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Farrands, Marsdens, Maypole, Dewhurst, etc

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Thanks Cliff ton,,i know you believed me eventually,,,,,the only Vernons i worked apart from Queen st Mansfield are on your phone list,,,thought there was more,,,.looking back i think the only stores that became Vernons were Marsdens that were failing.........great days indeed,,,,Dorothy Hucknall,,Mary Denman st,,big Val broxtowe lane,,and Sandra Parliament street....not forgetting Christine Queen st Mansfield.....:rolleyes:

 

Edit...........God,nearly forgot the lovely Babs at St Anns well road...........

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1 hour ago, benjamin1945 said:

,,,the only Vernons i worked apart from Queen st Mansfield are on your phone list,,,thought there was more,,,.

 

One possible reason why there might be more.....back in the early 60s was it likely that a shop wouldn't necessarily have a phone ?   There may be more which were phoneless.

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You probably right cliff ton,,,you said before ref Marsdens Andover road,,,however in the case of Vernons think thats all there was,,

                             Really enjoyed working them,,,Self-service was so new,,,and enjoyed showing the ladies this new idea,,,,

                    Qtr cooked ham madam ?   certainly,, next aisle in the fridge,,, Tub butter ?   sorry don't do it now,, got Lurpak 2/6 half pound,,,same stuff.

           Binghams salmon spread,,,and Barkers Potted meat ?   sorry don't sell it now,,, deliver ? don't do that either,,,but if you put kettle on i'll be there in an hour,,, lol

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There was a Marsden shop on Basford road at the bottom of Saxby's twitchell, opposite Hayling road. I nearly went for a Saturday job there but instead got a newspaper round.

It must have closed early 60s. 

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Thought i knew all the Marsdens shops,,,but thats a new one on me WW......................

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Lurpak! Still my favourite butter.  Now available in NZ which amuses my Kiwi friends - but although they don't buy it, they all like it. Yes, when at Purdy's, it came in either 1cwt or half cwt wooden barrels, sold 'loose', 3/8lb.  Unloading the Gibson''s truck and carrying a 1cwt barrel on my own, down to the cellar, bearing in mind my slender frame, was a struggle.

 

Any grocer's shop backroom assistant will relate to this. Customer hands in their order in the morning and either picks it up later or has it delivered.  If we ran out of 'tub' butter, we'd put the foil packed Lurpak in.  Needless to say, someone would complain that it wasn't the same (it was) and bring it back.  We'd just take it in the back room, unwrap it.  Knock it about a bit and rewrap in greaseproof.  Always 100%customer satisfaction. 

 

benjamin1945 - yes, Bill Mason was the Print/Advertising department Manager and one of the best managers I ever worked for.  He had his hands full as the department grew, with a bunch of youngsters.  They moved us downstairs in the basement below the cash and carry once we did our own silk screen printing (smell of turps etc). That meant we were away from the general office and the girls (and away from Ron Fox in Work Study)!  Little did I know back then (1963 - 1965) that eventually, I'd become  a well qualified Work Study Engineer myself and that would be my career from then onwards.

 

Loved my time at ABG but only left as I wasn't learning anything new and at 19, that wasn't on.  As an aside, in 1973, I met up again with the prettiest girl ever to work at ABG (her brother worked for me for a time as my silk screen assistant) and went out with her for about 3 months.  Sadly she moved to Cornwall and never kept in touch.

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Loved my time at ABG too Socram,,,,they were soon to be taken over'' again when i left about 1979,,,i was offered a job with em down at Eastliegh on the south coast,,,considered it too close to France so declined.   lol

                        Ron Fox is a member on here and visits very occasionally,,,and yes SAS had some very pretty girls work for them. I believed (may be wrong) that Bill Mason took over SAS completely and moved to premises in Arnold ?

 

 

Edit,,thought i'd throw in some names to see if you recall any,,

David Kitchen,,be about your age worked in Sales office,

Pat Warwick ,,Warehouse Manager

Geoff Parr,,Pats number 2

Roy Lander Sales Manager,, great fella

Pete Ward  Sales Manager,, another top man

John Talbot  Salesman

John Coote,,salesman,,also played football with him

Horace Butler  Salesman,,liked a game of Dominoes in the 'Vale''

Bert Fletcher Salesman and could play Piano

Keith Scotney,,an old friend i lost touch with,,great character,,,we went to Spain together for long weekend,,unforgetable  lol

Brian Brindley  Salesman and brother of Bill ex Notts and Forest footballer

Tommy Deans,,big rough Scot,, ex Notts county player,,lovely bloke,,

and the pretty girl in Silk Screen' wouldn't have been Janet would it  ?

