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The "Skool" referred to is the Old Ragged School set up in the 1800s,I believe, to help educate the really poor people of the area.

The Bath Street Flats, when I was a child, were residential.

As kids we were always told that mad, old people lived there.

I went to Victoria Primary school ( next door) as did my younger sister and 4 younger brothers. Headmistress..the marvellous Miss Hollinshead.

We all learned to swim at the Viccy Baths..as did our father. The Oval Pool was wonderful and quite unique.

And yes the big pool was called The Exhibition Pool.

We lived on Lamartine Street...on maps of the Late 1800s early 1900s we were actually on East Lamartine Street..the lower end nearer tonRobin Hood Street.

The asylum, as previously mentioned

, was on or near where King Edward Park is now.

Daykeyne Street was where the Oliver Hind club and Boys boxing club was.

Does anyone know wher exactly was Ford Street St. Mary? Running between st. Ann's well road and Plantagenet street?

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It's a great shame that the "so called planners" removed almost everything that they thought grubby and old fashioned. I'll bet they would be kicking themselves now. Drury Hill and the Bath Street wash-house would have been a great tourist attraction if kept and "refurbed" in some way. The council said it was too expensive to do..but they just wanted it gone. I know we have to have progress but there is a limit to what should be pulled down and destroyed without proper consideration.

My mum used the wash house..and trundled the damp washing home to hang on the line, or in front of the fire. and used the Vic baths for bathing as we had no running hot water, had an outside toilet, no bathroom and a coal fire in the back room. We kids swam nearly every day at the Vic Baths..so were able to be clean most if the time.

We were overjoyed when dad had a gas fire installed in the front room.Magic!

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Does anyone know where exactly was Ford Street St. Mary? Running between st. Ann's well road and Plantagenet street?

It was actually between St Ann's Well Road and Turner Street, crossing Plantagenet Street.

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I was born in Dennet St. Moved to Wilford after the war 1945. Became very ill with TB. Spent many yrs in City hospital. Left there in 1952 .Went to a special school in Sussex. Summer holidays were spent with my Gran ( Florrie Morris ) in Ford St Mary. Left there in 1956. Never went back to live there. In the holidays I spent most of my time walking around Nottm, I still remember the names of lots of streets. Even though I am 74 yrs old, I'm still a Nottingham lad at heart !!

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Unfortunately the Bath Street Flats were used for people after spending time in Mapperley and they had very little support after things like intensive ECT treatment - so it wasnt the best place for them. Sometimes it meant people were there who were in a very bad place both mentally and physically hopefully that's not the case anymore - I like to think we have moved on....

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Victoria Baths,i often visited of an evening with Bob who drove for Dennis & Roberts to the wrestling bouts: Bad Boy Bobby Barnes,Kendo,Adrian Streets,Pat Roach,Mick McManus were great entertainment.. the brolly and handbag ladies got very involved,World of Sport filmed once,Les Kellet was a favourite.. as his bouts looked less orchestrated.

Bob would take me for saveloy's and chips afterwards at Greyfriars- different times then.

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Back in the Seventies, I was a visiting officer for what was then the DHSS.  I dealt with benefit claims and National Insurance.

 

On occasion, I had to visit claimants in Victoria Buildings.  At that time, they housed a lot of less fortunate people, including people who had lived on the streets, prior to being put in there.
The flats were tiny and there were no lifts, just lots of stairs.  It was quite scary visiting there, both the building and a lot of the tenants, many of whom had drug and alcohol problems.

A few years later, they were 'done up' and marketed as bijou city residences.

 

Wish I had been such a keen photographer back then as I am now.  I also covered the Meadows, as it was being demolished and the ugly 'new' houses being built.

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As a lad that lived in st Anne's, I even went to the nursery at the top of bath st park ( not by my self ) and growing up used to play on the park. As I remember, park view flats, as it is now, was the old workhouses. If it was an asylum, it would have been a long time before my time.

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