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Well said Babs!!

I live my life 100% and think the same as you...!!!! The ones who are not happy they can carry on their way...we do not need em'!! Although I am like you...always help out even the ones who are not always nice to me :)

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Well said Babs!!

I live my life 100% and think the same as you...!!!! The ones who are not happy they can carry on their way...we do not need em'!! Although I am like you...always help out even the ones who are not always nice to me :)

YOU SEEM TO BE GETTING TO KNOW ME A BIT NOW AND STARTING TO READ MY CARECTER A LITTLE MAKE A GOOD FRIEND BUT WILL SOON STAND UP TO THOSE WHO MIGHT CROSS ME.

WELL I HAVE BEEN PROMISSING YOU FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS OR SO MARZIPAN TO DO ANOTHER POST ABOUT MY LIFE IN NETHERFIELD SO I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT AND THE REST OF YOU ARE NOT TOO BORED WITH MY POSTS AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIVED IN NETHERFIELD IT MIGHT BRING BACK A FEW MEMORIES FOR YOU TOO.

DEBIL ST AND THE SURROUNDING AREA.

SOMETIMES IT FELT THAT YOU LIVED IN A COMPLEATLY DIFFERENT AREA THAN NETHERFIELD ITSELF AT THIS BOTTOM END AS IT WAS IN THEM DAYS JUST REMEMBER NO RING RD,SO THE BOTTOM END WAS LIKE A LITTLE VILLAGE ON ITS OWN ONCE YOU GOT OVER THE CROSSINGS IT WAS LIKE A COMMUNITY ALL OF ITS OWN PROBERLY SOMETHING LIKE 300 HOUSES AT THIS END TWO CLUBS THE ORRIGINAL RAILWAY CLUB OPPOSIT DEBIL ST AND BRASSO AS WE ALL CALLED IT LOWER DOWN VICTORIA RD OPPPOSIT MIDLAND TERRACE BRASA CLUB STILL THERE NEAR MORRISOND SHOP MIDLAND TERRACE WAS WERE McDONALDS IS NOW.

JUST OVER THE CROSSING WAS LITTLE WOODEN HUT MRS FORDS SHOP NOW DAYS IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN AS A HEALTH HAZARD MICE RAN RIOT IN HERE I HATE TO THINK WHAT ELSE BUT MY MUM DID A LOT OF HER EVERY DAY SHOPPING IN HERE MANY BECAUSE SHE COULD GET THING ON THE BOOK TILL PAY DAY EVERY THING WAS WIEGHED IN THEM DAYS SUGAR IN BLUE BAGS 1 LB OR 2 LB BAGS MARGE LARD ON GREASEPROOF PAPER AND BISCUITES FROM METAL BOXES WITH GLASS LIDS TO SEE WHAT YOU WANTED .SWEETS AND CHOCOLATE WERE KEPT IN A CLASS CASE WITH DOORS AT THE BACK FOR HER TO GET IN USED TO THINK IT WAS TO STOPP THE KIDS SHOP LIFTING BUT NOW REALIZE IT WAS TO STOP THE MICE FROM GETTING INTO THEM. ALSO SOLD CIGGARETTES AND TOBACO.

