Debdale Lane

These photos from the Museums Chad Negative Collection will no doubt bring back memories for some people.

Chad A+65 - 11
Chad A+65 -10
Chad A+65 -10 close up
Chad A+65 -11 close up of outside buildings

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  • My gt grandparents, John George Barber Lobley and his wife Lucy Anne lived in the middle, he was farm foreman at Hall Farm for George Parmenter. His son Alf, my uncle, also lived in one of the cottages. The Deeming family lived at the left cottage and the Gee family at the right. I have several photos of the cottages which I have shared on the Mansfield Woodhouse living history Facebook page.

    By Stuart James Shead (02/12/2022)
  • When were the cottages on Debdale Lane Mansfield demolished, which year as I thought it was in the early 1970s?
    In the first cottage was a family who had relatives in the USA and they came over two or three times when I lived on Burlington Drive and we all played together while they were there.

    By Stephen Revill (04/08/2022)
  • This comment was submitted by John Allwood.
    An old friend of mine, Brian Stevens, lived in the first cottage heading to Wuddus from Chesterfield Rd. I lived opposite Little Debdale Lane for close to 15 years and knew the area quite well.
    I do believe that there was more than one death in the little quarry situated close to the last cottage.
    We used the hilly fields opposite the cottages for our winter sledging and collected conkers from the woods further down the lane.
    My wife of 60 years came from Newcastle St. Wuddus and later we emigrated to Australia.

    By Jenny Wright (17/07/2019)
  • My grandparents lived in the far end cottage and had a lovely garden that butted the old quarry (which was filled with rain water). The Gee family lived there for decades up until my grandad was forced to move for this demolition to widen Debdale Lane.

    My aunt Kathleen Gee died at 5 years of age in the street right in front of the cottages when she was stuck by a car (no sidewalks back then).

    On a lighter note, I loved living there in the 50s and they will always mean home to me. I will try to find some photos to upload for you. Thanks for doing this, Kathy Lake, Seattle (William and Ethel Gee’s granddaughter).

    By Kathleen Lake (27/01/2019)
  • Great pictures and memories long gone, I to  remember the cottages as a young kid you just took the old buildings  for granted  .If only the family’s who lived there could come back and see how things have changed . Would have thought there’s not much left of what all those years ago was someone’s home pity there’s not a plaque to remember people long gone .Like everything else its in the record books .


    By Former "Woodus Lad" (18/09/2015)
  • Brian! I think there was 5 cottages but you never see a shot head on. Fred Lobley’s parents lived in one of the cottages and he worked at the Post Office. Peter Bowler! odd you called it the Blue Lagoon, in my day we called it Black Rocks and in the late 40s a young lad drowned in the pond.

    By Tom Shead (16/09/2015)
  • Wonderful pictures, there were a row of 4, (maybe 6) the 2 end ones were of a similar style with 2 or 4 in the middle, one of the residents worked for the post office delivery service, town centre area in the late sixties and into the seventies, I am not sure if he lived there at the time of the demolition, great picture of Debdale lane and other street scenes in the must see book by David Ottewell “Old Mansfield Woodhouse”.  By Brian 15/09/2015

    By brian sales (15/09/2015)
  • So glad someone took a picture of this all those years ago. I must pass this site half a dozen or so times a day for work, and always knew there was a house(s)?? in this area and now I know for sure. Was this a house for what must have been a quarry as beside it is an obvious quarry for stone beside it? An old joiner friend of mine who still lives in Woodhouse told me how, as a child he and his family lived here. Were there any more cottages in this vicinity do you know? Superb picture!

    By John (29/01/2015)
  • I remember this cottage well from the Late 1950s just beyond it was the drive up to Debdale Hall, and between the cottage and the hall drive was a small quarry quite deep and part filled with water which some of the kids at school called the Blue Lagoon, some of them would swim there and if the guy or his wife who lived in the cottage saw them they would tell them to clear off because it was dangerous but kids don’t see the dangers. At that time the couple that lived there had gents hairdressers and secondhand shop on the corner of Ladybrook Lane and Browning Street the secondhand shop faced onto Browning Street and the hairdressers onto Ladybrook Lane, the building was of timber and corrugated iron construction, I’m sure it was demolished many years ago. I’m not 100% certain but I seem to think their name was Brailsford.

    By Peter Bowler (23/01/2015)

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