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On Boden Street, on the corner of Clifford Street, I think that used be the bakers. Above the entrance door was a big Hovis sign. There used to be a gate at the side of the shop where you could reverse a small delivery van in. That's where we used go in to meet our school chum. Used to get plenty of stale cakes.

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By Request then.............. Like all other aspects of my Teen years,at Marsdens,loved doing deliverys to customers on the Granville with big Basket..no gears and hardwork up the hills of Bestwo

Next delivery was Mrs Taylor....who lived 2 doors from me on Andover road  .......knew her all my life...even Babysat me when i was a little un....a very formidable lady had 5 kids all much older than

Last delivery to Mrs Timberlake...Hucknall road..... Morning Mrs T....Where you want me to put your Order ? Just leave it on the Hall Table Ben...How much is it ?  (she was a customer that p

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Marsdens were known as ''Marsdens High Class Grocers'''

However they had stores in all areas some a bit rough and some Posher area's........i enjoyed them all....

                 In Chilwell i managed in 1968 one of the Posher ones we had some real 'Posh' type customers..for instance Mrs Pettigrew...real posh.,never came to the shop always rang for her requirements and put on her account,,,the conversation went something like this'''

Ring Ring,,,hello this is Mrs Pettigrew  field lane here,,

Hello Mrs Pettigrew..how can i help ?

I only want some '''John West Red Salmon''' one tin please,,

Delivered?

Yes please this afternoon about 3 oclock..

OK Mrs Pettigrew,,,on account?

Yes please,,how much is it?

4/6 Madam is that ok?

Yes thats fine,,,you wont be late will you? ive got my sister coming for Tea........

 

 

I was 23 and got on the granville Bike wearing my White coat and delivered right on time.....

Why thankyou my boy,,could you deliver some Andrex twin toilet rolls Pink......in the morning about 10 oclock?

 

Hard to believe i know,,but this sort of trading really went on...was always glad to get back to Bulwell and ..''Ey Up Duck..what you want,,,,,,,,?

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Ben, did you know the general grocers shop at the top of Radford Rd? I was about 50 yards down on the left, below Staddens clock. Mr Dawkins either managed or owned it and lived on the premises. His son, Tony Dawkins was my mate at Berridge.

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Might be the same but Marsdens/Farrands did have a shop where you mention PP.....It traded as Northern Dairies....bloke called Syd managed it early 60s...........we did have a Dawkins about that time ..he was an Area Manager when i knew him name of Harry......good chap worked a fair bit with him,,,,think he passed away with Parkinsons...sadly...........

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I remember a 'posh' Marsdens in Woodthorpe. It was on Thackeray's Lane roundabout. We never used it though. Mr. Taylor's on Marlborough Rd and Dabel's on the corner of Buckingham Rd. were our nearest grocery stores. All long gone now. Arthur Richardson's used to supply the independent grocery shops.

 

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Never worked the Thackerays lane store Phil,,,,,,,and yes i remember Richardsons they supplied all Notts Mace stores as we at ABGibsons supplied VG stores.......we were always canvassing Mace stores trying to get them to join VG Instead.......

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A friend of mine’s father was a rep for Richardson’s in the 50’s. They provided him with a green Ford van and I think he did shop deliveries as well. Their Nottingham depot was on Queen’s Rd. and they also had depots in Mansfield and Newark. I don’t know whether they traded nationally.

 

Apparently the Nottingham base was on Castle Boulevard. I can’t find much more about them and whether they were taken over.

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Last i remember they were up in Wollaton can't recall the road...that was a good few years ago.........

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I'll wager Mrs Pettigrew wasn't her real name!

 

Two of my maternal uncles lived in Beeston. One lived in Endsleigh Gardens which in the 30s, after his marriage, was a brand new house. Endsleigh Gardens was, at that time, a gated community. The gate gave access to High Road, Beeston and every resident had a key which they used when they went shopping. Vehicle access was at the other end of Endsleigh Gardens.

 

Years ago my mother, who as a child was a frequent visitor to the houses of both her uncles, showed me where this access onto High Road had been. The gate was long gone but the space where it had been was still there.

 

The uncle who lived there had a wife who, in the opinion of his family, "Thought she was Lady Muck" despite having sprung from very humble origins in Derbyshire. She rarely visited shops in person but telephoned her orders in and expected instant delivery, rather as Ben described.

 

Sadly, I never met that particular uncle, nor his wife, but I was told by my father who was Beeston born that she was well known in that area for her airs and graces.  She lived to well in her 90s and spent the rest of her life in the same house.