DEBIL ST WAS THE FIRST ST AFTER THE CROSSING WITH A BOOKIES ON ONE CORNER, ONE OF THE FIRST LEAGAL BOOKIES IN NETHERFIELD ON THE OTHER CORNER WAS A CHIP SHOP FIRST RUN BY MR AND MRS GEORGE WHO HAD A DAUGHTER DOROTHY WHO HAD DOWNS SYNDROM WHO HELPED THEM IN THE SHOP OK WITH MONEY IF YOU ONLY WANTED ONE THING BUT MUM OR DAD WHOULD TAKE YOUR MONEY IF YOU HAD A SMALL ORDER BUT SHE WAS REALLY GOOD WITH THE SERVING OF THE CHIPS AND THE WRAPPING THEM UP REALLY QUICK SOME TIMES WOULD HAVE THEM WRAPPED BEFORE YOU HAD FINISHED ORDERRING WHEN MR GEORGE BECAME ILL AND DECIDED TO SELL UP IT WAS BROUGHT BY MR AND MRS JONES WHO UNTILL THEN HAD LIVED FURTHER DOWN DEBIL ST THEY HAD TWO DAUGHTERS ANNE WHO PLAYED THE PIANO AT BRASSO FOR A FEW YEARS AND SUSAN. THEY ALSO HAD A COCKERTOO WHO IN THE WARM WEATHER USED TO BE PUT ON THE GARDEN WALL HE SWORE LIKE A TROOPER. ALTHOUGH MY MUM USED TO SAY SOMETIMES IT WAS MR JONES IN THE CHIPPING SHED BEHIND THE WALL. SHORTLY AFTER THEY MOVED INTO THE FLAT ABOVE THE SHOP ANN WAS 18 AND HER MUM AND DAD BROUGHT HER A GRANDPIANO FOR HER BIRTHDAY BUT WAT THEY HAD NUT THOUGHT OF WAS HOW THEY WOULD GET IT INTO THE FLAT. WELL THE DAY IT ARRIVED I WAS ON MY WAY TO SCHOOL WHEN A BIG DELIVERY VAN WAS OUTSIDE THE SHOP THEY WERE TRYING TO GET IT UP THE STAIRS BUT IT WAS IMPOSIBLE SO OFF I WHENT TO SCHOOL WHEN I CAME HOME AT LUNCH TIME THEY WERE TAKING OUT THE WINDOW TO GET IT IN THAT WAY STILL TRYING WHEN I WENT BACK FROM SCHOOL THEY WERE STILL TRYING. BACK HOME FOR TEA AFTER SCHOOL THEY WERE JUST MANAGING TO GET IT IN THE WINDOW AFTER TAKING OFF THE LEGS AND CANDLELABRA AND SEVERAL BIT TO GET IT IN ALL THE NIEGHBOURS HAD BEEN OUT WATCHING THIS ON AND OFF ALL DAY THEN OF COURSE THE PIANNO HAD TO BE PUT BACK TOGETHER THE TUNER CALLED TO RETUNE AND THE WINDOWS PUT BACK IN ANN HAD BEEN PICKED UP FROM WORK AND TAKEN OUT BEFORE SHE WAS ALLOWED HOME AS THE PIANO WAS A SURPRIZE AND EVERY THING HAD TO BE PUT BACK BEFORE SHE WAS ALLOWED HOME DONT KNOW HOW THEY GOT IT OUT WHEN THEY LEFT TO LIVE IN MABLETHORPE BECAUSE WE HAD ALLREADY MOVED HOUSE BY THEN. USED TO HAVE A SIXPENNY MIX FROM THERE MOST NIGHTS MANY YEARS LATER SAW MRS JONES IN MABLETHORPE AND WENT AND ASKED HER FOR A SIXPENNY MIX AND BATTER BITS PLEASE MRS JONES SHE LOOKED AT ME GONE OUT UNTILL I TOLD HER WHO I WAS I WAS 12 WHEN WE LEFT AND WAS NOW IN MY THIRTIES WITH CHILDREN OF MY OWN.

WELL HAVE NOT GOT VERY FAR BUT WILL GIVE YOU A BREAK NOW AND WRITE A BIT MORE ABOUT THE BOTTOM END OF NETHERFIELD

SOON SO NOT TO BRE YOU TOO MUCH AND I HAVE ONLY REACHED TO TOP OF THE STREET YET.

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Great stuff, Babs. So many memories. Keep it coming.

THANKS DAVE CAN YOU REMEMBER THE JONES FAMILY. THE GIRLS WERE OLDER THAN ME BUT I THINK PERHAPS A LITTLE YOUNGER THAN YOU. DID YOU REMEMBER THIS INCEDENT WHENEVER I HEAR THE RECORD RIGHT SAID FRED I THINK OF THIS AS IT CAME OUT SHORTLY AFTER THIS INCEDENT AND WE KIDS WOULD GO IN THE CHIPPY SINGING THIS SONG.MY SISTERS WERE ALL TEENAGES WHEN I WAS STILL QUITE YOUNG AND WOULD GO UP TO MEET ALL THE LADS BEFORE OR AFTER THEIR SHIFTS AT THE SHEDS I WOULD HANG ROUND THEM LIKE A BAD PENNY UNTILL ONE OF THE LADS GAVE ME SIXPENCE TO GO AND GET SOME CHIPS. WHILE I WAS GONE TO CHIPPY THEY WOULD ALL DISSAPER OF COURSE I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN BUT I DID NOT CARE I HAD GOT MY SIXPENNY MIX AND BATTER BITS OF COURSE CHIPS WITH PEAS FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DONT KNOW WHAT A MIX WAS.

IF I DID NOT GET SIXPENCE FROM ONE OF THE LADS I WOULD SOMETIMES GO IN AND TELL MRS JONES MUM HAD ASKED IF I COULD HAVE ONE TILL PAYDAY SHE ALWAYSLET ME HAVE THEM

MUM WOULD THEN PAY HER FOR THEM ON FRIDAY.BUT DERNT DO IT TOO OFTEN.

