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Mount Street Bus Station

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Yes, the NCT route was the 63. I think I have commented on here before that according to a 1971 timetable, it took (from memory) 15 minutes from town to Arlestone Drive, and then had a 25 minute layover before going back, so there was bags of time for the crew to have a cup of tea - or even a meal ! I think it only ran hourly.

The Midland General routes were E8 and F5, but the E8 was only introduced around the mid 1960s as a variant of the F5. In the 50s the routes serving Wollaton village were D9 (Birchwood Road - extended at rush hours to Ilkeston), E1 (Strelley Lane) and F5 (Wollaton Vale). Those that missed the village, being routed along Russell Drive were B2 (Ilkeston, Cotmanhay, Heanor, Codnor, Ripley) C6 (same as B2 but serving Waingroves instead of Codnor), and F9 (Kirk Hallam - limited stop : no setting down before the Balloon Houses).

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I lived on Woodbank Drive from 63-68. It joined Bramcote Lane and Wollaton Vale. Great days !

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In Annesley Rows the 61 Trent Bus (Mansfield to Nottingham)took us to Mount Street, whereas we had to walk up to the Badger Box for the 84 to Huntingdon Street. It was a traipse from Mount Street to the City ground.

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I lived on Woodbank Drive from 63-68. It joined Bramcote Lane and Wollaton Vale. Great days !

Basfordred, what year was Woodbank built?

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Never seen this one before, till I found it on PTP.

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My mum and dad used to take me on shopping trips to Nottingham on Wednesdays because in Derbyshire, Wednesday was half day closing but in Nottingham all the shops were open.

We used to get the Midland General A4 service to Ripley which is the one shown in this picture. It was a sort of limited stop express service which used the Nuthall by-pass instead of going through the village. I don't think anyone was allowed to get on or off before/after Eastwood or Hill Top.

It was very busy on Wednesdays too, it was only every hour and if you left it till the last minute, you risked not getting a seat.

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Correct - as I remember from the old ABC railway timetable for Nottingham, which gave details of local bus services, the A4 stopped only at Hilltop, Eastwood, Langley Mill, Heanor, Loscoe, Crosshill, Codnor, Ripley, Swanwick and Alfreton. I think it did Nottingham to Ripley in 41 minutes, compared with 59 on the B1, and Nottingham to Alfreton in 50 minutes compared with 70 on either the B3 or C5. I remember it more usually being a double decker (Bristol KSW in the early 1950s, and Lodekkas when they came in about 1955).

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I remember Mount Street bus station very well......Caught the Trent buses number 60 and 61 which went from Nottingham to Mansfield, Sutton, Kirkby and 60a 60b to Hucknall where I lived...........that was back in the 50's and 60s...........bought a return ticket, the bus conductors were always very friendly......

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We've discussed this bus station quite a lot.

It wasn't a particularly nice place, I have to say.

Yes it was in a hole surrounded by concrete walls because they'd dug it into the hillside.

The previous bus station that it replaced had been accommodated on the slope.

Cliff has posted some good pictures.

Mount Street bus station was typical of the times in that they assumed that it would be a shopping centre with lots of retail units.

The build quality was just horrible un-faced concrete.

I don't think a single unit of the place was ever occupied. So when you walked to it through the underpass under Maid Marian Way and through the entrance to get to the buses, it was all just empty concrete units.

As a bus station it wasn't especially busy either. Mainly Midland General buses.

Yet another ill-thought out scheme by the genius city planners.

What is it now ? A casino ?

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I caught the Blue Midland general from there many working years ago. i walked from the bottom of dunstan street to catch the Trent bus opposite clarks corner to Huntingdon street run across town to Mount street Caught the Midland General to Ripley waited in Ripley market place for a bus to I think it was called hill top at Heage Walked from there past a pub called the Spanker to a place called Heage firs i think it was a plastics factory, arrived there at a quarter to nine and my foreman said 'Can't yer get here any earlier. left there at half past four for eight hours.

memories. hard wok in them days.

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Mount St was indeed pretty desolate, we used it daily in the seventies. I can only remember one unit, occupied by a Bejam frozen food store outside on the corner.

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In the 1950s and 1960s the Midland General E1 bus was the one we used most often, going the full distance between Strelley Lane to Mount Street. Looking back at the Nottingham transport system we were very fortunate. From where we lived there was a choice of E1, 60, 16A or B2 if you wanted a walk through the Bilborough estate. During the same time period my husband lived in East Anglia where the buses into the town ran on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with two trips on each day! He had a bike! I liked the Midland General buses best as they did not have the dreadful engine smell so I never had to get off and walk because of feeling sick. When I worked in the Farmers shop the E1 did not turn up one morning making me late for work and so I was in trouble. I wrote to the bus company and complained and they answered my letter with a lovely apology. The best part of the E1 bus journey was going down the hill from Canning Circus, sitting on the front seat upstairs, when the driver went fast! The old Mount Street bus station always seemed busy and cheerful even though it was very basic in its facilities. The new one was hideous by comparison, a cold and unwelcoming structure that was best forgotten, as I had done until I read this thread!

