Memories of my Dad.
I was living in the USA at the time and had come over for a 3 week visit to see my family. My dad and I visited the park with my 3 year old daughter and spent the afternoon there getting re-aquainted. I returned to the USA shortly afterwards only to learn that my dad had died suddenly, so it was the last place I was to remember him for years to come. Sonia Brown. (nee George)
I started at Wyggeston Girls School in 1949 and Miss Pedley was the scourge of the lower school, the higher school and the mistresses then. I left in 1954 and have never been back but I have looked at it on Google Earth and it looks very much the same. The privet hedge on Regent Road was planted when I was at the school and there were no gates so anyone could come and go as they pleased. Not so now, I believe.
As the son of Bill and Madge Sharp I lived there, after the Horse and Groom in Humberstone Gate. I remember my dad having a fair few fights outside. Many war veterans told of their stories. My bedroom was at the back, overlooking the fishmongers. I used to sit and be shown how to play the ukelele in the bar, there was a pianola there as well. Many ladies of the night, as I later learned. Rosie was one, she used to take me shopping on the market for toys, usually to a stall where she "knew" the holder. I got the toys quick so he did not have to explain to his wife!
Woodgate, Frog Island
During the war my grandparents moved from Great Yarmouth to Leicester, my grandmother worked at Freres biscuit factory in Woodgate, my father went to Slater Street School and they lived in Henry Street. It was a cul-de-sac leading on to Central Street Railway Station. Can anybody tell me just out of interest if any of these places are still there today? I also remember my grandfather telling there was a pub called the Ship. It led into Warrington Street.
Does anyone remember 'Argyle Street', I used live there as a young girl, now Sainsburys stands on that site in Belgrave. I would love to see any old photos if anyone has any of old Belgrave and the roundabout. It would be really appreciated.
RE: The Eclipse Pub My dad was never out off the Eclipse pub on Saturdays and Sundays and most nights in the 1960s. I remember standing outside as a small boy for about 2 hours for him to come out and take him home. His name was Charlie Crewe, and his nick name was 'Wagy'.
The Eclipse Pub
The public house in this picture is 'The Eclipse'. I lived in the Eclipse as a small boy in the mid 1950s. My bedroom was on the top floor. I use to lie in bed at night and watch the Bovril electric sign across the road. My grandfather and grandmother kept the pub, their names were Charlie and Elsie Haigue. As small boys we use to take our toys and play in Cheapside, just ouside Walkers the butchers. The Eclipse was a very popular pub at the time, a very busy meeting place. It was always full with many colourful characters. Sadly no longer a pub, the building is still there. I often look up to my bedroom when I am walking past. That was a time when you were safe up town.
Fond Memories of Wyggy Girls'
I well remember starting at Wyggeston Girls' Grammar School in Sept 1968 with my new shiny leather satchel. I was so proud of my black velour hat, black gloves, and 'sensible lace-up shoes'. It had been my ambition to go to Wyggy Girls' from the age of five, when a girl visited class 1, St Joseph's Primary School, Armadale Drive. I fell in love with the uniform. I was so thrilled when I found out I had won a place there! Miss Pedley, our headmistress, certainly knew how to keep control of us. Even the teachers used to tremble! What a great education I got, the very best. It gave me a love of literature, and the French language. What a shame when I visited it in 2003, from New Zealand, where I now live. Miss Pedley would have been outraged at the litter around the grounds! Still, I have very fond memories of old Wyggy Girls'.
De Montfort Rocked
Good to see DeMontfort Hall as it used to be. It was a great venue to see bands there. Once the small blues clubs had ran their course bands needed larger venues to ply their trade, De Montfort was one of the first, I saw Rory Gallagher, John Hiseman's Collesseum,Yes, Sutherland Brothers/Quiver and never to be forgotten Free (when they reformed briefly) the last band I ever saw before the modernisation of the hall was Uriah Heep with a rather drunk David Byron fronting the band. Other major bands to visit DeMontfort were Genesis, Supertramp and the most under rated bunch of musicians to ever grace these shores The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (God rest his soul)
Today Demontfort is an all seater venue, no more standing on the dance floor! I liked the venue but on my last visit it had become a bit sterile with anyone wishing to show any emotion for the music rocking awkwardly in their seats. I'm afraid DeMontfort has obviously needed a make over... Read more
Thomas PritchardChief Constable Circa 1780s
My wife Merlyn's great, great, grandfather, Thomas Pritchard, held the position of Chief Constable in Hereford during the 1770's to 1790's. He had seven sons, and the youngest, Thomas, born in 1831, migrated to Australia in the Horizon and settled in Bendigo, Victoria in 1857, as a result of the 'gold rush'. He then followed his trade as a carpenter and went into the building trade at Snowy River when he became connected with the Adelaide Brewery. He married a Mary Stevenson in Bendigo in 1862, who was born in Kegworth Leicester in 1845 and migrated with her parents aboard ' Epson' in 1855. Thomas and Mary had seven children but the first one died. In 1874 ,Thomas bought and built a home in Stewart Street Bendigo. In 1878, Thomas joined with a colleague Charles Chamberlain to form Pritchard and Chamberlain, who took over the lease of the Adelaide Brewery later to become Pritchard and Chamberlain. He relocated to Lucan Street in 1880's. He named this home 'Leicester'... Read more
Memories of Life
I was born in 1942 and spent my childhood years living in the way road area of the city. My brother and I were lucky enough to have a family living directly behind us in Homefield Avenue (I think that is what it was called) there were three children. We used to spend many happy hours playing in the brook at the bottom of the garden getting very wet and kindly neighbours used to dry us out so we did not get into trouble. I think I can honestly say that we all had a happy childhood, most of the time was spent outside making our own fun. Our friends' family had a little wooden cabin out at Woodhouse Eves and we used to have weekends there visiting Bradgate Park, which I still do from time to time. When I visit now, we also go to Gibsons Grey Lady. Something else that I remember well was going into town with my mother and Aunt and visiting the shop that is... Read more
Lunch at The Pavilion
I was at Wyggy Boys School from 1961 to 68. Usually I went home for dinner (which we always had mid-day) as my father worked nearby and took me. But if he wasn't going home I used to meet my mother or grandmother and have lunch in the pavilion, Usually it was egg and chips for 1s.6d. and a Lyons fruit pie for 6d. No drink because it was too extravagent to buy drinks in a cafe! Sometimes I went round the Vicky Park greenhouses with my grandma before going back to school.
