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Voices: Turning words into action
The Meadows - Rene Albrey The Meadows - Memories
Residents of the Carroll Gardens Home For The Retired recount tales of when they were a little bit younger...
Pictures of Rene Albrey from the Carroll Gardens Home For The Retired

I remember when...

"Mr Ball was the wet fishmonger on Arkwright Street. Every kind of fish and shellfish. I used to boil lobsters when I worked there. The crabs would scream. Then I worked at the abatoir. A beast ran away because I didn't do my job properly." Geoff Pearce (Arkwright Street)

"I was born at No. 3 on 06.10.1920. I remember Tom Taylor, breaking his windows when playing ball. I left Royston Terrace aged six and moved to St. Ann's. I've vivid memories of playing near the Trent on a swinging tyre and getting spanked for doing it. I used to enjoy watching the coal trains from the nearby Clifton Colliery." Molly Whitebread. (Royston Terrace)

"Dr Cooper's surgery was on the corner of Wilford Grove and Wilford Crescent East. There was also a library across the road." Geoff Pearce. (Wilford Grove)

"I remember climbing over the gate and getting a good hiding for doing it." Jean Humphreys. (Rupert Street)

"My dad, Ernie Burrows, was one of the workmen who pulled down the bridge." Jean Humphreys. (Crocus Street)

"On Crocus Street there used to be a parade of every kind of shop... butchers, hairdressers, greengrocer... best shops in Nottingham." Geoff Pearce. (Crocus Street)

"I remember yards like this and having to fetch water from stand pipes. I was one of 14. My mother and five siblings caught diptheria from the taps. One died." Annie Dodds. (Queens Grove)

"The Rifleman public house on Kirkwright Street was the major attraction here. There was a contest for singers. £10 prize." Beryl Pearce. (Blackstone Street)

"Cairns on Lamcote Street was a Fish and Chips shop. Chips and fish bits for 6d, fritters 1d. Best chippy around." Geoff Pearce. (Lamcote Terrace)

"Bill and I lived on Lamcote Street. Painter decorated their house for 2s6d. Rene worked at JB Lewis on Hayden Road. Women would buy the drinks as they earnt more than men." Rene Albrey. (Lamcote Terrace)

"I was a barmaid at the Greyhound Inn when I was 16 (1930). I remember my duties involved looking after the landlord's children and taking them to school. On the other side of London Road was a wood factory that made window frames." Annie Dodds. (Ryehill Street)

"Bob Evans was the landlord of the Greyhound Inn for 40 years. He was a toastmaster and he used to tell jokes." Geoff Pearce. (Ryehill Street)

The Meadows - Gallery Guide
- Arkwright Street (1928)
- Arkwright Terrace (1975)
- Blackstone Street (1973)
- Crocus Street (1974)
- Kinglake Street (1971)
- Kings Meadow Road (1975)
- Lamcote Terrace (1975)
- Lamcote Street (1975)
- Mayfield Grove (1973)
- Queens Grove (1909)
- Queens Grove (1909)
- Radcliffe Street (1975)
- Royston Terrace (1973)
- Rupert Street (1974)
- Ryehill Street (1974)
- Turney Street (1975)
- Wilford Grove (1970)

For more old photographs of The Meadows visit the Picture the Past website.

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