Bradder Street Memories of Jimmy & Alan
Have just returned home from a very pleasant three days in my home town of Mansfield. My wife and I had a lovely time visiting friends and relations, not forgetting our visit to the Museum and meeting with Liz and Jodi, also the other members of the Museum staff.
Probably the highlight of our trip was, my meeting with Jimmy Cockett, who used to live at number 77 Bradder Street, and whom I hadn’t seen for at least 72 years. Jimmy and his wife Mary, are lovely people, they are both church people, and Jimmy is in his early 80’s. It was lovely being able to reminisce over past times ,and about people we both knew, and Jimmy knew all of my family.
The Cockett’s family lived at number 77, and Mr Cockett used to work at the Whitely’s factory on Victoria Street. They moved to Dallas Street for obvious reasons, in order that Mr Cockett could be nearer to his work at Whitley’s.
We talked about the Cocoa Pond, the Brickyard, Fatty Man’s Bank, the Lord Byron, Shoggy Green’s Stables, the Brickyard Pond, Quarry Lane, and Victoria Street..
We talked of the little shop on Victoria Street near to Whitley’s Factory that was run by a small lady by the name of Nelly Dean.
We spoke of a Slaughter House at the side of the Co-op Warehouse, and the folk who lived in the stone cottages next to it. These folk included Miss Burney the school teacher, the Dixon Family, The Chadburn Family, and the Wass Family.
Jimmy reminded me of a story about a man of off Cambridge Street, we believe his name was Benny Barrows, who went missing for a long time. No one heard hide nor hair of him for many a while. At the far side of the Brickyard and along side of the Hayfield, there were many allotments. The man who had the corner allotment nearest the Brickyard Pond, used to take a bucket with a rope fastened to the handle and drop it into the Brickyard Pond, pull it out when full, and take it to water his allotment. He did this one day, and when he pulled the bucket up, the suction of the bucket in the water, caused the body of Benny to surface to the top.
The amount of accidents in the pond made the authorities decide to fill the pond in with factory waste for landfill.