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May i also tell a little story about Arkwright St shopping which remains with me to this day circa 1963 I went into" KEEVERS" (spelling may be wrong) to buy a scalextric for my young brother which was

Around 1969/1970 I ran a second hand book & record shop on Arkwright Street called "Moonshine". It was so phenomenonally successful that no-one on the planet apart from myself now remembers it. Wh

My aunty Grace went to live on Arkwright Street in February 1958 - she lived in a flat over the top of Jessie Robinson's fish shop, next door to a butchers which was on the corner of St Saviour's Stre

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ilkolad Posted on Jan 3 2005, 07:42 AM

 

the 'Chequerd Flag' car sales fits in here somewhere, they used to specialise in sports car type vehicles during the 60/70s, Triumph Spitfires, Austin Healeys etc.. I reckon they were where the cob shop/dentist are in the photo's, or somewhere near.. can you remember

B) Yes i to recall them,were they on the other side of the road. B) sorry i cannot recall any more. :D

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We have just been looking at the pics that Mick posted of Arkwright st. I see the Medz pub is there in the middle, has it always been there? my partner swears he remembers it being on the corner when we walked up there last year. Please put him out of his misery :blink:

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Which is the Medz pub?

Opposite that block was a road that ran off at an angle.

On the corner was a showroom type place, which was

quiet pointed, due to the shape of the Junction?

In the early 70's it was a car accessory shop.

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If you look at the 1st pictue you posted on here Mick you can see The Medz next to the cob shop??

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Well I'm not sure but we met up with some old school friends via Friends Reunited & went dont to the Meadows to meet them. We saw it as we were walking back[chaperoned of course!!!] But as I said previously, my partner is sure he saw it on the corner but on the same side[probably too many free beers on the night hey?]

I think it's a "choice" sort of place too if you get my drift?

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The clue, if you look is in the uppermost two windows of the place between The Naval Assocn. and what was formerly Barclays Bank on the corner. Up until the seventies, it was all one gaff with a large showroom window at street level for a modest car dealership called 'Campions'.

You had to walk down a flight of stairs to get in there from Arky, but there was a much greater street level display window for the cars round the corner in Queen St. Me old man worked there at weekends and got to bring jazzy motors home to our hip pad in Waterway Street at regular intervals, which sucked aff the pair of snotty puckermouthed old frumps who lived down the 'backs' who spent half the day circling the block in their brand new personality-compensating al-knocko '68 Capri GT.

Never forget the smell of pratting about in a full spec Cooper 'S' on a summer's day in '67, listening to a newly released 'Good Vibrations' over the radio, before it flattened the battery and then seeing how long I could remain locked in it before the summary and vigorous ear-cuffing in front of the entire guffawing street when the siege ended.

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Ah yes Music from the Era.

I listen as we speak. Arthur Conly-Sweet soul Music, Sam & Dave-Soul Man.

Bill Cosby, Little old man, Wilson Picket-Funky Broadway.

67-68, The Golden sounds from the Santa Fe' Years.

Thank god for MP3, where would we find em?

Anyone in need of som edification, PM me Friends

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Dont know if your still around , but you mention Cumberland Coaches that was owned by my Mum and Dad Albert and Julie they went to live in Long Eaton After the Council pulled the Meadow Down and ran the business from there , when they retired they went to live in Portugal.. Sad to say they are both no longer with us.

And I live over in Australia on the Gold Coast Queensland

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Where abouts on Arkwright street was this. Thats a pretty impressive turret for Arky?

What are the other shops?

Kirke-White Street is one back from there Mick, Atlas Street used to go around the back of the big factory, turn left at the end, which is just in view and turn left down to Kirke-White Street east.

My old watering hole was near there, Sir Richard Arkwright.

I'm sure one of them shops was run by a couple of electronics whizes who sold kits, components etc for electronics hobbyists.

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Looking again at the photo, one shop is the electronics shop, I see "Hi Fi" on one of the upper windows. I lived around the corner on Kirke-White Street until I married, that was 1965 until about 1969, then moved with the bride into Ryehill Cottages until we were moved to Clifton, prior to demolishion of the area.

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Whilst the Arkwright Street area was not familiar territory to me, primarily as my stamping ground was the north of the City, I can recall some of the 50's scene from occasional walks down to the Trent Bridge sports stadiums to watch games.

