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Used to be The Friar Tuck Cafe when I used to get a bus to Watnall in the 70's. Have fond memories of Mount St, as the bus drivers would wait for me if my train was late getting in from Leicester.

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Yes Mick, the entrance to the Casino is roughly where the entrance to the shopping arcade was. You walked through the arcade (which never had any shops in it) to get to the bus station.

Were there Brentford Nylons and Green Shield Stamps shops somewhere around there?

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Used to be The Friar Tuck Cafe when I used to get a bus to Watnall in the 70's. Have fond memories of Mount St, as the bus drivers would wait for me if my train was late getting in from Leicester.

Yes indeed, I'd totally forgotten about the Friar Tuck Cafe!

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There was also a Kebab shop on the front early 80s.

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Mount Street was indeed a curious bus station.

I used it a lot because the E8 (and later F5) would run from there.

I have vague memories of the original bus station which was a strange affair because it was built on various levels ascending up the hill. (I think Cliff posted some interesting pictures of both the old and new Mount Street).

I believe the original bus station was demolished in 1968 to be replaced by the concrete structure which was meant to be a big retail venture but never had any shops in it. The newsagent/tobacconist that somebody mentioned was actually in the subway under Maid Marion Way (with Frank Jelly serving).

Not that any of the current city bus stations are any better: Broad Marsh or Vic centre.

I can't remember when they actually gave up on the bus station and turned it into a casino.

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Mount Street was indeed a curious bus station.

(I think Cliff posted some interesting pictures of both the old and new Mount Street).

Indeed I did. Check back at Posts #3 and 12 in this thread

Were there Brentford Nylons and Green Shield Stamps shops somewhere around there?

Yes Stu, although a bit further along. You can just about see the name of Green Shield above the store in this photo

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And the best I can find of the entrance to the shopping arcade/bus station

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I think Brentford Nylons was roughly where Mem Sab is now, I seem to remember a frozen food or fridge shop being at the entrance to Mount street bus station, on the left side possibly Bejam or Iceland. This would be mid 70s

In the photo posted by Cliff you can see an old tesco store, this is now a tesco express. Tesco must have owned the building for years, as 1 of the reasons the tales of Robin Hood failed was the high rent charged by Tesco.

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Maybe they wanted them out?

Robbin Barstads!

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Tales of Robin Hood, another load of twaddle from a council that allowed the demolition of Mediaeval streets from the town to the Castle, to be replaced with these concrete monstrosities.Those same streets with careful preservation of the buildings and conversion of some of them into Olde Worlde shops (without ruining the structure) could have become a tourist magnet.

If they wanted to build these concrete blocks they could have chosen Sneinton which still is a commercial desert that they don't know what to do with.

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Didn't the Greenshield place make way for the Tales of Robin Hood? Or was it a bit further down the road?

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Poohbear

One of the few efforts to capitalize on the Robin Hood legend that is Nottingham.

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Didn't the Greenshield place make way for the Tales of Robin Hood? Or was it a bit further down the road?

As mentioned a few posts earlier

As taxi ray has pointed out in his earlier post, Tesco were always there and this is a better view. This is the place which became Tales of Robin Hood.

http://www.picturethepast.org.uk/frontend.php?action=printdetails&keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;NTGM004901&prevUrl=

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One of the few efforts to capitalize on the Robin Hood legend that is Nottingham.

And it didn't work...On a road voted the crappiest in Europe with no links whatsoever to anything Medieval apart from the robber barons charging to park your car.

Any Robin Hood spectacular should be on the outskirts of the forest surrounded by oak trees where tourists can fantasize about the legend...Trying to link it to the city and the boring lump on Castle Rock won't work.It may as well be downtown Huddersfield or Bloxwich...

There's nothing to see...what there was has all gone.A visit to the Sal and the Trip and a wander round a few caves accessed in a shopping Mall and that's ya lot.

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And believe me Poohbear, downtown Huddersfield has very little to commend it!!

By the by, LOVE your sledging dogs!

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A couple of comments picking up on earlier postings:

The Barton non-stop service to Derby was the X42.

I think Nottingham was just about the furthest north that Midland Red services reached, but they did run to Grantham from Leicester.

In my bus-spotting days my friend and I, or sometimes on my own, used to get a Midland Red 'Day Anywhere' ticket for 12/6 which gave you unlimited travel for the day on any of their buses. In earlier days it was a thing like a playing card, and you had to buy it what I think was the Trent booking office at the bus station. I think I've still got one somewhere, but I can't lay my hands on it at the moment.

I'm hopefully attaching a photo of one the many second hand double deckers that Barton back then.

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I think Nottingham was just about the furthest north that Midland Red services reached, but they did run to Grantham from Leicester.

In my bus-spotting days my friend and I, or sometimes on my own, used to get a Midland Red 'Day Anywhere' ticket for 12/6 which gave you unlimited travel for the day on any of their buses. In earlier days it was a thing like a playing card, and you had to buy it what I think was the Trent booking office at the bus station. I think I've still got one somewhere, but I can't lay my hands on it at the moment.

These are the tickets I mentioned. First is a half fare one - can't read the year on it, but must have been 1963. (Adult fare was 10 shillings):

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These two are from when the fares went up, which must have been 1964 as the right hand one which I have shown the back of is dated 15 February 1964 and the fare was then 6/3 for junior (12/6 adult). I'm not sure, but I think adult fare was payable when you were 14. The one on the left shows there had been no fare increase in over two years, as it's dated 8 August 1966.

Some conductors would punch holes in the tickets but some wouldn't bother.

I think the 12/6 was the last one for which these playing card type tickets were issued. After that it was an ordinary ticket which you bought from the conductor.

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I used to travel on the x99 from Notts To Bimingham and back every other weekend from 1964 to 1966 and my hubby to be would do the same alternate weekends,it was a long journey but so much cheaper than the train.i had forgotten which station i caught it,now i have been reminded it must have been Mount Street.

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I always thought that Huntingdon Street Bus station was where all the long distance buses left from. Caught buses there a few times to go down to Devon, stopping at Cheltenham to presumably change drivers. I think that was the Black & White bus company, always went overnight.

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I believe the X99 was a Midland Red Bus and i have tried to remember many time over the years,where the bus departed and my memory failed me,until i read The Mount St Topic and it fell into place,It was a long Journey and i remember going through Ashby De la Zouch, I did this journey many times, unless i was feeling a bit rich and treated myself to the train,not very often ,I had to catch my bus to Gedling from Huntingdon St,either the 67 or 67a Red Bus to Arnold Lane or 25 Green Bus to the Tavern on Westdale lane.Forgive me if i am not exact with Bus numbers but i was a teenager then and an OAP now.LOL

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Carni, should have tried huntingdon street to glasgow (via ilkeston!!!!)in winter with blankets issued "in case we get stuck " 1960's all pre motorway, 2 stops as I recall, scotch corner and lockerbie

LizzieM, nothing to say to you, left speechless via your looks!

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Some more old tickets , this bus leaving from Derby Road :

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