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If your very good I'll  take you hand in hand to Radford rec. After Marsdens we could nip to Clays for some socks.

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Ah, Clay's. Used to go there with dad to buy our shoes as children. We wanted patent, kitten heels with bows on the front. We got...sensible, round-toed, clodhoppers with segs in the soles!

 

Sis complained that she felt and sounded like a carthorse, walking to Peveril in the mornings.

 

Dad's response was, "You can have what you like when you're paying for your own shoes. Til then, you'll have these!"

 

Always wanted some of those silver, sparkly dancing slippers in the window.

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I think you'd better go just to keep things in order, jill.  This is shaping up to be a wild party.   :biggrin:

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Think your'e right Loppy..........going to have to request no more PMs......for details of when its occurring ,,its only a Bungalow you know,,,,,

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Then you'd better put Dancing on the Ceiling on your playlist!

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10 hours ago, Beekay said:

After Marsdens we could nip to Clays for some socks.

Been thinking about this and I'm not sure whether the Clay's you're referring to also sold shoes.

 

Sometimes, our shoes were from Eric's, which was on the corner of Alfreton Road and Hartley Road, next to FLINT'S newsagents. Sandals for summer usually came from Eric's and I once wangled a pair of silver dancing slippers from there. Clay's was the place for sensible shoes and I think dad knew the chap who owned it. I can see the window in my mind's eye but I cannot remember where the shop was. Anyone recall the location? Shoes from Clay's were always wrapped in a long brown paper bag, never in a shoebox!

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As we were talking of decades ago, it doesn't  really matter Jill. I never mentioned shoes, it were SOCKS. Their  location was opposite the Sir Garnet Wolsley,  at the five ways island on Denman street, where Norton street crossed Denman st. Can't  remember the street that ran aside of Clays, I  wouldn't  have thought it would be on Mr Google.

Bet CT comes up with a street map to shoq me my errors. Cheers little sister. smile2

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Thanks big brother! Possibly not the same shop. I remember that area well. I'm sure someone will know where Clay's shoe shop was. Can't have been far away because we always walked there....in our sensible shoes!

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11 hours ago, Jill Sparrow said:

Been thinking about this and I'm not sure whether the Clay's you're referring to also sold shoes.

 

There was a Clays on Clifton, very near where we lived. I'm not sure if it sold shoes, but I remember going in there with my mum to get her supplies of knitting wool, cotton, sewing needles etc.

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I think they must be different shops, CT. The one I remember only sold shoes but might have run to socks. Certainly not knitting wool, etc.  The shoes were slight seconds, I believe, and therefore a bit less expensive. It was a no frills sort of place. Run by an older chap who wore a brown overall. I can still remember the smell of shoe leather when we walked through the door.

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Racking my brains about Clays. We called them Clays the cobblers and I vaguely recall having shoes repaired there.

Were they on Alfreton Rd? Either just below Skills or opposite the Spread Eagle? One or the other was probably Erics. This is back in the late 40's early 50's. They may have stopped cobbling by young Jill's time.

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Erics was owned by a relative, as far as I know they never did repairs just a shoe shop. I can remember him going to Northampton every Wednesday to buy stock.

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I am not sleeping very well at the moment (must be Brexit) LOL. I am watching Boon also have some episodes recorded,  The Chase is also on my list why through the night is everything so boring. We could start a group of non sleepers and bore each other to sleep......the time is 2.42 not that I am clock watching.

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9 hours ago, PeverilPeril said:

Racking my brains about Clays. We called them Clays the cobblers and I vaguely recall having shoes repaired there.

Were they on Alfreton Rd? Either just below Skills or opposite the Spread Eagle? One or the other was probably Erics. This is back in the late 40's early 50's. They may have stopped cobbling by young Jill's time.

They may have repaired shoes, PP. They certainly sold stick on soles in kits and metal segs to make the soles last longer.

