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    Judith commented  · 

    Was trying to remember with friends last night the names of the old shops in Hucknall high St when i was a kid.
    Can anyone fill in any gaps please?
    Before The Pilgrim Oak (Wetherspoons), the building was a Co-op but before that it was an old building which housed 'Fords the family Store' which had Vince Dickens dancing school above it. Must have been knocked down late 60s and the new Co-op supermarket was built which turned into 'The 'Grim' in the 90s.
    Fords then moved further down the High Street to what it now Jack Fultons. Cant remember what else was in that stretch except Fine Fare which was then another supermarket, which turned into Mr Cool, then Farmfoods and now Peacocks, next door to Fine Fare was Rediffusion which is now Done the Bookmaker. Between Fords and Barclays Bank was a shoe shop (cant remember the name) and then across Woollaton street it was Hartwells fruit & veg shop (then Dewhurst butchers) think its a tanning shop now.
    Across the road was Johns army stores, 'Dine Out' and I think Baileys pot shop? Also im sure was a Clarkes dry cleaners?? Pork Farms was on the corner of Watnall Rd and High street and on the opposite corner was Sketchleys. Then Nellie Ricks which is now 'Cheapest Cigs' a few gaps then Gas showrooms which was next to Nottingham Building Society who then bought out gas showrooms and doubled its size in the early 90s. Dont know what was where Bon Marche is now but Yorkshire bank is a fairly new building and it used to house 'Central Garage'which then moved onto Papplewick Lane. Further down on the same side next to the Post office was 'Dorotheas ladys clothing shop'(now Ladbrokes), and a butchers shop?? Opposite is the Red Lion not sure what was where The Gold Shop is now, but at the bus stop was Brittanic Assurance, Wighay Plumbing, Parrs butchers. across Titchfield street on the corner was Liptons (maypole?), Midland Bank, Wakefields furniture store, Crawleys jewellers, Boots (still there) and across Albert St was Woolworths which, when it closed was split into 2 shops, Bewise and next door Superdrug now stands.
    Phew, can anyone fill in any gaps for me please? I can remember Highams/Stallards on Chapel street which is now empty, and Mrs Peppers sweet shop

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    Judith commented  · 

    Wonderful site, very informative and has obviously taken a great deal of time and effort, which is very much appreciated. I may have found my “missing” link, more investigation required!

    In brief, I am trying to find the parents of John Branston (or any family members) born Market Harborough in 1914, could your “Branston’s” be the same family?

    Great site and thank you

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    I was born in Derby in 1935 so my Derby is the one of war years,the 40s and 50s, grammar schools and Derby Tech. The Derwent Hotel, the Cheshire Cheese, the Nottingham Castle and the Plaza. Also frequented the Bell and Jimmies and the Severn Stars with the rowing and cycling clubs. The Severn Stars was home brewed in
    those days - so was the Nottinham Castle.

    I lived in the Ashbourne Road/Uttoxeter Old Road area so knew Friargate well - locospotting at Friargate station and at the Midland.

    I met my wife in the Derwent Hotel on her 18th birthday. We had our wedding reception at the Friary Hotel.

    A lot of what I knew has gone - the West End, Siddals Road area and many shops - Midland Drapery, Ranbys, Ratcliffe's toy shop, the Central Educational book store.

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    Cleaning the steps wwith a donkey stone brought back memories for me, I lived on Barlow Road and I used to clean our steps and also the steps next door where Mr and Mrs Green lived they used to lead the Ballroom dancing at BelleVue and were picked up by Fred Bonnelli in what I thought was a very posh car,to take them to Belle Vue, I used to get half a Crown for doing the steps, happy memries.

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