NICK THE GREEK TOOK OVER THE SHOP FROM THEN. BY THEN MY SISTER JEAN LIVED ON TRAFFIC TERRACE OR FIRST TERRACE AS WE USSUALLY CALLED IT SO WE STILL SOMETIMES USED IT UNTILL HE LEFT AND IT WAS NO LONGER A SHOP AND MY SISTER MOVED TO LIVE IN ARNOLD. WHEN THEY PULLED DOWN THE HOUSES TO MAKEWAY FOR THE NEW LOOP RD THIS TERRACE WAS ABOUT WERE LIDLE CAR PARK NOW IS. BUT MORE ABOUT THESE HOUSES LATER.

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Jones rings a bit of a bell, but I can't really remember any details about these folks.

Do remember, "Right said Fred" though. Used to sing it to my kids. We had a dog named Fred and they always thought the song was about him I think.

Knew quite a few of the guys that were apprentice loco fitters at the sheds. Some of them were in the cycling club and we hung out together quite a bit.

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Your post is always as great Babs! :)

Lovely to hear about it all...gives the feeling of having lived there at time! Keep going...keep going! :)

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Your post is always as great Babs! :)

Lovely to hear about it all...gives the feeling of having lived there at time! Keep going...keep going! :)

THANKS MARZIPAN WILL ADD A BIT MORE FOR YOU IN A LITTLE WHILE.THANKS DAVE MRS JONES HAD RED HAIR ANN WAS BLOND AND SUE WAS VERY DARK USUALLY HAD IT IN PLAITS OR IN A PONY TAIL AS IT WAS QUITE LONG..

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WELL AS PROMISED A LITTLE MORE ON THE BOTTOM END OF NETHERFIELD.

FIRST I WILL TRY AND TELL YOU SOMETHING OF THE LAY OUT OF THIS END AND THEN ADD A FEW LITTLE STORIES OF THE PEOPLE AND THE PLACES FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DID NOT KNOW THIS AREA.