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I've repaired a couple of photos in this thread, and added a couple of new ones. In this, Mount Street bus station is the curved area in the lower half of the photo. In the top half you can also see the area where buses used to park at the rear of the Odeon cinema.

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And this is Mount Street from a more down to earth level.

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And this is looking down Mount Street towards Chapel Bar.

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I am sure there was a wooden hut type cafe on the bottom of Mount Street..used to trek up here weekly to deal with my eye injury..went in Brentfords down the road " not arf"NTGM017208.jpg

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Looking at this 1966 photograph-is like a step back in time. That bank is a coffee shop now...do recall dropping a Corgi mini van in the doorway and some bank customer crushed it in the door..had jewelled headlamps an'all!

The paper shop was on the corner of West End Arcade sold bags of tuffies-

Knowing full well we wouldn't pay ABC 

prices..those green mint imperials were tasty.

Went to see Doomwatch in the early 70's and went for a burger after near Brittains fruit and veg shop

Was it Beatties that moved in?

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Beatties, the most expensive toy /model shop in the area at that time.

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Still there? This tomb is hidden on Mount Street..George Vason was a London Missionary...a Nottm man who through his works fell foul of  native ways and took several wives etc...remembered back at his birthplace.vasons_tomb.jpg

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Not familiar with this building on Park Road.66682.1.640.640.UNPAD.jpgBernard Beilby captures it in 1967..The Cripples Guild. Acquired as a  charitable institute in 1924.

The rear garden was sunk..and impressive.. anyone know more?

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I remember it well. I was one of their clients.

Even in the sixties there were signs of things to come with my mobility.

The formal name of the place was The Orthopaedic Clinic but known, as you say, as The Cripples Guild.

Various bits of The General Hospital to the right, up the hill.

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Thank you jonab...i realise the title was harsh...or of the time.After my eye accident..i practically lived on the Ropewalk and missed months of schooling.

I got ahead of myself( nowt new.) and took out those large print black and white jacketed books from the Central Library. The books were a little old for my age..but did no harm.The WRVS ladies were life savers..a tea and a Caramac were often gratis.Cafes in and around Mount St.got some hammer..as i was in agony when leaving and my Mum juiced me up with a rumbaba or a Horlicks.

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I have found that 17A Park Rd.has some history prior to The Guild taking over the premises in 1924.

In the early 1890's a certain Zebedee Jessop operated as a Draper..and by 1900 he owned number 15 also.

As success dictated, he moved to a better and bigger building on King Street.

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Thinking back even further, I distant memories of being a regular at the Hucknall Cripples Guild (Orthopedic Clinic) even as a small child. I had to wear torturous leg callipers to correct bowing in my legs due to vitamin D deficiency. I don't think it was full-blown rickets. There were a number of kids in the same situation, most of them from quite close to where I lived. Was it due to poisoning from the fumes emanating from the ever-burning slag heaps of Bottom Pit?

My bow legs were fixed after a long period of physical treatment with callipers plus cod or halibut liver oil (yuk, yuk, yuk) to provide vitamin D and plenty of milk and cheese to provide calcium.

Even though ostensibly cured, I still believe that a number of my current health problems are due to the toxic fumes from burning slag heaps.

Hucknall Orthopedic Clinic was an Art Deco building located on Derbyshire Lane. I am unable to find it on the current GSV.

 

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Does anyone remember the coach (Trent I think) that left each week for Skegness from
Mount St on a Friday evening? From 1955 to 1958 I used it throughout the year to visit my
mother who had moved to Skegness from Sheffield. She was a war widow.  I was a
student at Nottingham University. For a long time the driver and conductor were always
the same. One could pay on board but I used to buy a ticket ahead from the ticket office.
It cost, as I recall, 6/- rising later to 10/-. A bargain!

Although long (3 hours+) I used to enjoy the trip both in winter and summer. Once on
board one was completely isolated (no mobile phones then) and could enjoy the scenery,
read a book or doze or whatever, without distraction. The route went across to the Fosse
Way, up to Newark and Lincoln and then through rural Lincolnshire, still unspoilt, to
Skegness. A break was made about half way at The George, Langworth, just after the level
crossing. Horncastle was the only town encountered. In winter the country  landscape was
completely dark.

For the return journey on Sunday I would take an afternoon Barton coach.

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Hucknall clinic is still there Jonab , in the same place and still looking as it always has done .

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I must have another look on GSV.

 

Found it! It's a lot different to what my memory told me but, now I've seen it again, it's most certainly the same place.

 

Thanks for the memory jog!

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