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Quite a few empty shops in the Four Seasons Oz..when industry was over in this area..whether by design or profit or evolvement..i will never forgive goverments who did bugger all to replace these losses...north of Watford Gap as they used to say!!

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13 minutes ago, IAN123. said:

An old London bus visits Mansfield.

Great photo Ian

The building in the background is Lawn Mills, cotton doublers, now a shopping centre.

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On 9/20/2018 at 1:08 AM, IAN123. said:

Two 1961 photos of Handley Arcade on Leeming Street.1961_62_Mansfield_Handley_Arcade_1.jpg

Home to Sally Twinkle's the fantastic draper and haberdashery shop. One of the very few left.

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Jill,I know I didn't take this photo in Mansfield or Sutton but your word "Haberdashery" reminded me of a similar shop in a Leicester museum

 

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funny how certain words evoke memories

 

Rog

 

Edit, notice the over head track for the money tubes to run along to the accounts department

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I can remember those money tubes in Farmer's, Exchange Walk and Beech's, Hyson Green, which was on the site of what became Fine Fare. The noise they made terrified me and I refused to go in as a child!!

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1 hour ago, Jill Sparrow said:

Home to Sally Twinkle's the fantastic draper and haberdashery shop. One of the very few left.

Sally Twinkle is still there

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Yes, I know,Oz. I'm a regular visitor due to my interest in traditional upholstery. It's a good source of materials.

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Didn't Leonard Swindley run a haberdashery shop in Coronation Street? Miss Nugent worked for him.

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Something of an institution in Sutton was Rowells Department store, made Grace Brothers look positively futuristic! Mrs C had Saturday job there in her teens and in view of her diminutive stature was always having to be an Elf in Santa's Grotto.

Rowells also had/have a branch in Long Eaton, I assume that they are both long gone by now unless anyone knows to the contrary?

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Rowells had a shop in Eastwood. Still there, I think. One in Stapleford. Still there earlier this year. Their Heanor shop is now a hospice charity shop. 

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1 hour ago, Jill Sparrow said:

Rowells had a shop in Eastwood. Still there, I think. One in Stapleford. Still there earlier this year. Their Heanor shop is now a hospice charity shop. 

Yes it is, Jill. It's just a shop though, not a department store so maybe not connected. My wife tells me when she was at school, Rowells was the first shop in Eastwood to sell tights after they first came out and had young gels queuing up.

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Not sure but wasn't it called Marshall & Rowell?  The Heanor branch was on two floors. Very quaint. 

 

It was the type of shop that would have stocked liberty bodices. Did they have one in Bestwood, Ben?

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No not one in Bestwood Jill,, but i do remember them in Long Eaton and Stapleford late 60s,,also recall the name Marshall being i think one of the owners............

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I took this picture at the National mining museum Caphouse colliery, well worth a visit any time of the year,plenty of pit machinery to look at,free underground trip lasting about an hour,,plenty to see and do

 

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Rog

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A Mansfield Poem By Alan Curtis

When I visit my old home town,

It’s a trip down memory lane.

My mind goes back to my childhood days.

And I am a young boy again.

 

There were many quarries around the town,

And many Coal mines too,

There were cotton mills, and hosiery mills,

And a place that could make you a shoe;

 

There were Brickworks and Train sheds,

And Quarries for stone and for sand.

And Railways to haul their heavy loads,

To places throughout the land.

Everything  seems smaller now.

And much of it has changed.

All the old shops have disappeared,

And  everything seems rearranged.

 

A thriving market once we had,

Packed with market stalls.

You could stand and eat your mushy peas,

And listen to the market’s calls.

 

A man and his son had a roundabout

From Shirebrook they hauled their pride..

They set up the rides for the weekend,

For the children to enjoy their ride.

 

Mr Froggat  would turn the mangle .

And  round the kids would go.

The music would sound as the wheel went round,

And the smiles on their faces’ would show.

 

The children would wave to their mothers,

As round and round they went.

And when it stopped, the children knew,

That all their money was spent.

 

Now Mansfield is a different place,

And the big shops have all but gone.

Charity, Café’s and  Barbers shops

Replaced  them,   and not just one!.

 

There are empty shops around the town,

It would be better to see them taken.

Nothing would please the town folk more.

Than to see the old place awaken.

 

The Supermarkets have made the change,

To our shopping habits you see.

Now all the things are under one roof,

They say it’s better for you and for me.

 

The children now have their computers,

They show pictures and colours with pride.

With fields of green and skies so blue,

We called it ” Playing Outside “.

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I'll strongly resist the temptation to become embroiled in political conflict, but it was the Clean Air Act which sounded the death knell for the North Notts collieries and mining communities. Housing was going over to gas and electric, the railway was going diesel and electric, so the demise was inevitable. Power stations were moving to gas and nuclear.  Margaret Thatcher just completed the long drawn out conclusion sad as it was.

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School milk, manufacturing and industry..vat..from 8%-15%..privatising NHS, hunger strikes, poll tax, precipitating of the NOW housing crisis..all felt even more in Newstead and Sutton, Kirkby and Mansfield.

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