AS I SAID COMMING DOWN VICTORIA RD TO THE CROSSING AS YOU CAME OVER THE CROSSING ON YOUR RIGHT WAS THE CROSSING KEEPERS HOUSE AND ONTHE LEFT WAS MRS FORDS SHOP AND THE BACK GARDEN TO NO ONE DEBIL ST WITH THE BACK GATE LEADING TO THE BACK DOOR. NEXT TO THE RAILWAY COTTAGE WAS THE ORIGINAL RAILWAY CLUB LATTER THIS BECAME THE CAROLYNE CLUB ON THE LEFT WAS DEBIL ST AND THE CHIP SHOP NEXT TO THIS IS A ROW OF ABOUT 10 HOUSES WITH ANOTHER SHOP A BEER OFF ON THE OTHER END THIS WAS ON THE CORNER OF GODFREY ST ON THE OPPOSSIT CORNER OF GODFREY ST WAS THE PAPER SHOP. NEXT TO THIS WAS A ROW OF ABOUT SIX OR SEVEN HOUSES OPPOSIT THIS ROW OF HOUSES AND GODFREY ST NEXT TO THE CLUB WAS A LONG PATH THAT TOOK THE RAILWAY MEN DOWN INTO THE SIDDINGS NEXT TO THIS WAS THE FIRST OF THE TERRACES TRAFIC TERRACE.THIS TERRACE AND THE SECOND TERRACE ORRIGINALLY ONLY HAD A BACK DOOR NO FRONT DOORS AND HAD VERY BIG BACK AND FRONT GARDENS. WHEN THE COUNCIL BROUGHT THEESE HOUSES FROM THE RAILWAY WHEN THE SIDDINGS CLOSED THEY PUT AN EXTENTION ON THE BACK TO FORM A BIGGER KITCHEN AND A BATHROOM SOMETHING THEY DID NOT HAVE BEFORE THEY ALSO PUT IN FRONT DOORS FOR SAFETY REASONS. MY SISTER LIVED AFTER THEY DID THIS IN THE VERY LAST ONE RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE RAILWAY OFFICES THIS WAS QUITE A LONG IMPRESSIVE BUILDING WITH BIG STEPS AND A PORCH IN THE MIDDLE THIS WAS WERE THE MEN WENT IN TO CLOCK ON AND OFF WITH OFFICES ON EITHER SIDE. THIS WOULD BE WERE LIDLE NOW IS. YOU ALSO WENT IN HERE WHEN THEY HAD OFFICIAL OPEN DAYS AS THE TOURS ALL STARTED FROM HERE..ON THE LEFT FROM THIS WAS THE BIG OILY POND THE ALLOTTMENTS AND WAST LANDS THAT LED TO THE DIKE THAT TOOK YOU ONE WAY INTO THE MUCK HILLS AS WE CALLED THEM OR AS SOME OF US WOULD SING WHEN THE FILM CLAMITY JANE CAME OUT TAKE ME BACK TO THE BLACK HILL I STILL OFTEN SING THIS AND IT BRINGS BACK GOOD MEMORIES OF THOSE DAYS.WERE THIS WAS THERE ARE NOW NEW HOUSES AND THE LOOP RD .FURTHER DOWN FROM THIS WAS BRASSO CLUB STILL IN THE SAME PLACE AND LOOKING VERY SIMILAR NEXT TO THIS WAS THE FOOTBALL FIELDS WITH THE MUCK HILLS BEHIND THIS THE DIKE RAN WITH HORSE FIELD AND THE RAILWAY RUNNING BEHIND THIS. OPPOSIT THIS WAS MIDLAND TERRACE OR SECOND TERRACE AS WE ALWAYS CALLED IT A ROW OF ABOUT 12 OR SO HOUSES VERY MUCH THE SAME AS THE FIRST TERRACE THE END HOUSE WERE THE BROWNLOWS LIVED HAD AN EXTRA TRIANGLE OF LAND MR BROWNLOW USED AS A ALLOTMENT. THE PATH ON THIS SIDE LED YOU DOWN TO THE RAILWAY FOOTBRIDGE AND THE PATH TO TRENT FIELDS UT BEFORE YOU GO THER IT WAS PERHAPS 500 YARDS OF FENCING MADE OF RAILWAY SLEEPERS NEVER LIKED THIS BIT ONCE IT GOT DARK IF I WAS ON MY OWN OPPOSIT THIS WAS THE WHITE HOUSE ORRIGINALY THE RAILWAY MANAGERS HOUSE A LOVELY BIG HOUSE THE MANAGERS WIFE LIVED IN THIS HOUSE UNTILL SHE DIED THERE WAS LOTS OF FRUIT TREES IN THE BIG GARDEN HENCE MY SCRUMMPING STORY THIS LADY WAS ALSO KNOW LOCALY AS THE GREY WITCH OR THE GREY GHOAST. BEYOND THIS WAS THE THIRD TERRACE LONDON NORTH WESTERN OR L.N.W. TERRACETHIS TERRACE WAS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS AS THIS HAD ABOUT 24 HOUSE IN IT THAT RAN IN AN L SHAPE AND ONLY ONE GARDEN RUNNING ONE SIDE IN THE FRONT AND ON THE OTHER PART OF THE L AT THE BACK,THESE HOUSES ALWAYS HAD FRONT DOORS BUT AS THE RD RAN ROUND THE BACKS AND ONLY A FOOTPATH AT THE FRONT MOST PEOPLE USED THE BACK DOORS MY SISTER KATH LIVED ON HERE NO 16 I THINK UNTIL SHE MOVED TO ARNOLD . BEYOND THIS THERE WAS A FACTORY I THINK THIS WAS CASTLE ENGINEERING AND MORE ALLOTMENTS NEXT TO THE RAILWAY LINE AT THE SIDE OF THE PATH LEADING TO THE PONDS THIS OF COURSE WAS THE END OF NETHERFIELD ITSELF.

DEBIL AND GODFREY STREETS RAN PITY MUCH PARRALEL TO ONE ANOTHER FROM VICTORIA RD TO THE RAILWAY LINE WITH ONE SMALL ST NEAR THE BOTTOM END NORMAN ST CONNECTING THE TWO STREETSON ONE CORNER ON DEBIL ST WAS A SMALL SHOP.GOING DOWN THE ST FROM VICTORIA RD WERE FOUR QUITE LARGE HOUSES ON THE RIGHT THEN ETHEL GROVE WERE I LIVED. ON THE LEFT WERE SIX HOUSES THEN THE TERACED HOUSES STARTED THESE CARRIED ON DOWN THE ST UNTIL YOU GOT TO NORMAN ST WITH LITTLE ENTRYS IN BETWEEN THE HOUSES ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE AS WELL AS THE SMALLER ROWS OF SIMILAR HOUSES WERE THREE SMALL STREETS EACH ABOUT HALF THE SIZE OF DEBIL ST..

AS THIS END OF NETHERFIELD WAS BETWEEN RAILWAY LINES AND THE RIVER YOU MIGHT BEGIN TO REALIZE WHY I SAY IT OFTEN FELT LIKE A VILLAGE ON ITS OWN NOT PART OF THE REST OF NETHERFIELD..