IIRC, located (appropriately) by the railway overbridge was a toy/model railway shop named AMR (?)

It was run by a guy who also organised weekend nationwide trips for the numerous young trainspotters of the time.

Apparently the whole scheme foundered when he was exposed (if that's the right word!) for having other interests in little boys...

During my latter working life I visited the Meadows area many times, and never failed to be amazed with the wholesale changes in the place, especially because the Arkwright Street main artery was gone. Particularly that (perhaps with the exception of St Anns') other similar areas of the City remain basically the same as they were 50 years ago.

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Hi again, yes they were my brothers and also Louella my younger sister.

I was the only one who emigrated in 1990 max lives in Somercotes and Greg in Long Eaton . thats the Shop we had Wriggly's sweetshop next door and the Electronic shop next to that Pete's electronics (Pete Hanson.) Can you remember the fishing tackle shop on the other corner Ozzie and his maggots in the shed at the back , Jack Backen 's Newspaper shop and joan Rudge Wool Shop , all opposit Baldwin House, can remember them all. Use to walk into town to C & A .

I went to Arwright Street junior school too with my brothers and sister so enjoy looking at all the pictures . Anyone remeber Georgina Green and her sister who lived on Kirke-White Street . Peter Thorpe , remember him because he would push me off the rocking horse at school .

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I remember Mrs Raven, but Mr Skinner is the one he hit me with a ruler across my hands , you dont forget those things but the other names would be remembered by greg as he was a bit older I was in Miss Bamptons class she was nice. Sylvia Woodward just remembered her too , I also remember in the early 50's thos horse and carts that came around rag and bone man, used to go down Atlas Street , and the coal men , how things have changed. Marsdens another shop and Grace Bull the Hairdresser. When I got married we used to go to the Hong Kong restaurant and sad to see it now.

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There used to be a good small surplus/tool shop on the opposite side of the road, just down from Kirke-White Street too, I still have some of my trade tools I bought from there many years ago. They have given me good service over the years!

And if I'm not mistaken, opposite or almost, from Atlas street, there was a record shop?? Still got the vinyls I bought from there over 40 years ago! I also bought my first record player there, a two tube job that lasted me until I went stereo.

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WAs that the forerunner of Selectadisc?

Summat like that me owd ducks ;)

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Goodchilds sold records / players / tvs etc.. they were situated just up the road from Atlas street .......

Goodchild's also had a branch on Nuthall Road at Whitemoor, this one run in partnership with a chap named Lee.

A shop where I had a regular drool through the window, at the unaffordable items on display!

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Robt P.

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There was also a Reliant dealer situated somewhere along there, paid them many a visit when I had a plastic pig, but can't remember their name.

Breffitt's........ located just by Newcastle Wharf.

Less than 100 yards from Lee & Goodchild's shop.

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Robt P

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A schoolmate's Dad worked behind the counter.

Apparently it was quite common for spares customers to arrive late afternoon, having driven miles throughout the day from distant parts of the country - stay locally overnight - and begin the long journey home next morning.

Edinburgh - Nottingham in a Reliant 3-wheeler........the mind boggles!

Cheers

Robt P.

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Keavers was the shop as a kid you could go to and buy toys models just aboout everything, it was only up to a couple of years ago I had a couple of cardboard angels for the Chritsmas tree.

There was Goodchilds opposite The New Bridge Pub, all electrical and bikes, had my first Raleigh Bike from there, dad paid weekly then got nicked,

Sweet next to it.

Then was the cobblers ran by Paddy, Petes Chip Shop. and then Hills Cheee Shop

going towards Trent Bridge on the right before Boots sold all cheese and did it smell, also had proper bacon cut to what thickness you wanted.

Near the end was the Arkwright Street Meat Market on the right just before the Star Pub( Fights every night) by meat market I mean to eat !!.

Then there was a paper shop just before the Star Pub when you went in, you could only see the owner because of the papers stacked that high.

Butler and Morris Clothes Shop same side but towards Trent Bridge, had my first suit from there after winning some money on Notts County Lottery.

There was a Chinese restaurant called The Champagne, on the the left near Keavers.

A shop as mentoned earlier selling all types of tobacco and also had a lending library.

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