I lived on Little Moor Street 1946-1951 with my grandparent’s Jack & Mary, my mum & dad and aunt Edna who at that time was a nurse at the Victoria Hospital. My granddad was a miner at Warsop Main and my dad worked at the Shoe Co.
My grandma’s sister was Lillian and with her husband Matt they kept the shop at the top of Bradder Street. They had a daughter Betty and when they retired they moved on to Cromford Avenue. My mum could remember Betty enjoying the attention of the Italian prisoners of war who worked on the railway nearby.
Moor Lane School
I went to Moor Lane School and had wonderful childhood round that area, I made lots of friends and the big lads used to take me with them on their adventures on the next yard to ours. There was Larry & Michael Wheat, Terry & Betty Cheeseman, John & Steven Hatton, others in the gang were Denis Green, Terry Bourn, Jack Bradshaw, Kevin Shooter and Richard Hughes. There was Mick Gold, Denis Clamp and my best friend at Moor Lane School Arthur Brocklehurst. Other family’s I can remember were Gibson’s, Richardson’s, Sanders, Wakefields, Bucklands and Kenworthy I think their eldest son Ted was a prisoner in the Korean War.
Round The Streets
Singletons shop was at the corner of Moor Street and Victoria. I can remember sitting on the wall of the Co-op slaughter house watching the sheep killed, then on to Cambridge Street to see the loco engines being turned round on the table. Up to the top of Princess Street past Divits Ice Cream Yard, they had an ice cream cart pulled by a little pony, I think he was called Tommy.
Playing on the tip that used to be the Brick Yard pond, spying on the gypsy caravans that camped there when visiting the Bowers on Victoria Street. Playing on the hay field and then Cinderella Walk up to the Hermitage Ponds and the old quarry at the side. Back home through the brickyard past the club, where my mum’s cousin Snowy was the steward for many years. Great times!