WELL I WILL LEAVE IT THERE FOR NOW AS I AM GETTING TIRED AND MY HANDS ARE HURTING WITH ALL THIS TYPING BUT HOPE THIS WILL START TO PAINT A PICTURE FOR THOSE WHO DONT KNOW THE AREA AND THE MEMORIES FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DO AND HOPE IHAVE NOT BORED YOU TOO MUCH.

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Nice one Babs, lived for a short while in Netherfield Mid 90's

In laws lived there Mid 70's. Know it well

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DEBIL ST AND ITS SURROUNDING AREA AGAIN

THIS END OF NETHERFIELD HAD A VERY CLOSE COMMUNITY FEEL MOST PEOPLE KNEW YOU AND YOU KNEW THEM SO IN THE MANE IF YOU GOT UP TO THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO YOUR PARENTS SOON GOT TO KNOW ABOUT IT AS SARGENT ELKES KEEPPING AN EYE ON YOU BUT ONLY GOT INTO TROUBLE WITH HIM ONCE AND HE DID NOT COME TO THE HOUSE SO IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN THAT BAD OR HE WOULD SOON HAVE BEEN THERE. HAD BEEN DOWN THE FIELDS WITH SOME OF THE LADS ABOUT 9YRS OLD AT THE TIME WE CAME BACK HOME VIA THE MAGGOTT FACTORY TRENT CONGREETE AND DECIDED TO PLAY MOUNTAIN CLIMBING ON THE STONES AND WALKING ALONG THE CONVEYER BELTS OK IT WAS A BIT STUPID AND DANGEROUS IN HIND SITE BUT YOU DONT SEE THE DANGERS WHEN YOUR A KID AND OF COURSE WHO CAME DOWN IN HIS CAR TO TAKE HIS DOG FOR A WALK BUT ELKS GOT OUT AND GAVE US ALL A LECTURE SAID HE WOULD COME AND SEE OUR PARENTS LATER BUT NEVER DID MORE TO FRIEGHTEN US I THINK BUT DID THE TRICK WITH ME AS I NEVER DID THAT AGAIN.AND I KNEW THAT MY DAD WOULD NOT BE HAPPY WITH ME MY DAD WAS EASY GOING BUT LIKE MOST PARENTS DID NOT LIKE THE POLICE AT THE DOOR ESSPECIALLY IF IT WAS ONE OF US GIRLS MUM ON THE OTHER HAND WOULD HAVE BLAMED ME ANY WAY WOULD HAVE SAID I SOULD HAVE HAD MORE SENCE THAN DO THIS ANYWAY AS I WAS A GIRL . AND SHOULD BE PLAYING WITH GIRLS NOT OFF CLIMBING AND GOD KNOWS WHAT WITH THE LADS BUT I SPENT MUCH OF MY YOUNGER LIFE WITH THE BOYS MUCH MORE FUN AND NOT MANY WOULD RUN OFF CRYING TO THERE MUMS IF WE HAD A BIT OF A FALL OUT OR ENDED UP IN A FIGHT WITH ME OR ONE OF THE OTHER LADS. COME TO THINK OF IT I HAVE ALWAYS GOT ON BETTER WITH THE GUYS THAN GELS WITHE THE EXCEPTION OF A FEW CLOSE GIRL FRIENDS I WAS ALWAYS WITH THE LADS OF COURSE IN MY TEENS AND TWENTIES TILL I GOT MARRIED IT WOULD BE FOR DIFFERENT REASONS BUT THEY SOON GOT TOLD WERE TO GO. THE BEST ONES WERE THE ONES WHO WHEN I WAS IN JUNIOR SCHOOL WOULD NOT EVEN TALK TO ME BECAUSE I DID NOT ALWAYS HAVE THE BEST OF CLOTHS AND HAVING NO BATHROOMS YOU ONLY GOT A BATH AND WASHED HAIR ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK AND GETTING UP TO THE THINGS I DID WAS OFTEN DIRTY AND I WAS ALWAYS RIPPING MY DRESSES NO JEANS OR GIRLS TROUSERS IN THEM DAYS MORES THE PITY GIRLS WERE SUPPOSED TO WEAR PRETY CLOTHES AND BE CLEAN AND TIDY SORRY THIS WAS NOT ME STILL IS NOT ME MAKE AN EFFORT IF I AM GOING ANY WERE SPECIAL THOUGH BUT STILL DO NOT WEAR MAKEUP AND HAVE MY HAIR DONE ALL THE TIME LIKE MANY OF THE WOMEN I KNOW ITS STILL TAKE ME AS YOU FIND ME LIKE IT OR LUMP IT I DONT CARE I AM HAPPY AS I AM THANK YOU.. BUT ONCE WE MOVED HOUSE AND HAD A BATHROOM AND PLENTY OF HOT WATER I STARTED HAVING A BATH AND WASHING MY HAIR ALMOST EVERY DAY AND WAS BEGINING TO BUY MYSELF A FEW NICE TRENDY CLOTHES FROM PAPER ROUND MONEY AND BABY SITTING MONEY, AND THING BECAME A BIT DIFFERENT THE LADS WHO DID NOT WANT TO KNOW YOU WERE THE ONES WHO DID NOT RECOGNIZE ME AND WERE SOON ASKING ME OUT BUT I WOULD NEVER GO OUT WITH ANY OF THEM AND WHEN ASKED WHY I WOULD TELL THEM IF YOU DID NOT LIKE ME THEN YOU DONT LIKE ME NOW I AM STILL THE SAME PERSON INSIDE AND YOUR STILL THE SAME PERSON NOT WORTH GOING OUT WITH ALTHOUGH SOME WERE REALLY NICE LOOKING LADS AS THEY GOT OLDER BUT I WONT MENTION ANY NAMES.ALTHOUGH I LATTER GOT ON QUITE WELL WITH SOME OF THESE LADS WOULD NEVER GO OUT WITH THEM AND THEY KNEW IT. PERHAPS THIS IS WHY I GOT ON SO WELL WITH THEM THEY WERE MATES NOT PROTENCIAL BOYFRIENDS BUT THE GIRLS DID NOT ALWAYS SEE IT THIS WAY HAD FEW DISA GREMENTS WITH ONE OR TWO OF THERE GIRLFRIEND FROM TIME TO TIME..

