Memories of Bolsover
my grandparents lived at 77 Old Hill, third house just behind tree, Mr and Mrs Thomas. I lived there till they built the Wimpy estate on fields behind my mum and dad, then got a council house. I loved living on the old hill, the family next door I am still friends with. That big tree in front of the houses used to have a ...Read full memory
This photograph was taken at the Bolsover Illuminations in Sherwood Lodge. They were all made by Jack Spray, (also did projects for Blackpool Illuminations). I think they were held in October/November and hundreds of people used to come. Buses from all over Derbyshire were parked on Oxcroft Lane. Celebs used to come and open them. I can remember Dan Archer (from the Radio programme The Archers) and Labour PMs. All Sherwood Lodge would be covered in lights, moving cardboard designs, like the windmill. They would be placed amongst the trees and bushes and each year would be a theme. I lived on Oxcroft Lane and sat for hours in the bedroom window watching buses, cars and people arrive. My father was a friend of Jack Sprays and was involved through the Council.
I remember watching rail embankment being removed with earth moving machines. The village hall at the model village. Types of equipment on recreation ground below Bainbridge Hall. Tunnel to Scareclif filled and blocked. Walking round large market on Kitchen Croft which has a signpost naming it Town End car park. Old buildings. My ...Read full memory
8 Manor Court Road. I used to live there as a child, up to the time shortly before my mum died. We had moved to Carr Vale by then. I always remember Auntie Elaine next door and that the kids all called me Mister Softie because when the ice cream man came and played his jingle I always went running into the street, ...Read full memory