I also used to pass the pavilion on cross-country practice runs round Vicky Park.
School Dance Display
The Wyggeston Girls Grammar School put on a Dance display for Parents. I remember my mum & younger sister coming to watch and my friend and I took them to a local espresso bar afterwards.
I also recall a visit with my dad to see Swan Lake c1949.
And I've seen Ray Charles a couple of times in the 60s, also Oscar Peterson, Jacques Loussier, and Elton John at the start of his career.
I haven't lived in Leicester for many years. All ths events took place in the 50s/60s.
Though I did see the Russian Ballet c1990.
I will always remember regular family trips to Abbey Park, fishing in the Soar, hiring the metal pedal boats and many other memories. I always remember that the one day of the week that we used to go to the park was nearly always on a Sunday, this was the one day of the week that most families used go out for recreation and its incredible that there was no access to the boats, swings etc as the local authorities saw fit to stop all the pleasure activities as it was the sabbath. Never made any sense to me then and still rankles even now. The only thing that we had for entertainment was a brass band that played the same boring tunes every week and nearly always played in the rain. Couldn't stop us fishing though, the park was beautifully kept and I often wonder if its still maintained to the same standard, assuming of course that its still there, good memories of post war Leicester.... Read more
King Richards Road
We moved from Willesden in London to Kingrichards Road, Leicester when I was 5 yrs old in 1965. I went to King Richards Infants with my brother, Wayne. The building I think was something to do with a church, I think, an old chapel or church hall. It was just a couple of mins from our shop, where we lived with our grandparents. Opposite our shop was Dereks the butchers and either side of our shop was a book shop and bakers and electrical repair shop. I later went to Shaftsbury Juniors school which I believe is still there. Our doctors surgery was at the top of our road which if I remember rightly was the Foss Road. The surgery was a big old house with a blue door and a black knocker; God knows why I remember that. There was also a big park, Foss Park I think, that we sometimes went to, also on King Richards Road was a working mans club, a shoe shop, sweet... Read more
Memories of Leicestershire
Kenwood Swimming Pool
I remember Overdale School as I was there around 1964-1967, but of all the memories and photo's no one mentions Kenwood open air (lido) pool. Are there any photo's out there?
I Remember it Being Built
The building in your picture was called the 'new shops'. I recall going up there with my dad, Roy Austin, when it was being built. It must have been before 1960 I guess. I was born in 1949. The shops in that block included Boots, Wilkinsons, Forbouys, Greasleys, and the Co-op I believe. Behind the shops was the library, which was the original Co-op where we (John Hogan and his grand-dad 'Tim') used to go in the last days of rationing after the Second World War). Tim fought in the Boer War and me and John used to play with the sword that he brought home with him from the war. Tim wasn't really John's grand-dad. He'd been taken in by the Hogans (John's family). We lived on Glazebrook Road, a hundred yards or so behind the shops in that photo.
We used to buy cheap stale cakes from Greasleys on our way to New Parks Boys School. (Not John - he went to a Catholic school so we got... Read more
New Parks Boys,
I remember well the tennis courts . We were a secondary modern and our tennis courts were very secondary. Holes and gravel with a perimeter fence that had so many holes in it that about 20% of the balls sailed through it only to be punted down the road by a passing car. Whereas the girls' grammer school next to it had new ashphalt, legible lines and a fence strong enough to keep the boys at bay. We had great sports teams and excellent fields to compensate. We shared with fields with the girls but they rarely ventured out.
I loved the Humberstone village and living with my grandmother. I went to Humberstone School. Her name was Maggie Hunt. I would love to hear her and her friends singing all those pub songs at the P lough and The Windmill. She was so sweet and loved my brother and I. I came down Steins Lane to Hungerton Boulevard, she lived directly opposite the end of Steins Lane. I would love to visit her house once more. I live in Texas, USA but my heart will always be there.
Evacuated to Aylestone
After seventy plus years it's very hard to remember exactly what year I was sent to stay with friends of my mothers in Aylestone. It was likely in 1940 as the general panic about getting the children away from the large cities had begun in ernest. Now all I can recall about that time was staying at a lovely semi detached house, on Narrow Lane with a Mrs Powderill and her unmarried son Neville. My mother stayed with me most of the time but over Christmas they sent for her as Dad had become seriously ill and was in hospital.A 4-wheel-drive ambulance was sent to take her to his bedside. Later he was sent to Cromer as he recovered. Finally he joined us at Easter in Aylestone. I can also recall playing in a walled children's playground behind one of the local pubs. There were other children there and we managed to buy special wooden matches that burned slowly in different colours. We were yelled at by some adults... Read more
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