GOT TO STOP NOW FOR A WHILE AS MY HANDS ARE HURTING ME.WILL ADD MORE SOON MARZIPAN.

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Never boring to read all your post Bab's....it's really great! I love it!!

Just take care of yourself!

xox

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DEABILL ST AGAIN THE FOLLOWUP .

NO ONE WAS QUITE A BIG HOUSE TO ME STOOD ON A TRIAGLE OF LAND ON THE CORNER OF DEABIL AND VICTORIA AND WAS ALWAYS PAINTED WHITE THE EXTENTION RIGHT ON THE CORNER ALTHOUGH ORRIGINALLY PART OF THE HOUSE WAS A BOOKIES SHOP PERHAPS THE FIRST LEGAL ONE IN NETHERFIELD BEFORE THIS I REMEMBER THERE WAS A MODLE RAILWAY IN THIS ROOM CARNT REMEMBER ANY CHILDREN IN THIS HOUSE AT THE TIME SO MUST HAVE BELONG TO THE MAN WHO LIVED AND I PRESUME OWNED THIS HOUSE MOST OF THE MEN WHO LIVED AT THIS END OF NETHERFIELD WORKED ON THE RAILWAY OR AT BOURNES TEXTILES LATER TO BECOME PART OF JERJEY KAPWOODS BUT ALWAYS CALLED BOURNS BY THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN NETHERFIELD IN THE WEEK BEFORE BONFIRE NIGHT WE WOULD TAKE OUR GUYS AND SIT UP ON THE WALL OF THE CLUB WITH THE GUYS ON THE FLORE ASKING FOR OUR PENNYS FOR THE GUY BECAUSE WE WERE SO CLOSE TO WERE THE MEN CAME OF SHIFT FROM THE SHEDS WE ALWAYS GOT PLENTY OF MONEY TOWARDS OUR FIREWORKS TOFFEE APPLES BONFIRE TOFFEE HOT PEAS HOT DOGS ECT . MORE ABOUT THIS LATER .

