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Was forester street called Pretty Window street? I believe there was a fish and chip shop on there.

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Welcome to Nottstalgia, Neville B. I look forward to sharing your memories.. hellothere

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hi nev and welcome to the site of couse you know me well and my family clemo kid here babs hopefully see you at reble rally again this year.

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karlton i think it was canavon st that was called pritty windows st.

as you know nevi remember your mum aunty mable as we always called her.and your joan well.remember joan making our bridesmaids dresses for us when our pauleen got married. she had to make mine again when paulines boyfriend broke his leg playing football and they had to postpone the wedding as he was in hospital and of course i had grown out of mine and joan had to make me another wfen they got marrid the next yrar.

as you say nev unless you really knew old nevo and its peopleyou will never realy understandhow we felt about it i know my mum was never the samewhen she had to keave the only home she had ever /known

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Was there a pub at the end of Victoria road called carolines?or I might have got the name wrong,anyway my husbands sister used to run it ,don't know if the building is still there.

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Yes there was. If you put "Caroline" in the Search box at the top of the page you'll find quite a few references to it in various Nottstalgia threads. It's the building on the right of this photo. It was still there a couple of years ago, but I don't know if it's still there now.

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Damn good picture there Cliff I remember walking to work at the railway on nights seeing the local bobby in the signal box, no doubt having a chat and a cuppa wi the signalman. Thanks for that cliff.

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In my teens my Mum used to take me to a bargain denim place for jeans,

'Double Denim' I know!!- this was @ mid seventies. Someplace in Neddo Anyroad.

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Used to catch a train at Netherfield for work in Loughborough. It seemed so easy then. Lived up the road on Park Rd.

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A fellow work mate & train spotter was a signalman at Netherfield Lane (mid 60s)

Carry on down the road for Colwick Loco & Yard

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We used to go to the Wrangler shop at Calverton Ian. Probably the same place. Chris had loads of shirts over the years. He had a wardrobe sort out one day and sent at least thirty to the Charity shop. He instantly regretted it. At one time it was the only place we bought our jeans from.

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This Netherfield company made the bodies for the Lotus Elan.bourne_s.jpg Bourne Plastics.1_USE_Untitled_s.jpgpress clippings.PIC_174_Bourne_NEP_9_oct_1962_s.jpg1973.PIC_176_Bourne_NEP_3_jan_1973_s.jpg

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They also made Skipper and GRP sailing dinghies. They moved to Langar where they made a few much larger motor cruisers. I had A 35’ Bourne cruiser called Sybaris which I bought from Roger Pearce who owned Brownhills. It was a very sold craft with twin Ford Sabre diesels and a Sherpa van engine which powered the generator. There were teak laid decks all round. It must have cost a fortune when new. I believe it now resides in a marina at the Isle of White. 

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On 3/29/2008 at 10:46 AM, denshaw said:

A mate of mine moved to Dunstan st late sixties (no 125). I remember Pearl who lived a few doors away and Elaine Blood who live the other end of Dunstan st. We used to go to the fair on Victoria road and fishing down at the old gravel pits/lakes. If the wind was in the wrong direction there was a nasty smell, was it from Stoke Bardolph or a maggot farm near the river?

Den

We also used to play in the gravel pits - usually building rafts etc.

also, there was an old 'bogie' truck, that we rode through the tunnel, from the works, to the pits.

When I last visited Nottingham, I took my Son to see where I played.  Alas the tunnel can't be accessed now,,,, but the maggot factory is still there !! and still stinks !!

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On 3/29/2008 at 3:59 PM, loppylugs said:

Good to hear from y'all.

There were at least three sources of pretty bad smells as I remember.

The sewage farm at Stoke. The maggot factory, although never noticed that one too bad. In the fall the sugar beet factory. Not exactly a bad smell just sort of sickly sweet I guess. Me mam always used to say it was going to rain when that smell came and it usually did. West wind I suppose.

Netherfield was once a pretty good industrial center. Bournes factory, Staffords the Printers, and the loco were some the major employers. Last time I was there Bournes had gone, replaced by houses and the loco was gone back in the seventies. I have some 8mm movies that I took a few years ago of the area. I'll have to get them transferred to digital then I can post them one of these days.

Served my apprenticeship at Clarks of Netherfield in the early sixties. He had a store on the corner of Meadow Road and Victoria road. Joe Clark and his store are now long gone. Last time I was there in the late 90s it was a travel agent I think.

Not sure why anyone would call it the swamp. It is low lying relative to the trent but we never got flooded in my years there.

Hard to think about that church, Chrissy. You know how it is when you are kid. It is like things have always been there and always will be there. Comes as a shock when you go back after many years away and they are long gone.

There were a lot of Methodist churches for such a small area when I was a kid. The Wesleyan Methodist on Victoria road was replaced by a petrol station while I still lived in the UK. Then there was one on Ashwell street.

As I understand it John Wesley (Founder of the Methodist church) went through that way in the 1700s and a lot of people got converted. I guess as they died off and industry changed so did the community but they were nice buildings in their day and could probably seat about 400 each.

So where is the labor exchange now? Probably Nottingham I would guess. Never actually went in the place always had a job.

When I was a kid my dad used to take me for a walk alongside the railyards which led into some fields. There was a railway bridge over the Trent where some used to swing on a rope from the bridge and drop into the river for a swim. Probably built up down to the river now I would think?

My folks often used to walk that way on Saturday night, past the Trent Lock and on to the Ferry Boat in at Stoke Bardolph. I used to get left outside with an orange juice while they went in for the beer. Actually ran into Benny Hill down there one night. I guess he was appearing at the Empire and had gone down there for a couple after the show.

