Another part of Mansfield that not too many people would know where it is situated is Cinderella Walk. I shall therefore endeavor to take those of you who are not sure where it is, on a journey that I have taken many times.
Starting at the top of Old Victoria Street, you passed the bottom of New Victoria Street on the right,with the post office run by Mr. and Mrs Platt on the corner. On the opposite corner ( still on the right ) was the newly built Salvation Army Citadel which had moved from Belvedere Street.
To the left of you was the Co-operative Dairy and Warehouse with the milk loading bays, a little further up. To your right you pass the bottom of Princess Street . It had a pair of semi-detached houses on one side, one of which was occupied by the Parnwell family. On the other side stood a round ended shop.
The road now becomes unmade, and actually leads nowhere. That is apart from a wide gate that leads you into a big old house to the right.
Next to the wide gate is a smaller gate that gives access to the railway lines. On the left,over the fence, and by the rail lines was a large Signal Box that operated the stop and start signals and train direction lines. To the left of the smaller gate is an opening to the foot-bridge that would take you over the railway lines,down the other side, and here we have one end of Cinderella’s Walk.
Cinderella’s Walk was/is only about six feet wide, had weeds growing either side. A fence along the right side as far as Bradder Street was made of sleepers stood on end. From the foot-bridge to Sibthorpe Street there was a three foot stone wall, it had a small entrance gate giving access to the lines and the train turntable at the rear of Sibthorpe St.
The ” Footbridge ” crossing over the Railway lines at the start of Cinderella’s Walk….The bridge has altered over the years…. The steps were not open as in the picture, they were all wooden steps and sides leading down to Cinderella’s Walk….The large Signal Box situated at the side of the lines has long since disappeared ….
Passing the top of Sibthorpe Street with houses only on the left, we came to the ” Tippin “Which was originally another Mansfield sand quarry that had been filled in. I believe the filling in had something to do with the closure of the Brick Works which was close by.
At the end of the tippin we come to Bradder St. This is where the sleeper fence ended and a 6 foot wall began. It was here that Cinderella’s Walk crossed the top of the Bradder Street. and the old brick works were the other side of the lines,( behind the Ten Row). On the left, with their gardens to the front, were another row of stone houses I believe there were about ten of them.
Just before we come to the Engine Sheds with a high wall around, we have the back lane of Bradder St., and another foot-bridge. Just before the bridge we have wide gates that gave the only access crossing over the lines to the brick yard and Sutton Road. These gates were locked after four o clock in the evening.
We now have a long walk past the Engine Sheds with a six foot high wall along Cinderella’s Walk. We pass the foot-bridge, the fence has now changed to a three barred fence until we reach the crossing of the spur line to the sheds. It once again changes to the old sleepers up to the pedestrian gates. We cross the lines on foot, obviously being very wary of the trains. We go through the gates on the other side of the lines and Cinderella’s Walk does a right turn. There is a six foot wall on the left, and on the right we are back to the three barred fence.
Miss Burney’s Allotment
Over the wall on the left were allotments, I remember Miss Burney a teacher from Moor Lane School had an allotment there. She taught me at school and I always wondered how she managed an allotment.But of course, there was a war on.
we now come to a pedestrian bridge that crosses over Sheep Bridge Lane It is a narrow bridge,iron base and wooden sides. Down the side is access to Sheep Bridge Lane we used to call the 39 steps.
Bad Man’s Road
We then come to yet another gate which gave access to the Hermitage and what was locally called Bad Man’s Road. To the right of the gate was another large house with a beautiful garden. A very good friend of my father’s lived there,his name was Mr. White, and he too was a Railway man.
It is at the Hermitage that we would have our picnic’s, taking a bottle of water and doorstop sandwiches so we could have a paddle in the river Maun.
So there you go ! Cinderella’s walk follows the railway lines from the Old Dairy foot bridge, to the Hermitage.