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Started to decline late fifties early sixties  slywink

 

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Back in Victorian times I'm told it was quite a well to do area. Looking at the frontages on Forest Rd I can well imagine it, certainly some the houses are huge when you get inside. Sad that most have been turned into grotty little bedsits. 

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Going back to Pasture Road at Stapleford, I had a schoolfriend who lived there whose father was the man who filled the blast furnaces at Stanton ironworks. I had been round there on a school trip before but one Sunday afternoon a couple of friends and I were invited to Stanton to see things right up close. We actually went up the steps around the furnace where we could see through peepholes the molten steel dripping down.  

The flames coming from the furnaces at night were known locally as ‘blue monkeys’. My friend’s nephew was the original founder of the Blue Monkey brewery and he named it that because of his grandfather’s association with the foundry.

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A female friend of ours was waiting one evening in her car on Balmoral Rd. just of Forest Rd. to collect her son from a High School evening activity. She was warned in no uncertain terms by one of the local ‘ladies’ to get off her patch!

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The Forest Fields area was a very upmarket place at one time. Bygones did a good issue on some of the buildings a few years ago which recalled the days when professional people, including solicitors of a totally different kind, were in residence.

 

During my years at The Manning, there were problems with males loitering around Gregory Boulvevard and, more specifically, outside our school railings, watching 5th and 6th formers on the hockey field. This concern was never alluded to specifically but staff were concerned about it, especially as fourth formers upwards were allowed to leave the premises at lunchtime and often went for a walk on the forest or to the arboretum to get away from the Harpies for an hour or so. Some were propositioned by dubious raincoat wearers and we were warned to stay away from the Waverley Street and Mount Hooton Road areas but were never specifically told the reasons why.

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If that pic could talk!

Jocks shop on the corner of Hunto..Nice Cars Garage and St.Johns Ambulance Depot. EMEB building that poor old Colin trained in. The 31 and 50 transportation to hell.Camping out on Woodborough Terrace over Vic tunnel. Trumans and the National Garage, Judges sliced pans and The Newcastle Arms..nice Variant!

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Just read some of the comments re Southy Street. I worked in the area for about 7 years in 1990-97. Many of the houses in the area would have been very grand indeed at one time. I've been in a lot of them. Most, not all, quite run down and split into flats. Even in the run down state some retained features of their past grandure. Ornate plaster ceilings and some basements having the bells on springs marked with the rooms above as they had been the servants quarters. Forest Road and area was of course we'll known in the 50's until recent times as Nottinghams vice area where  prostitutes now more politely referred to as sex workers operated. I knew many of the regular girls, not in the biblical sense I hasten to add. Some were there for drug money, some pimped and some just because they could make some money quickly. All sorts of reasons often with rather sad histories that led them into what is a sordid lifestyle. A few of them were really quite pleasant and likeable. Many not so. 

I don't think it's so well know or used as a vice area now. Perhaps the Internet and modern slavery and pop up brothels have taken over. 

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