Mansfield in bygone days

This is an interesting unused postcard, showing the town in years gone by, possibly the 1930’s. Not being a Mansfield lass I can only recognise four of the views. Leeming Street showing the old Theatre, Library and where you went down to the Museum. The Market Place when the trams ran along side of it. Titchfield Park – I wonder who the old gentleman is? The picture with the rocks, now that one I do not know, where is it please?

Rex Series 1117

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  • Not sure where I should place this plea.  But, does anyone have or know of a photo of Arthur St. (off Newgate Lane) before they demolished the old houses and built the new ones.

    Thanks  Val Mason

    By Val Mason (09/12/2017)
  • We played and chased the trains everyday.

    By terry lidgeett (19/01/2015)
  • Thanks for that information Peter I will try and see if I can get a copy of the book

    By Keith crump (22/09/2014)
  • Hello Keith, I never saw the the little steam engine that belonged to Mansfield Standard Sand Co., it’s name was Empress, but I have a photo of it in a book called Mansfields Railways by Jack Cupit, I bet the library has a copy.

    By Peter Bowler (31/08/2014)
  • I have very fond memories of living on Forest Avenue, and at the bottom of our garden ran the Sand Hurst Avenue sand train, backwards and forwards all day long. We as children had great fun running alongside the little steam sand train , trucks full of sand being taken to wherever it was needed. Does anyone else remember this ? 

    By KEITH CRUMP (29/08/2014)
  • If you ring Mansfield Standard Sand Co still operating in Mansfield they will confirm where and when they quarried. I know the owner he is very much custodian of the history of the family business. The Gregory Quarry was behind what was Boneham & Turner Nottingham Rd. I knew Mr King the owner & worked with his daughter Freda for many years.

    By Linda Williams (13/08/2014)
  • I worked at stockes castings from Feb 1955 to its closure in 1983 as a moulder. Foreman Arthur Shooter senior. I worked with Arthur Shooter Jn., other mates wer Frank Rozzini,  George Bowers, Walt Dewick, Alex Shooter, Trev Melton, Harry Slater, Arthur Clipstone and many more. Also knew John Hedgcock, those were the days .

    By Barrie Levick (18/06/2013)
  • You are right Peter, as Pauline says , it is Titchfield Park, formerly The Meadows.

    By alan curtis (06/01/2013)
  • The bottom left picture looks like Tichfield Park, the river can just be seen where it has been canalised behind the gentleman sitting on the bench.

    By Peter Bowler. (04/01/2013)
  • I still say the Quarry in the picture is the one that was opposite the cemetery at the top of Notts Road, I remember it well. If you consider the sandy soil the cemetery is sat on, you will know that the whole area is on sand and stone. I realise it must have been filled in and it is now built on, nevertheless, the view is the view we had when skirting around the quarry to get to the Chestnut Wood. And the entrance to the quarry was from Berry Hill, another Sand Quarry was on the left, at the Berry Hill end of Sandhurst Avenue. Gregory’s Quarry was a Stone Quarry, once got my backside kicked by a big old police sergeant for being there! The old Sand Quarry next to it, had it’s entrance off Quarry Lane, and under the bridge that carried the Railway Lines. Alan Curtis

    By alan curtis (25/02/2012)
  • The comment about Mansfield Sand Co., rang a bell. We lived in West Cumbria for a while and were talking to a retired foundry owner from Cleator Moor Watsons Foundry I think it was called, and he said when we mentioned were we came from that they often got sand from Mansfield Sand Co because it was one of the best when they were casting.

    By jim cairns (25/02/2012)
  • I was a Pattern Maker at Stokes Castings and emigrated to New Zealand in 1961.I worked at a foundry called Allied Steel in Christchurch and was surprised that their prime moulding sand was Mansfield Red.

    By John Hedgecock (25/02/2012)
  • The Quarry I remember was on the right hand side of Nottingham Road, Gregory’s by name. If I am right it would be the one to the west of the Odeon Cinema which is according to the Mansfield Street map still there but if it still operates that I do not know. A lot of extensive excavations? Quarries were in the Berry Hill area operated by Mansfield Sand Co which was reputed to be the finest in the UK and used extensively in Foundries not only the local area but further afield.

    By Malcolm Raynor (24/02/2012)
  • The Large Excavation at the Junction of Rock Hill I believe was Sand and in the late thirties and the fourties was used as a land fill by Mansfield Corporation. In my Chidhood and till after the War you could see a continuous flow of Dustbin Vehicles going in and out at the junction with Fisher Lane. There was also a concrete shute, for want of a better description, with a five bar gate just past a large house on the right as you went on to Windsor Road from the crossroads with Southwell Road, Rock Hill, and Carter Lane. I remember it was a fantastic view of the Town far better than the present one from the top parking area of The Four Seasons.

    By Malcolm Raynor (24/02/2012)
  • Looks very much like the old quarry that was at the top of Nottingham Road. Opposite Nottingham Road Cemetary. And just before Robin Down Lane. A short cut to the old Chesnut Wood on Berry Hill could be taken from Nottingham Road. This short cut was, through a five barred gate, leading past the the top of the quarry, with a big drop to the bottom of the quarry. The quarry had quite a big pond at the base of it. Sand Martins used to nest in the walls of the quarry. Past the quarry there was quite a big space of waste land with lots of rabbits. After the waste ground,you crossed the road to enter the chestnut wood…In the early 50’s, this area was used for housing .

    By alan curtis (01/03/2011)
  • The Rocks looks like the rocks at the top off rock hill on the corner of Windsor Road

    By Pam Kitchen (01/03/2011)

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