Dave

We also spent many, many hours outside the Ferry Boat. Usually my Dad was so strict about where we played, but down there, we were left to our own devices for an hour or so.

Obviously very dangerous,,,, railway lines,,,, River Trent,,,, Main Road etc etc.  There was a kids park on the corner of the main road, with conker trees.

Great great times

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On 11/19/2008 at 10:38 AM, Notts Lad oop North said:

I used to live in Carlton ( Douglas Ave) but we were very near Netherfield and for the best part of 7 years ( 64-71) I used to transit through Netherfield on my way to the dreadful Carlton Le Willows Grammar School. I have a lot of memories of the place and this thread has brought back a few. We used to get the "smells" even in Carlton but the sewage works was the biggest culprit esp in summer. If I recall there was also a company called "Bitterlings" at Stoke Bardolph and it was responsible for the very worst smells. The Maggot factory? Yep I recall that down the track past Hoveringham gravels big pile of conveyors - went in there a couple of times at night - disgusting and rats there were even bigger than cats. If you walked down through Netherfield heading for Colwick Shed you came to a railway crossing (still there) On the right hand side here before the crossing was a small empty field and this was the site for a small annual fair in the mid / late 1960's

If you kept on walking you came to Colwick Loco shed on the left. Keep on walking and you followed a path taking you down the side of Colwick loco yard. Eventually you came to a signal box where you could cross the lines near Trent Concrete. But if you kept walking you entered a kind of underpass taking you through the loco yards and eventually you went through a small tunnel and emerged into what for us kids was some magical place. It was actually a gravel pit with lots of small ponds and lagoons with one great big one. So we called it Trent Ponds. Very few people went here. A fishing club had fishing rights but most of the time the wildlife was left to it. The ponds were sadly obliterated in the 1990's to make two gigantic slurry lagoons but there is one of the original lagoons left - the big one near the Trent and its the flat one - those behind the big earth banks are modern creations.

We used to climb up inside the railway bridge over the Trent and doing this we could get to the first arch but no further. We did discover a trap door which opened out directly under one of the railway tracks. We later used this trapdoor to "escape" over the Trent and we went off exploring Holme Pierrepoint gravel pits as they were before they became the famous facility there today. On a recent visit I noticed that the old timbers under this bridge have been replaced by concrete beams so you cannot climb inside this bridge anymore. Probably just as well. Looking back its amazing that I survived some of the daft capers I got involved with.( I nearly drowned in Attenborough Nature Reserve but thats another story.)

Another place I recall in Netherfield was a small factory very close to the main shops. A rumour went round that buried gems were to be found in the ground in front of it. All you had to do was dig down in the grey clay but you had to be careful you didnt get caught. So one summers night three of us took a chance, jumped over the fence armed with nothing more than pointed sticks and raced over some rough ground. We started to scrape away and sure enough below the long grass we found grey clay. Soon enough we all started finding gemstones! These were very small and I found a blue one and a red one. They were not polished or shiny and looked just like rough and real gemstones. Suddenly we heard a shout so we shot off. We never went back and to this day I dont know what on earth we were digging up. Years later I would learn that gemstones really can be found in clay - so what on earth was going on on Netherfield all those years ago?

I used to frequent some of the shops esp the main ones near the railway inc the newsagent. I used to buy maggots for fishing with from a petshop down a side street and later bought a number of birds for my garden shed aviary.

I have many happy memories of Netherfield / Colwick as it was my playground growing up in the mid / late 1960's. It was simply a great place to be then and I wouldnt have wanted to have grown up anywhere else! Happy Days!

I'd be surprised if we don't know each other.  We used to play in the exact same places - although the tunnel under the train lines at rails through it, and we rode a 'bogie' truck through it, to the pits.

As to scrambling through the bridge, if you look at the first stantion, you can see a piece of it missing.  I was standing on that very corner, when it just fell away into the river.  Don't know why - I wasn't that heavy.  If the granite was faulty, it would have gone by now.

Happy happy memories.

Baz

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On 11/19/2008 at 5:45 PM, Beefsteak said:

Righty oh off we go

The annual fair was held in Jackie Bells Field next to the Railway Pub (Nick named to this day Jackie Bells), it later moved to the top of Marhill Road , Carlton, in the old scrap yard.

The ponds were owned by the "Nott's anglers association " and later sold to Gedling Pits fishing club.

On the Island in the middle were a pair of Mute Swans , I think you are thinking of when the Roseate Terns bred there for a few years.(Very rare)

Now the world of weird coincidence.... When you nearly fell off the bridge Bazzer do you recall a young lad fishing from the railings on the bank ?? I remember someone nearly falling in when a lump of stone fell off whist I was down there one day in the early 70s!!! It must be a coincidence but it would be nice to think our paths crossed before 6th November just gone .!!

I can't help re the Gemstones I'm afraid.

RE the telephone box at the top of Douglas Ave , I'm pretty sure it's mentioned elsewhere on here , I may be wrong and read it elsewhere, but the reason it could be tapped was something to do with the Electrical place next door

Hiya mate,  I'm glad we met up on your visit.

I've been down here since 1970, so the lad you saw must be someone else (wow, if much more stone falls off, there'll be nothing to hold the bridge up !?)  I reckon we were there around 1960, to 66 ish.

All those type (and earlier) boxes could be tapped.  I reckon the exchange used to count clicks,,,, so the tapping made the clicks.

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On 8/31/2010 at 1:31 PM, Ayupmeducks said:

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.

I also lived on Linden Grove - about 1968/9, just after getting married.

It was there that I took my pet bear home. My new missus wouldn't let me in !!!

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