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Memories of Rugeley
Jack Hills Toy Shop
1958 (ish) - Mum always started paying into the xmas club in February every year for me and my brother Paul. My fondest memory was the toy electric train in the window, when you put your hand over a pad on the window the electric train would work - how magic was that every xmas as a young boy ......brill !
Pear Tree Estate
My family (the Millers) lived in Hillary Crest on the Pear Tree Estate. Dad, Bill, was an electrician in the mine (possibly Coppice). He also had a 2nd job at the Pub at the bottom of the Estate where he sold ales & played the piano for sing-alongs. I remember there were twins living next door (Glen & Glennys??). I went to C of E Girls school in Rugeley & I vividly remember Miss Stubbs as she wasn't impressed when despite all her efforts I couldn't grasp the art of knitting!! In 1955 I was eight years old & used to love walking with my family on Cannock Chase, down by the canal & also along the lanes passing by the various farms. I remember climbing over many a stile on our long summer evening walks. 2 years later Mum & Dad decided on a move to Australia - the land that promised wealth, health & warmth, and I have lived here since 1957. Prior... Read more
St Michael's Road, Brereton
We lived at no 1 Police House, just off to the right of this photo and then in no 3, the wall of which can be seen on the right - this was the police station - a house with a small office attached. I went to the Church School for a while which was just opposite the new parade of shops (which included a Grocutts (sp?), a butchers and a drapers shop) and then just up the road at Nursery Fields School. I remember the Corona "pop" van used to visit the estate.
Growing up on St Michaels Estate, Brereton
I would love to hear from anyone who lived on St Michaels in the 50's and 60's. We lived on the big green at 45. We had a large horse chestnut in the garden, which has gone now. Deakins keps the grocers shop around the corner, Sharrats (?) the butchers and there was a newsagents, can't remember the lady's name. There was also a shop called Grocott's. A rag and bone man used to come round with a cart and you could get goldfish in exchange for old rubbish! I remember being friendly with a girl called "Pippy" Smith. Ravenhill school was a few minutes walk away. Miss Stubbs was the head and quite scary! Other teachers were Mr Evans and Mr Walker, Miss Baines. Does anyone have similar memories? I moved to Suffolk in 1974, but visit my Dad who still lives on St Michaels estate.
I visited Rugeley only once, with a fellow solder named Jimmy Ball who lived on Cross Roads. That was in 1950. I lost touch with him, but have some great memories of my two-day visit to that lovely town with its fine people. Anyone know the Ball family, please? Thanks. Jac Mills.
Lower Brook Street 1955
I used to visit my Bailey family, they lived on the Pear Tree estate, I stayed with my nan and grandad Bailey in Great Haywood. The fish and chips from Lower Brook Street were the very best, the years between 1953-56.
Mmm Fish And Chips
My memory of Rugeley was going to town and having fish and chips from Florie's chipshop in Brook Street, they were the best I have ever tasted. Wrapped in newspaper with fish bits in there too, those were the days.