More Mansfield Mystery Photos

Eight more photographs that are not named or dated which have been donated to the museum – can anyone help identify them?

No 1
No 2
No 3
No 4
No 5
No 6
No 7
No 8

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  • The old school on Dallas Street which is now the ENVA building what was this called ??

    By S (10/12/2023)
  • Interesting to read comments about picture six by Bryan Hessey as he was in the same class as me at High Oakham, circa 1957. He lived up the street adjacent to the Shoe Co.
    At the bottom of the street was Jacks Snacks cafe and on the corner A&C sports racing bike shop who employed well known local cyclist ‘Pongo’ Braithwaite, who with another local star, Copes motorbike mechanic Jimmy Coleman, would cycle from their homes in Woodhouse via Newark to Mansfield every morning for training.

    By philip tatley (04/11/2021)
  • Number 1 is where my dad lived with his 2 brothers and my grandparents. I have just learnt this after losing my dear dad from his youngest brother so this means a lot to me, their name was Edens.

    By Jane Brandon (19/05/2019)
  • Is number 2 photograph Tooting Hill Lane?

    By Peter Hibbert (05/11/2017)
  • Picture 2 is walk way from Westgate Waverly House side of library up to Argos now, there used to be Banana Warehouses and so forth belonging to fruit and veg distributors all up the alley ways. I used to work next to Waverly House and used the walk way onto Rosemary St and so forth.

    By Dave Holmes (12/01/2016)
  • I recognise picture 4 as being the bottom end of Gilcroft Street where it joined Church Lane. The building in the distance has recently been demolished and I understand it was originally a public hall until taken over by Whitely Electrical ltd for part of their manufacturing process.

    By Charles Hickling (08/12/2015)
  • Picture 4 is indeed Gilcroft Chambers. It was at the junction of Church Side and Gilcroft Street before Church Side turned into Church Lane. Gilcroft Street went up the hill until its junction with Brunt Street and the Parochial Hall was found by turning left down the slope of Brunt Street. The building in the distance of picture 4 is not the Parochial Hall. This was before St Peters Way sliced through the area and the Garden of Rest where amongst other activities the children from St Peter’s Primary School (now St Peter’s Centre) held their annual sports day (and outside classrooms in the summer) having no sports field.

    By Robert Throw (03/11/2015)
  • No.3 Union St. We lived at No.78 between 1965 & 1973. My parents had a light green Ford Anglia. I find this incredible, on the photo there is a light coloured Ford Anglia parked roughly parked outside of our house. Even more amazing, if you look closely the passenger door is open and someone is about to get out…perhaps my mum. Any comments please, in particular if anyone would be able to identify the car reg. no. Thanks

    By Peter Williams (30/05/2015)
  • Number 3 is Union Street from junction of Rosemary Street and Leyton Avenue.

    (John Clay – I went to QEGS with your brother Seth.

    By Rob Webber (12/02/2015)
  • Number 3 is definitely Union Street looking down it from its junction with Rosemary Street. I used to live in the third house down on the left (98). In the distance on the left you can see Preedy’s Cash and Carry Warehouse which stands on the site of the old Stoke’ Castings works.

    By John Clay (24/02/2013)
  • No 6 is the row of shops virtually opposite the old Shoe Company and Dallas Street at the beginning of Sutton Road to the junction with Bancroft Lane. On the corner of Rosemary Street was the Empire Cinema, a bit of waste land, then Wardmans Newsagents, Midland General Office Trent Motors, then The Red Lion.  Between the Trent and MGO was some steps where the old direction and route boards were kept and also rest rooms for the  Trent office were situated as when they only had single deckers all Trent Services to Nottingham and Alfeton began their services here until double deckers came on the scene. They could not travel under the bridge on Belvedere Steet and that service then moved to the top of Midworth Street opposite the Victoria Hotel and did a U turn there. The reason was unusual. The first double decker from Nottingham had a full load and this meant the suspension reduced the height. However on the return journey the bus was virtually empty and as a result the height was increased and it became stuck. On the opposite side of the road on Dallas Street there was a small cafe and around the corner a cycle shop that I seem to remember was A1 cycles and possibly a furniture shop ???? but as far as that is concerned I may be wrong being in my eighties my memory is at times is a little vague.

    By Malcolm Raynor (09/12/2012)
  • I think picture 7 is Rosemary Street

    By Robert Longden (08/12/2012)
  • No. 4 was Gilcroft Chambers.

    By alan curtis (27/11/2012)
  • PIC 4 is Church Lane before the ring road was built, the building on the corner is where the ring road now is and the building in the background is the Parochial Hall.

    By James Callaghan (26/11/2012)
  • I went to St. Johns School and at dinner we would go through the big doorway in picture No2. It was the Co-op Bakery my dad worked there for a while. This led to the slaughter house - we would watch cows pigs and sheep being slaughtered for meat then walk down onto Stockwell Gate across from the main Co-op

    By Mr C Eaton (03/05/2012)
  • I`m pretty sure picture no.3 is looking down Union Street from it’s junction with Rosemary Street.