NEXT DOOR WAS NO 3 WAS MR AND MRS WILSON I THINKS HIS NAME WAS JOHN AND HE WAS QUITE A BIG MAN WITH VERY RED CHEEKS SHE WAS A SMALL LADY WITH VERY DARK HAIR NEXT DOOR NO 5 WAY MR AND MRS YORK TWO SONS JOHN AND STEPHEN DAUGHTER JUNE WHO WAS IN LOPPY LUGS CLASS AND A FRIEND OF MY SISTER KATH KPNUTS. NEXT AT NO 7 WAS MISS COCA DONT NKOW HOW IT WAS SPELT BUT THATS HOW IT WAS PRONOUNCED AN ELDERLY LADY WHO LIVED ON HER OWN THE BACK GARDENDS IN THESE HOUSES WERE QUITE LARGE AND BOTH SHE AND MR YORK GREW FRUIT AND VEG IN THEM MISS COCA HAD LOTS OF BLACK BERRIIES ON THE WALL THAT DEVIDED HER GARDEN FROM OUR SIDE OF ETHEL GROVE NEXT AS YOU CAME DOWN THE STREET SHE ALSO ALWAYS GREW STRABERRIES AND RASPBERRIES IN HER GARDEN AND WHEN THEY WERE RIPE SHE WOULD ALWAYS SHOUT FOR US TO COME AND HELP HER PICK THEM SHE WOULD TAKE WHAT SHE COULD USE FOR HERSELF AND GIVE US THE REST AND MUM WOULD GET CREAM FROM CHARLIE JENISON THE MILK MAN AS MENTIONED IN DOGGIES TREADAND WE WOULD HAVE FRESH STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM . SOMETIME SHE WOULD MAKE PIES WITH THEM MUM WAS A GOOD PASTRY COOK POSSIBLY BECAUSE SHE ALWAYS HAD COLD HANDS EVEN IN THE SOMER NEVER HAD A PAIR OF SCALES OR A ROLLING PIN EITHER GUESSED THE WEIGHT AND USED A MILK BOTTLE TO ROLL OUT THE PASTRY. ALWAYS ALSO USED HALF LARD AND HALF HARD MARGE NO SPREADABLE MARGE IN THEM DAYS. WOULD BUY TEN POUND BAGS OF FLOUR AT A TIME AS SHE DID A LOT OF BAKING NOT JUST FOR OUR FAMILY BUT FOR SOME OF THE NIGHBOURS AS WELL SPECIALLY MINCE PIES AND JAM OR LEMON CURD TARTS AT CHRISTMAS TIME. MUM WAS QUITE A GOOK COOK AND CARNT EVER REMEMBER GOING HUNGRY EVEN WHEN THINGS WERE REALY TIGHT WE ALWAYS HAD PLENTY OF FOOD MIGHT HAVE BEEN BASIC BUT WAS ALWAYS TASTY AND NUTRICIOUS..AS I SAID OUR TERRACE WAS NEXT TO MISS COCAS HOUSE MY MUM HAD LIVED ALL HER LIFE IN ETHEL GROVE FROM HER BIRTH IN 1915 UNTILL 1962 WHEN THEY WERE PULLED DOWN SHE SAID MISS COCA HAD ALWAYS LIVED THERE ALL HER LIVE WITH HER PARENTS WHEN MUM WAS A LITTLE GIRL I SUPPOSE MISS COCA WOULD HAVE BEEN SEVENTY OR EIGHTY YEARS OLD BY THE TIME WE LEFT MUM SAID SOMETHING ABOUT HER BOYFRIEND BEING KILLED IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR AND SHE NEVER MARRIED OR HAD CHILDREN AS FAR AS I KNOWWE ALWAYS CALLED HER MISS COCA ANYWAYS OUR BACK YARD ENTRY WAS NEXT DOOR TO HER HOUSE WITH A HIGH WALL AND MRS BRIGGS HOUSE BEING AT THE END ONTO THE ST WITH A SMALLER WALL TO THE FRONT YARDS OR GARDENS AS THEY WERE CALLED THEN THE ENTRY TO BOTH LOTTS OF FRONT GARDENS WITH THE SAME SMALLER WALL AND MRS SMITHS HOUSE ON THE OPPOSIT SIDE OF ETHEL GROVE MANY OF THESE FRONT YARDS WERE SUROUNDED BY LARGE PRIVIT HEDGES AND SOME PEOPLE NEVER DID CUT THEM SO THIS ENTRY WAS NOT USED VERY OFTEN BUT MADE A GREAT HIDDING PLACE FOR PLAYING THINGS LIKE HIDE AND SEEK OR ONE OF THE NAUGHTY GAMES GHOST KNOCKING FOR THOSE THAT DO KNOT KNOW THIS IS WERE YOU TIE COTTON ONTO DOOR KNOCKERS THEN RU OF LOADS OF COTTON INTO THE ENTRY AND DO THE SAME ON SEVERAL HOUSES HIDE AND THEN PULL THEM UNTILL THE KNOCKER COMES UP THE COTTON BREAKES AND THE DOORS ALL GET KNOCKED ON AT THE SAME TIME AND ALL THE PEOPLE WOULD COME TO THE DOOR AT THE SAME TIME BY THE TIME THEY GOT THERE ALL THE LONG PIECES OF COTTEN HAD DISSAPEARED AND THEY COULD NOT SEE US SOMETIMES WE WOULD ALREADY BE IN SOMEONES HOUSE THE COTTON HAVING GONE ON THE FIRE BEFORE THE PARENTS SAW IT NAUGHTY I SUPPOSE BUT FUN AT THE TIME. I REMEMBER WHEN MY TWO ELDER SISTERS GOT MARRIED DAD CUT ALL THE HEDGES ALONG THE ENTRY SO WE DID NOT SPOIL OUR DRESSES BEFORE WE GOT TO THE CHURCH WE DID NOT USE OUR FRONT DOOR MUCH APART FROM WEDDINGS PARTY AND THE ODD FUNERAL DAD WOULD ALWAYS CUT ALL THE HEDGES IF THERE WAS A WEDDING OR A FUNERAL ON THE TERRACE SO IT WAS EASY TO GET UP AND DOWN AFTER MRS SMITHS HOUSE CAME THE BACK ENTRY TO THAT SIDE OF THE TERRACE THEN CAME A BLOCK OF ABOUGHT 8 HOUSES BEFORE THE FIRST SIDE ST COOPER ST THE SMITHS THE BRIGHTMANS THE REDFERNS WERE SOME OF THE FAMILIES THAT LIVED IN THIS LITTLE BLOCK MOST OF THESE FAMMILIES ONLY HAD ONE OR TWO CHILDREN LIVING IN THEM PAT RAYNOR WAS ANOTHER OF THESE FAMILIES. .