 

I have an idea that Clay's may have been sited round the back of Eric's which stood on the corner of Alfreton and Hartley Roads, opposite the church. Eventually, both the block of shops and the church were demolished. The shops were replaced by the ugliest collection of concrete maisonettes which, as far as I know, are still there.

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7 hours ago, Gem said:

We could start a group of non sleepers and bore each other to sleep......the time is 2.42 not that I am clock watching.

 

Nearly joined you Gem,,,but had to get back to sleep,,,i was selling ''Mary Baker'' cake mixes to shops in Dorset,,,,talk about crazy dreams,,,

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On the subject of Clays, and what they may have sold.......the top photo is Radford Road and the lower photo is Denman Street.

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As I thought, CT, it's a totally different shop. I well remember Clays on Radford Road. I believe they sold curtain fabric and suchlike.

 

 

Remember going into Meadow Dairy with my mum in the very early 60s. 

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Looking at the two photos it's now obvious they were two different companies who operated under a similar name. And I couldn't say which was the one who had the shop on Clifton.

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As an additive Jill, I  reckon I'd  got it wrong (as usual !). The shop I  was thinking of couldn't  have been Clays.

If you can cast your mind back, I'm  thinking of a fairly large shop opposite Sir Garnet. Across Denman st., there was Norton st., which had a post office on the corner and on the other, i think it mqy have been a funeral parlour, then there was a barber shop. I particularly  remember that because my butcher boss asked me when I  made a delivery on Norton st., if I  would nip in the barbers and get him " a packet of three". Much to the amusement of two lady customers. Had no idea what he was on about but did as I  was told. Told the barber the packet was for Tom, the butcher on Ilkeston rd. It shook em rigid when I  dropped the envelope on the counter! Also didnt there used to be a little island with a lamppost  on it in the middle of Norton st/Denman st?

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8 hours ago, Gem said:

I am not sleeping very well at the moment (must be Brexit) LOL. I am watching Boon also have some episodes recorded,  The Chase is also on my list why through the night is everything so boring. We could start a group of non sleepers and bore each other to sleep......the time is 2.42 not that I am clock watching.

Have you thought of a hobby Gem ? That might keep you busy. (Glad we're  miles apart!).

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I remember the little island with the lamp post. There was also a branch of Ford's quite close to the Sir GW. It had the usual Ford's mosaic tiles on the frontage but there was also a freestanding pillar which was covered in mirror mosaic tiles and glittered in the sun.  Just opposite Garden Street there was a crockery shop, a vegetable shop and a newsagents where I remember buying some Christmas decorations one year. Furniture store on the corner of Garden Street, Dann's?

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Thanks little sis, you've mentioned shops I'd completely forgotten about. Do you remember just up from Garden St., up towards Bloomsgrove St., the chip shop with a fresh fish next door. Both were open fronted with a connecting door. I'm sure both were Skills. The chips were only 4d a bag, where as the chippie on the corner of Ronald St. were 6d. Don't know if there was any relation to Skill coaches on Alfreton road.

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12 hours ago, Gem said:

I am not sleeping very well at the moment  We could start a group of non sleepers and bore each other to sleep......the time is 2.42 not that I am clock watching.

 

Don't forget that quite a few people who post on Nottstalgia aren't in the UK - they're on the other side of the world, so it's the middle of their day and you won't be keeping them awake. ;)

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2 hours ago, Beekay said:

I'm sure both were Skills. The chips were only 4d a bag, where as the chippie on the corner of Ronald St. were 6d. Don't know if there was any relation to Skill coaches on Alfreton road.

Indeed, big brother, I remember. Bertha Skill was her name and, yes, she was related to Skills the coach company. My auntie Emily knew her well. Always bought her Friday fish there.

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The thing that fascinated me at the time was, they kept their prepared potatoes in a new dustbin ! In went the scoop and another dollop of chips went in the fat....Bliss.

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