    By chris straw (26/09/2011)
  • Is Picture No 4 The Conservative Club? it seems to be if it is at the bottom of Midworth Steet/Church Side if that is the right Location If not could it be the Employment Exchange on Belvedere Street

    By M G R (18/08/2011)
  • I too worked from 69 till 71, delivering papers and collecting money for the newsagent in picture 5. Barry Wardman was his name, he did the early mornings in the shop and his wife the afternoons. His dad, known as ‘the old man’ sometimes opened up at 5.45 a.m., he was quite a grumpy sort and had a great distrust of us lads, unlike Barry who was very easy going. Old man Wardman took over/opened the shop after the war and they did very well out of such a small outlet (it was just one room about 10′ x 15′, no toilet or telephone,) Wardman senior lived on Skegby Lane and Barry and his wife had a property on Berry Hill. He also paid well too, though cycling up Bancroft Lane and all the way to the top of Ladybrook with 50 papers ( and nearly 100 on Chad day) was no mean feat for a 13 year old! The photo also shows the ‘Trent’ bus company office next door, much of the business there was parcels, delivered by bus to the company shops in several towns. No UPS in those days!

    By Berisford Jones (19/07/2011)
  • No 5 is of top of Heywood street and those kids are sitting is a block of four flats. the street you can see in the distance, on the hill, is Alcock avenue. Now with trees occuping the back of those houses and with three poplar trees along the fence line the allotment site.

    By Pete Bennett (12/07/2011)
  • No 8 is Leeming Street the Cavendish Furniture Shop became Cavendish Woodhouse which boasted they were the worlds largest home furnishers,the Turners Bakery Shop closed in the early seventies I think

    By jim cairns (19/06/2011)
  • Photo no 5 is off Newgate Lane looking onto top of Heywood Street where the old Co-op shop used to be, the kids in the photo could be me and mates in the mid 70’s

    By Christ Wheat (16/04/2011)
  • Yup bloke who owned the newsagent before it closed was called Barry I think I used to deliver papers for him in 1980 ish also No 5 I think is the top of Heyward St looking toward Sandy Lane and Ravensdale Area.

    By mark (06/01/2011)
  • I can agree with Peter Cooper that image 7 is of Rosemary Street. The row of shops shown ran up the street from the edge of Rosemary School’s playground. My mother, who worked for Nuttall & Thompson at one time, tells me that besides the retail outlet they did a lot of electrical contract work for both Notts County Council and Mansfield Brewery. Apparently Mr Nuttall was related to one of the Nuttalls at the barbers shop next door. Adding to Joe Sutton’s observations about image 2, “on right was another factory which are now the four seasons”, I believe this was one of the three entrances into the bakery belonging to Mansfield Cooperative Society. You can just make out the gates on the right edge of the image. Just inside those gates I seem to remember was the doorway to the bakery’s boiler house.

    By Pete Smith (06/01/2011)
  • No 4 Is it at the junction of Church Side and Midworth Street? If so it was taken before the inner ring road was built over Church Side.

    By J Whitworth (01/01/2011)
  • Further to my response about picture 2. The alleyway is called Meeting House Lane. It went to the alley called Back Lane still on Westgate . over Clumber St to Lurchills. These alleys were used to keep vagrants from going into the town centre.

    By joe sutton (09/12/2010)
  • Photo 5: The houses on the far horizon remind me of Ravensdale Rd when I visited my Grandmother in 1973.

    By Darrell Jones (07/12/2010)
  • Picture number two is the passage way that ran beside Waverley House and the old stokes castings by the Old Meeting House coming out opposite the no 7 photos. looking down on the left is stokes castings on right was another factory which are now the four seasons. I’m not sure if this passage was part of Lurch Hills which started on Woodhouse Road

    By joe sutton (29/11/2010)
  • Agree with Angela Roch re number 6, the Mace shop was a butcher on the left half and a grocery store on the right half, next door was Wardman’s paper shop, and next door again was the Trent booking/parcel office, for the ‘red’ bus service to Nottingham via Alfreton. To the right of that photo, after the waste ground was the Empire cinema. The shops all faced the Mansfield Shoe Company factory, now demolished.

    By Bryan Hessey (01/11/2010)
  • re photo 6, I should add that the shops are still visible under GoogleMap Street view, the ‘Mace’ is now ‘No Creases’ and the newsagent + Trent office re-moddelled into Rista Indian Takeaway. The houses up Bancroft Lane are still visible.

    By Bryan Hessey (01/11/2010)
  • No 1 is Stockwell Gate my grandparents lived at 192 which was demolished when my Mum was about 8/9 yrs old about 1957.

    By Karen McDonagh (30/10/2010)
  • Photo No.1 shows the lower end of Sutton Road (opposite the old Victoria Hospital ). The photo would have been taken in 1952/3, before the demolition of the lower row of cottages.The cottages further up the road are still in existence and below the bill-boards stood a public house.

    By Michael Parkin (20/10/2010)
  • No 3 is top end of Union St., with the junction of Rosemary St. No 4 is the corner of Gilcroft St and Church Side. No 6 is Stockwell Gate, with Bancroft Lane in the background. No 7 is Rosemary St., just pass the Rosemary School, which has now gone. No 8 is Leeming St

    By Angela Roche (30/09/2010)
  • Picture no.7 is of Rosemary Street in the 60’s. I knew Bob Nuttal and Alf Thompson, they used to do a lot of work for RLJones where I worked as foreman painter and signwriter.I also knew Jack Copley and always had a chat with him when passing his shop.

    By peter cooper (30/09/2010)

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