Views from St. Peter's Church

These photos from the Museum’s Chad Negative Collection have plenty for everyone to discover about old Mansfield. How different would it look if someone were to take the same photos today?

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No 2
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No 3
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No 4
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No 5
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No 6
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  • I can remember quite clearly my mum and dad having a liking for tripe when I was a kid in the 1950s, as I recall there were two different sorts but I could never face the stuff, I didn’t like the looks of it or the smell of it either. They might have bought it from Gelsthorpe’s I don’t know but they certainly mentioned their shop quite often.                                                                           

    By P.Bowler (22/02/2015)
  • I remember Gelsthorpe’s selling tripe, and not only that I ate it! A bag of chip’s and tripe on the way home as a child. I quite enjoyed it, but wouldn’t eat it as I grew older and knew where it came from!

    By Angela Bramwell (21/02/2015)
  • Peter, you are definitely right about Gelsthorpe’s being the nicest fish and chips in Mansfield. As a youngster when mum, dad and I visited the cinema in town, we would call in Gelsthorpe’s chippy, while we were waiting for the bus back to Rainworth. Me and mum would share a bag of fish and chips and dad would buy some tripe to take home for his supper. If I remember he used to put salt and vinegar on and eat it with bread and butter. So you were right Richard they did sell tripe. The shop is now a gents hairdressers and I have my hair cut there, every time I go in down those old stone steps I think of those lovely fish and chips and dad buying that awful looking tripe.

    By Pete Higgins (18/02/2015)
  • Hello Peter, thanks for the memory jog. I used to drink in there in my youth. They had a decent “Juke Box”. I recall my father telling me about the snow deposits but l don’t remember the steel plates. It is quite remarkable what we can remember from our early years.

    By Richard Hughes (17/02/2015)
  • Hello Richard, I think the pub you mention is the Bridge Tavern which was virtually on the bridge, I remember more or less at the front of the pub there were two large steel plates set in the road, about 10ft x 5 ft and when I asked my dad about them on one of our Sunday morning walks in the 1950s he said when the council workers had cleared any snow probably from the market square or other public place that needed to be cleared the snow was taken there, the plates lifted and the snow tipped into the river, does anyone remember them.                                                                                         As for Gelsthorpes I can only recall it being a fish and chip shop they did the nicest fish and chips in Mansfield and to enter the shop you stepped down from the pavement, it’s still the same today I had a walk along Bridge Street when I was in Mansfield last year but it isn’t a fish and chip shop any more.

    The first photograph taken in 1974 looking up Church Street is almost identical to one taken in 1948 that is in the excellent Jack Cupit and Paul Anderson book Mansfield’s Railways, well worth a read.


    By Peter Bowler (12/02/2015)
  • The photographs are taken from the top of St Peters church. In picture 6 the Queen Anne style building  was home to a number of solicitor practices. When l was in the scouts, based in the Nottingham Road Chapel Hall on Bath Street?? Opposite the Cattle Market our scout master a Mr Yeomans, was a solicitor based in the same building. A little further to the right of the building was Gelsthorpes tripe shop on the corner of Gelsthorpes yard. Then a pub the name of which eludes me. Next came the river which was prone to flooding during heavy rain. 

    By Richard Hughes (05/02/2015)

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