had a dissolute side which brought him to this establishment early in the morning, before work, for a 'brandy puff', a raw egg in a glass of brandy!  During the morning, he would send out the shop lad to the same establishment for a jug of ale to keep him going whilst he operated his Leivers lace machine! No Elf and Safety in those days.

 

I believe The Royal Oak on Villa Street, is either closed or has been demolished.  Beeston is now full of students. It was once very different.

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None of those quite fit with my memory. I only went to the place once when I was about 9 or 10 but even then I thought the place had delusions of grandeur (not in that terminology at that age though!). They considered it more of a wine and spirits shop rather than an offie.

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John Samuel was a customer there in the first decade of the 20th century, long before any of us were a twinkle in our daddy's eye.

 

I think most pubs allowed children to fetch beer or spirits for their elders from an entrance round the back. My father collected port for his dad's stilton cheese preserving and beer for an elderly neighbour in the early 30s when he was under 10 years old from The Crown in Beeston. No one objected.

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I remember three beer-offs, all for slightly different reasons...

 

Don’s Wooden ‘Ut was just that, a wooden hut on the corner of Hooton Street and Carlton Road. Supposedly a hut because the Luftwaffe destroyed the original building in 1941. Lovely smell of wood and beer! We used to follow the leaflet distributors round and then pinch any money off coupons they had left hanging out of the letter boxes. Don would swap them for single cigarettes! Very wrong on so many levels!

 

There was another wooden hut on Thorneywood Rise where my Aunt Win lived. Same lovely smells. Their claim to fame was that they sold Nibbits. I have a feeling it was called Marsden’s, but may be getting mixed up with Benjamin’s memories!

 

Mrs Bancroft’s on Pym Street was where I went to fetch my grandma’s Sunday evening bottle of Nut Brown to go with her equally traditional supper of cold beef sandwiches and pickled onions. They say that everyone can remember where they were the night we heard Kennedy had been shot - well, I was in Bancoft’s!

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I recall one on Lambert St, just across from Berridge Road. My dad was always a light drinker, but did like a bottle of Nut Brown ale, which despite the plethora of real ales, craft ales and such, I have never tasted anything as good. Two traditions - going to the beer-off for some Indian brandy when my dad had the flu and some cream sherry at Christmas.

 

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Bruce Roper had an off licence a third of the way up Peveril st. We lived above and behind it at no 13. Our landlord sold half our big cellar to Bruce for storage. Nottingham Scientific Exchange had the two shops above Ropers. The shop below Ropers was Mr Tetley the tailor.

That row of shops are all rented housing now and I often wonder what those big cellars are used for?

Ben, do you remember the small Marsdens at the bottom of Peveril St ? Alan Oscroft was the manager.

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A friend of mine used to own a business on Peveril St. Through an archway and down a yard. They used to regun cathode ray tubes for both domestic and CCTV applications.

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My Gt Grandmother had an off-licence on Conway Street, Long Eaton but it was early 1900s so before any Nottstalgians were around.  She and my Gt Grandfather used to keep The Station Hotel in Hucknall before that.  He passed away and she was not permitted to keep the licence for the pub so moved to the off-licence.  I have a postcard that was sent to her while she was there, the address is just ‘Beer Off, Long Eaton’ :biggrin:

Alcohol featured a lot on my maternal side of the family!  Gt Gran’s sister and her husband, the Jennisons, ran The Horse and Groom in Linby for many many years. My uncle had a pub in Shirland and then took over The Horse and Groom when Gt Uncle George was incapable of dealing with the barrels and beer any more. Uncle Charlie Croft was at Linby for about 25 years and made a great success of it before retiring.  

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On 3/5/2016 at 10:31 PM, ValuerJim said:

Highbury Vale, bottom of Saxondale Drive - Westwoods newsagents, Cook's chippy, Beecroft greengrocers, Clarkes jewellers (of Kenneth Clarke MP), Dainty's barbers, Raithby's butchers, Co-op, and one or two I can't remember, including the chemist on the corner of Highbury Avenue. Also under the bridge, on Vernon Road, Stirlands post office, Lees and Palmers chippies, and a bike shop further down.

 

 

Sorry it's an old thread, but the Chemists was Turners whose son I used to go to school with who drowned on holiday which was my earliest memory of being aware that we didn't live for ever!!

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Great chippers on Highbury Vale..and good soakage fromThe Catchems!

The Highbury Cinema..that was sat on Albert st?

56957-1-280-99999-unpad.jpgGot to know the Widdowson lads..much later..Latimer St.pictured.

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I  feel even older, that's where I lived, can't help who your relatives are!!  Went back several years ago and was surprised how small it was, used to hide between the sleepers on the railway at the back and let trains run over me, health and safety would have a fit. My brother was far more sensible, although perhaps not now!

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I hope Penny's mother didn't find out!!

 

Coming from a posh lot I only used soveriegns.

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23 hours ago, gone to the moors said:

 

 

Sorry it's an old thread, but the Chemists was Turners whose son I used to go to school with who drowned on holiday which was my earliest memory of being aware that we didn't live for ever!!

Just past Northern Bridge was the "Brough Superior" factory and I can recall seeing the Brough Car owned by George sitting outside. I believe they used to close of part of the road near Noel Street for speed trials of the Motorbikes, but never saw myself. Northern Baths was a daily swim for me and I'm still happier in water than anything else allthough my wifes ties the bricks too tight!

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42 minutes ago, gone to the moors said:

my wifes ties the bricks too tight!

 

Perhaps you should have settled for just having one!

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