Childhood on Lilac Grove

I was brought up from the age of four at 6 Lilac Grove, left to get wed 1959.

I remember playing football in the panhandle about ten kids and old Joe Perry Then we all went to Cyril Clarks house for cheese butties, Mrs Clark must have buttered two loaves.

Cyril played the banjo then we had a quiz on football. What Cyril didn’t know about football wasn’t worth knowing.

Then me and my best mate Mickey Gibbons went down to the shops to see if we could get a game of prits with the older boys,(Marbles) for you who don’t know. Then later it was rallyco.

I remember one night Joey Gibbons bought fish & chips for everybody he said it cost him half a crown. He by the way was the one who gave me my nickname (Boxer) when I was about ten. Happy days.


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  • Yes I remember Boxer and brother Graham and Daryll, I lived at no 11

    By Mick (30/05/2023)
  • Just stumbled across this site. My twin brother and me were born at 15 Lilac Grove in 1944. Joe Perry was my grandfather and Cyril Clark lived next door.
    Gran and grandad had 7 children, 6 boys and a girl (my Mum). Ray Perry was a long serving teacher at Sherwood Street School, Brian, Pit Manager at Warsop and Mansfield, Basil, Deputy at Warsop, Charles and Dennis both worked at Edwinstowe No 3 Area HQ, and Roy the only surviving boy worked at Metal Box in Mansfield.
    My mother Joan married Dennis Evans from Langwith, who joined the RAF in 1939 and flew thousands of hours on a variety of heavy aircraft. Mum is still alive aged 103, (104 next May)

    By David Evans (07/02/2022)
  • Random comment I know, but I was scrolling through this page and came across this. Up until 3 years ago when I moved in with my partner, I used to live here. My parents still do to this day.
    I can’t remember what year my dad got the house but he has had it for around 20 years now if not more!! I just thought it was such a coincidence that I found a section on the house I grew up in.

    By Erin Baranski (21/04/2021)

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