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I'm repeating this from another thread because it fits here as well.

 

It's Loughborough Market Place (not too far from Nottingham) in the 1950s and shows a collection of shops which have all disappeared (including Maypole on the blind on the far left).

y87UnFz.jpg

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Yes there are a few that ought really to be on here,,from Talking Pictures'' yesterday............

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Had a great result this morning,,,been looking and making comments on ''Nottingham way back when''........at troggs instigation,,,

               Well you all know of my love of Marsdens/Farrands days which i always go on about,,,i always knew that they joined up in the 50s but didnt really know much about their History............Anyway the great grand daughter of Frank Farrand contacted me thru NWBW this morning,,and filled me in as to Farrands beginnings...............First shop 1850s on Fishergate,,,plus Fulforth street opened in 1870...........she gave me other snippets about them too,,,

                            She made my day,,

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Think this is probably the right thread for this. We can test Ben's memory and mine at the same time. Was thinking about the old Marsden's store on Andover Rd and the sort of things they used to stock.

 

Those cylindrical loaves of bread with moulded lines all around.  'Milk Loaf'?

 

Big round flat bread things which in my memory were about the size of a dartboard.  Again, moulded in lines so they could be broken up into small 'cobs'. No idea what they were called.

 

Ben mentioned a 'Roy Lander' above.  That name rang a bell. not the Roy. just the Lander, or Landers.  Was there a bakery under that name?  I have a vague memory of sliced bread under that name, though we mostly had either Co-op or the stuff from the bakery by the Mansfield Rd/Haydn Rd junction. Was that Sunblest?  If not a Lander's bakery, maybe a Landers shop?  Can't get that name out of my head now...

 

Over to you Ben!

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5 minutes ago, DJ360 said:

If not a Lander's bakery,

Landers Bakery was at Mansfield Woodhouse (Photos from ourmansfieldandarea.org)

Landers Van 1963 | CHAD 2631

 

Van from 1963 and Bakery in 1981

 

The Bakery site Feb 1981 | CHAD M2183-35

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Think someone mentioned 'Milk bread' on here the other day,,,i had forgot about it,,,can't recall 'big round flat breads'' Col,, Regarding Roy Lander,,he was my sales manager at AB Gibsons,,,and from Mansfield where 'Landers bread' was also from..........At Marsdens we never dealt with Landers ,,it was always Blanchards of Watnall...........''Wonderloaf'',,

 

Edit......just remembered Col. the name Lander could be you recall the Lander family who lived on Leybourne...........

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39 minutes ago, DJ360 said:

Big round flat bread things which in my memory were about the size of a dartboard.  Again, moulded in lines so they could be broken up into small 'cobs'. No idea what they were called

 

One of these Col?

 

bread wheel

 

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Them's the ones Brew!

Now.. what were they called?  ;)

 

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We called them bread or Cob wheels. I have heard them called a 'round' of cobs though

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3 hours ago, benjamin1945 said:

Had a great result this morning,,,been looking and making comments on ''Nottingham way back when''........at troggs instigation,,,

               Well you all know of my love of Marsdens/Farrands....

 

Also know your love of lighthearted flirting online!    'Diane'  would have possibly taken up your offer of carrying stuff into the shed at the shop had she been there the same time as you!    NWBW will soon be hearing about your other exploits, I think...   I'm not a troll but I had to have a peek after your saying you'd been on the site.   I often look on there but rarely contribute.

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Margie, what's NWBW ?

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It's a Facebook site - Nottingham Way Back When

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Thank you fair Maid. :bravo:

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No Margie,,i nearly got tempted at a bit of flirtacious banter.........but using my own name and knowing many on there,,fought the temptation,,,never thought i would go on owt like that,, but trogg told me about a photo of Leybourne drive residents (where we lived as kids) so got mesen on it,, try not to say too much though...........ya don't miss owt do ya,,...............lol

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Ben, I think I must have too much time on my hands today....   I was only being A BIT nosy.  lol

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