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Harlow Wood maps

Historic maps of Harlow Wood and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Harlow Wood maps

Harlow Wood photos

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Mansfield| Newstead Abbey| Sutton-In-Ashfield| Mansfield Woodhouse| Hucknall| Hardwick Hall| Edwinstowe

Harlow Wood area books

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Memories of Harlow Wood

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Nottinghamshire memories

Ravenshead' My Memoirs' by David Palfreman

I have recently produced a 28 page booklet with sketches and photographs of my memories of childhood days growing up in the area now known as Ravenshead, Notts.Copies of this booklet are available for customers to read at Nottinghamshire County Library in Glaisdale Nottingham or at Ravenshead Library. Further copies can be ordered by e-mailing at a cost of £3-99 inc. p.&p. My memoirs describe how life was during the war and post war years and highlights the type of people and the pastimes of those living in the community at that time. The booklet also contains personal sketches of mine which have been created from memory and compares them with current day photographs clearly showing the changes that have taken place over the years.I hope you might find my contribution of some interest should you wish to pursue it further.


I think I was two years old when we moved to Byron Crescent in what was then called Fishpool in 1940. American servicemen were billeted at the end house, I believe number 12, in the latter stages of the war and we used to scrounge chewing gum from them. There are many happy memories of playing at Larch Farm with friends and the snowy winter of 1947 was extremely memorable.

Mansfield Market

I have some lovely memories of Mansfield market place. My dad, George Fisher, my mum, Margaret, and my lovely Uncle Johnny stood the market for many years. My grandad started the business many years before selling fruit & veg. I spotted the picture of Mansfield and was amazed to see the photo of my grandad next to his wagon. If you look carefully you can see the name Fisher on the side of the wagon. I was about 12 when I used to stand the market, we now sold tinned food,such as Chatka crab, salmon, tuna, tarentella tomatoes and good old-fashioned Camp Coffee. We had queues all day long and this learned me from a very young age to add up! The winters seemed to be a lot colder then, I can remember my dad having to put ta arpaulin from the stall to his van to protect customers from the heavy snow. Many a time did we have to take a different route home to Nottingham because the roads... Read more

My Time in Harlow Wood  

Harlow Wood Orthopaedic Hospital c1950, Mansfield
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I was in Harlow Wood Hospital on and off for about 3years, first in Ward 1 which was a boys' and men's ward, it was also called Portland Ward, and Sister Langton was in charge. I was about 10 and when I first went in I was surprised that they had school every day. Then I went into Ward 9, Sister Williams was in charge there. Both sisters were brilliant and looked after me really well. I am now 65. I think the the picture on the website is Ward 2 which was the girls' and women's ward, behind that was Ward 1. You could see the main road from both wards. Mr Jackson was the top orthapaedic surgeon.


Harlow Wood Orthopaedic Hospital c1950, Mansfield
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I was nursing at the hospital from December 1952, and the photo that is shown is of the old Nurses' Home, which you went into in your second year, or when on night duty in the part of the building at a right angle on the left. This meant that you had a single room instead of sharing. All the sisters also had rooms in this building as did Matron. The posts in the foreground are around the tennis courts, indicating that the picture is taken from the main Mansfield-Nottingham Road, the A60. Happy days. Why did they have to close such a highly respected place?

It Was A Miracle

Harlow Wood Orthopaedic Hospital c1950, Mansfield
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I entered Harlow Wood in December 1939. I was 3 at the time. I left 3 yreas later unable to walk but cured of TB. I was under a Mr Campbell, the orthopaedic specialist. When I returned fro frequent checks. I remember he always greeted my mother and me with the words "Here comes the miracle boy". Thankfully I have had a full & happy life and God willing have a few more miles to cover yet.

Where is This.

I have studied this photograph and shown it to numerous friends but nobody can identify the location. Can anybody help me with this.

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