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There was a Judge's bakery on Mansfield Road near the junction with Bluecoat Street. The fascia was a work of art and the interior fittings equally beautiful. The shop closed many years ago but I hope the interior was somehow preserved. To reproduce fittings like that these days would cost a small fortune.

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Here's a cracking picture of the top of Woodborough Road showing Mapperley Methodist Church and the top of Porchester Road - hope it inspires some memories  

Rob, I think the picture would have been taken in the 60's when they started building on the land behind what was once Wardles's garage (i.e.before Wheelhouse had it).   We used to play football and g

Plains Road looking towards Nottingham. The road on the left is the top of Westdale Lane.

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The property with the sign on is 155 Woodthorpe Drive, where Judges bakery was.

 

The property that the photographer is standing by is 1 or 3 Plains Rd, that would have been where Hudsons was, so 2 separate businesses?

 

Maybe Hudsons moved out of 155 and into 3.

Maybe no.1 was the Household stores?

 

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45 minutes ago, Cliff Ton said:

Re; what Jill has just mentioned. Amazingly despite everything, the Judge name is still above the shop.

Well, the fascia has gone. Not possible to tell what's happened to the interior. Let's hope it was carefully removed and taken for architectural salvage as opposed to being sledgehammered as is so often the case these days. Few people seem to appreciate craftsmanship any more.

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Forgive my ignorance  Stuart.C but what's an escape room?

Never heard of that before.  B.

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Escape room is where a group of (usually strangers) are locked in a room and to Escape they have to solve a set of clues which lead to releasing the door lock or way out.

 

The rooms usually have a theme of some sort either to confuse or assist clue solving.

 

Rooms have different levels of difficulty and people pay for the privelidge.

 

Some companies use them for "Team building"

 

I've never done one, not interested, but have watched a couple of films based on the idea.

 

They seem to getting popular in the U.K now, just an example,

https://dayoutinengland.com/escape-rooms-in-england/

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Thanks very much, Stu-pot , for enlightening me, so had a look at your link. But for the life of me, I can't see the sense in it. Why on Earth would anybody want to be locked up with strangers?, after all, you don't know who you'll be with. Some might be right nutters who may be claustrophobic, or you may find it's yerself. 

Personally, I've been trying to escape 'er indoors for years.  :ninja:

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12 hours ago, Cliff Ton said:

Re; what Jill has just mentioned. Amazingly despite everything, the Judge name is still above the shop.

 

https://goo.gl/maps/uErZR3NRSxiwWGVKA

That Judge’s shop has more recently been a restaurant called ‘Encounters’. We ate there several years ago, just the once, because we weren’t too impressed.  The restaurant closed down some time ago.  

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I looked at the palimpsest this morning as I walked along Mapperley Top.  I don't think it could have been HUDSON'S; there is not enough space to fit 'ON' before the 'S.

 

I am sure it was simply three lines

 

   JUDGE'S

HOUSEHOLD

     STORE

 

replaced by two lines

 

         JUDGE'S

HOUSEHOLD STORE

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From BookATable.com

 

The Bread and Bitter was officially opened by Barrie Judge on December 5th 2007. Back in 1991, Mr Judge shut his bakery on the same site. Now fully restored sixteen years later as a pub, his bakery ovens remain built into the wall in the central area of the pub, along with a "Brewers Graveyard", full of artefacts from closed down breweries of yesteryear.

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6 hours ago, The Engineer said:

 I don't think it could have been HUDSON'S

 

I am sure it was simply three lines

 

   JUDGE'S

HOUSEHOLD

     STORE

 

 

I now agree that it probably never said Hudsons but the mystery remains as to why it was called "Household Store" .

 

Going right back to the early 1900s C.W.Judge were confectioners , bakers and restaurant owners so seems odd to have that description.

 

 

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I think Barrie Judge may still be around (he is on LinkedIn).  We need him to give us the full SP.

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Sadly no Barrie but his widow appears to still be around,

 

From Nottm Live,

 

Jennifer added: "It's a little gem which was part of Nottingham's history that was quite important to the city for a long time. It would be a shame for it to be hidden away and lost and we are potentially opening it up to the public in a fun way."

There will be three themed escape rooms at the site, named Judges Escape Emporium as a nod to the bakery which was built in 1860 and taken over by C.W. Judge in 1889. The bakery, which had no drainage, moved to Mapperley in 1912 but shop above remained open selling bread and cakes until 1992 when the fourth generation owner Barrie Judge - the son of a city councillor - retired.

 

His widow Wendy Judge, of Colwick, described the new venture as "wonderful". She said: "I think it is most imaginative and they are full of ingenuity. It's a delight to behold after so long of trying to find the right people to take it on. We never wanted it to be spoilt. We always felt it was Nottingham history.

Mrs Judge's collection of old black and white photographs of the bakery will be going up on the wall. They include a display of cakes for the Queen's Coronation in the shop window.

 

https://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/whats-on-news/building-work-new-nottingham-escape-7066730?fbclid=IwAR13VKyYRjkXllnPSPT86kS8Jlcyffq_kV1sY-0eeO7pwi6xIf5aNzv0hgE

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That link to the NEP includes a photo of the window display of the shop at the bottom of Mansfield Road mentioned in earlier posts here - where the name on the wall survives.

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On 4/3/2022 at 11:19 AM, Cliff Ton said:

A number of aerial photos from the late 1940s have been recently put online.

 

This is Plains Road, Mapperley, looking towards the shops in the top right. On the left is the garage which was on the corner of Central Avenue - opposite the top of Somersby Road. In the 70s-80s I remember it being a Honda (?) dealer, then Volvo.

 

 

This website has added new aerial views of the same area; these are directly above rather than from an angle. Hover your mouse over the image and you can zoom in. This is Gedling Colliery/Arnold Lane/ Mapperley Top.

 

https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/archive/collections/aerial-photos/record/RAF_58_1096_F21_0230

 

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