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I seem to remember a very weird-looking building on Wilford Rd, quite large, somewhere on the left down 'apeny bridge end. It was completely wood-covered, like waney-edge fencing painted dark creosote. Anyone remember it or what it was?

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It wasn't something to do with the wood yard was it,a place for drying wood,not sure,may be some sort of storage area for livestock,perhaps Cliff Ton has a picture of it that might jog a few memories

 

Rog

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I wondered about it when I first saw TBI's post, but I don't know the area that well and I couldn't find anything which might fit the description.  Maybe a few more details or clues........

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Cheers Rog and Cliff. My mum lived off Wilford Rd and can't remember it but I don't think I'm imagining it. It stood on a corner, I thought initially towards the river end but I now realise it couldn't have been that far down. Possibly corner of Deering St. 

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On 9/16/2017 at 10:11 PM, TBI said:

I seem to remember a very weird-looking building on Wilford Rd, quite large, somewhere on the left down 'apeny bridge end. It was completely wood-covered, like waney-edge fencing painted dark creosote. Anyone remember it or what it was?

 

On 10/2/2017 at 1:55 PM, TBI said:

Cheers Rog and Cliff. My mum lived off Wilford Rd and can't remember it but I don't think I'm imagining it. It stood on a corner, I thought initially towards the river end but I now realise it couldn't have been that far down. Possibly corner of Deering St. 

 

  

TBI,

The weird looking building you describe housed one of John Jardine's machine shops and offices. Jardines occupied Deering street and Cremorne Street with fabrication shops, lace machine shops, foundry and electrical repair shops. Quite a complex for a street area. The y had a huge metal plate guillotine that shook the surrounding properties when shearing through metal plate. The restricted the guillotine's use to the day shift. The company was owned be Hovering Gravels and closed and moved to Colwick around 1966.

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Does anyone remember Glorias Cafe on Wilford rd. i would go there for lunch while on day release at PCFE in the early 60s i think it was just short walk from Castle Blvd.

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Nope!  ;)

I was at People's College around '65-'67.. We tended to grab a 'cob' or somesuch in the college refectory and swill it down with a couple of pints in the Trip....

 

But to be fair, I don't really know that end of town..

 

 

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In the fifties when I was at the ROF some of us would do a fast walk and back to a cafe on Wilford Rd for lunch.

We got fed up with the canteen and wanted a bit of fresh air as well. Glorias caff rings a bell. 

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There was a cafe just up from the bike shop almost opposit the labour exchange, I had a friend who did the cooking there in the late fifties.

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The bike shop was Fred Bunney, almost opposite the irish Centre, and beyond that was the Navigation Inn.

 

This shows the Bunney place, so I guess the cafe would be a bit further off to the right.

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There was a cafe just round the corner in the photo....Midland Cafe....went in there every workday morning for a couple of years.

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I can remember my brother and his friend swimming across the Trent and if I am correct near / half way  across the Trent near the swing bridge you could stand up, as  the Trent was only waist high. Wilford Road end of the Trent used to be great Sunday afternoon's laying on the grass in the Sun with your trannie listing to the top of the pops, now all that's there is bird mess from the Geese,

OH! THOSE WERE THE DAYS MY FRIEND. We thought they would never end.

 

Bottom or beginning of Wilford Road for about 20/50 yards is Wilford Street please correct if I am wrong. 

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On 4/9/2005 at 9:49 PM, dicko said:

Wilford road, the Loco pub as we called it, my mum god bless her worked there, my x brother in law was in the 60's the Landlord, Ernie and Kath Hart. When i was 18 i did my first bar stint at the Castle Pub just futher up Wilford Road towards Castle Boulevard end. Me mams favourite shop on Wilford Road was the porn shop.

As for eightpenny bridge, Deering School was over it and we didnt have to pay then.

Another infamous pub was the Magna Carta, Wilford Road and Kirkwhite Street Junction, there was a blind woman who played the organ there at weekends and her faithful guide dog, i think her name was Ada? does anyone remember her?

Opposite the Magna there was a factory, and as a child i remember it caught fire and all us kids went up there to watch it burn down.

I have a lot of pics of Wilford Road, must pass them on to Mick to include on the forum for all who have forgotten Wilford Road. dicko

 

 

Hi Dicko, hope you meant your mums favourite shop was the pawn shop! The organists name was hilda I think and the toll Bridge was half penny Bridge, must have come across you in my time, went in both of the pubs mentioned and many more! Take care and stay safe Jerry O'leary 

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Go over the  a'peny bridge on the left is Iron Mongers pond, I'm sure you must have some good memories about summers that you spent there.

 

Some one has just told me that on Wilfoford Rd there was not a single pub,   

 

Why well every pub used to be on the cornerof a rd/st that came on to Wilford rd. So the pubs address was not Wilford Rd but the st/rd it was on.  

No one has mentioned the "Crocus" pub top of Crocus st I seemed to remember  that my mum &  dad used to call it the Croweee. 

If any member is interested i have a school photo of teacher and children from Bosworth school. 1922/23

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