WILL FINISH HER FOR NOW AND ADD TO IT SOON.

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If I remember rightly, Babs. The guy with the model railway at the top of Deabill street was known as "Knobby" Clark. Not sure if he was on the railway or a policeman. Always liked to try to look in there on the way home from school to see if it was running.

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My Gran used to live right at the bottom of Lindon Grove for a few years, bottom right house. Next door to her was a gentleman who built his own scale model steam locos with ride on rolling stock. He had rails laid around his back garden.

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As a child I lived in Devonshire Cottages,these were on the right as you went down Dunstan St,the last time I looked it was a car park.

I spent most of the summer holidays fishing the ponds mainly the L shape and staying there days at a time only returning home when I needed feeding,no need for mum to call the police. At the age of 17 started work at Lonnies as a printers assistant,lived in Colwick now for the last 25 years so Netho is just up the road. smile2

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Ayup and welcome Stanley1706.

Loads more of us from that locale on here so plod through the archives and feel free to post your own memories (or add to ours).

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May actually be "Graham Read's"

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Last time I was in Netherfield was back in 1997. Reed's bike shop had grown pretty big if I remember rightly. Got my first bike there in the late 50s. Always liked him.

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Thats amazing, he certainly must have kept his customers happy. I was talking about 1966 when i remembered the shop.

GRAHAM READ STARTED HIS EMPIRE IN THE BACK PART OF THE INDIA TEA COMPANY SHOP BACK IN THE FIFTIES REPAIRING BIKES AND SELLING SECONDHAND BIKES BEFORE GRADUALY EXPANDING TO THE WHOLE BLOCK OF SHOPS BY THE SEVENTIES THINK HE SOLD UP AND RETIRED IN THE LATE NINETIES. LIVED NETHO FIRST 12 YEARS OF MY LIFE 1950S EARLY 60S KNEW DEVONSHIRE CTTAGES WELL . DID YOU GO TO ASWELL ST SCHOOL STANLEY. I DID AND THEN ON TO CARLTON GIRLS SCHOOL STATION RD MOVED TO CAVENDISH RD CARLTON FROM NETHO TILL I GOT MARRIED IN 72. SPENT MANY A HAPPY HOUR DOWN THE FIELDS DURING THIS TIME OFTEN JUST ME AND OUR DOG KIM BUT NEVER WAS WORRIED OR FRIEGHTENDED OF BEING DOWN THERE ON MY OWN , OR WITH THE LOCAL LADS FISHING IN THE PONDS OR THE RIVER.

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So many memories thanks guys :)) me gramma lived down Bourne street and it backed on to the Bourne factory ..I remember the noise at night when trying to sleep :(( I have a pic of the tall chimney being blown up when they knocked it all down .shops like the sweet shop at top of Bourne street and a hardware shop next to the cafe ..the fish shop ..morrisons food shop(not the big morrisons we all know ) toy shop and green grocers that had this potato Shoot that had loads of spuds tumbling out of it and the butcher a bit further along where on a thurs/fri we would look at the beef joints in the window trying to pick the best one for Sunday and hope it would still be on display sat morning when ya did ya weekend shop ..going in the pork farm shop hoping he would have a new ham on the bone on the counter ..the fords clothing/toy shop clarkes corner and the beer off further down that we used to get sweets from with me grandad late at night :))

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