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YES it really was Mrs Pettigrew Jill     didnt think need to change the name as she was in her 80's back then........bless her

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Returning to my favourite subject...Marsdens/Farrands  early 60s before any were self service....When we served the customers from behind the counter and the inter acting with them was vital....

All the stores had large windows that were always dressed every two weeks when the ''Special Offers changed''''.....Used to really enjoy doing that.......we would stack whatever the product was in an attractive way to catch any passing trade......could be Baked Beans...Tarrantella Tomatoes...John West Salmon...or any product really....no Pyramid stacking was allowed,,,had to be in Blocks.......Cereals and Toilet rolls were easy big items stacked never took long....once dressed we had to hand draw/write a Ticket to go on each product....Felt pens were used...but they had to look good.....because the area managers came round and checked....by the time we had dressed and cleaned the huge windows plus fixing the new print posters on the window,,,,the monday was almost over.....

                Then on Tuesday morning the customers started arriving to see what the latest offers were....this applied generally in places like Radford..St Anns...Lenton.Basford...Meadows.Netherfield..Bulwell and all the council estates,,

           The banter then ensued   ....loved the customers of those times...they would moan at you..threaten and sometimes swear about prices but 99 per cent would leave with a laugh or witty remark......Job satisfaction..no Problem..........

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Probably not Cliff Ton...........but i'd catch all their Shoplifters and have a fun time doing it.......would have to do it with the aid of a colleague now...who could do the ''Grabbing and the odd Wrestle...

                     All i would do would be the first confrontation'''

'''Ey up Youth...i'm a Store Detective you have several bottles of Spirits up your jumper and down ya trousers''' so come with us,,By the way was you with that large lady who left at the same time after 'Crutching''' a 4lb Chicken ?,

                     My Aid would then escort him back........

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Someone told me recently that the ASDA in Hyson Green now has such a problem with beggars lurking outside that there are plain clothes police patrolling the car park! In addition, you have to pass through a device which detects bladed weapons before you go in. Incredible! They demolished those neat little streets of terraced housing to end up with that?

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Had a crazy month in there Jill a few years back...was threatened with a knife,,a Baseball Bat,,a broken bottle..and recieved a bit of a kicking....apart from all that enjoyed it......lol

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Do you want me to relate a morning on the Granville bike from Marsdens Andover road ?

When i was sweet 16

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Go on then, Ben.  You know you want to...

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By Request then..............

Like all other aspects of my Teen years,at Marsdens,loved doing deliverys to customers on the Granville with big Basket..no gears and hardwork up the hills of Bestwood estate........

                  This Particular friday morning i only had 4 deliverys to make...and they were some of my favourite customers....there boxes fitted easily into the Basket......

              The first was Mrs Griffiths on Gainsford crescent..big family and lovely with it.......

Morning Mrs Griffiths.. you ok  ?

Not bad Ben...you want a cuppa?

Go on then,,wheres Beryl and Joey ?

Still in bed lazy buggers..(.she said laughing )

 

Whilst drinking me Tea Beryl came down,,she was/is a couple of years younger than me....always fancied her but knew she would turn me down..but will try one day,,,

 

Mrs Griffths was emptying her shopping...and said ''oh great you got me a Bacon Hock this week...are they still a shilling?

Yes still a 'Bob'' mrs G...

Look Beryl Bacon hock and only a shilling..

Yes Mam..seen it,,looks like Ben's nose....(laughing)

Put me off my mood...knew she didnt fancy me,,

Finished me Tea...thanks Mrs G  See ya later Beryl   ...and off i went.......Mrs Taylor next on Andover road...Tell you later...

 

 

 

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Never did date Beryl ...but years later... 80s became neighbours and her and Donna are friends......Beryl married a nice chap and have been together many years .....still Bump into them from time to time in Bulwell............

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Next delivery was Mrs Taylor....who lived 2 doors from me on Andover road  .......knew her all my life...even Babysat me when i was a little un....a very formidable lady had 5 kids all much older than me....

Morning Mrs T got your Grocery's (i said,,knocking on her open back door...))

Come in Ben...put me order on side of sink..and Kettles just boiled,,,so make us both a cup of Tea..no sugar in mine....

 

Her youngest son Trevor had been in a bad Motor accident a few months before and was badly scarred for life...i asked how he was,,and enquired about all the family...over having my cup of Tea with her.....

Said tat ta see you later...

 

Used to really like Mrs Taylor.....she passed many years ago at a good old age...and Trevor her youngest up until about 6 years ago (when he sadly died as well)  i used to meet for Breakfast in Morrisons Bulwell.......

 

Anyway Mabel Thorpe next delivery.......in a bit

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