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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 !
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.
Harpers Tailors And Outfitters
I understand that my great uncle John Henry Harper had a tailors and outfitters business at 17 Lower Brook st in 1901 until unknown date. Does anyone have any knowledge of this business or what business operated from this address since then. Woul love to hear. Rosemary Holden (nee Harper)
George Masons Employees
My dad informs me that my grandad ran George Mason's in Rugeley for many years. His name was Thomas Parsons and he lived in a large house with my nan, Lillian along the Armitage Road opposite the Brereton park by Thorn. A well known, well respected local gent, he had served in the war but came home after suffering a schrapnel wound. He died in 1983 and is at rest in the Wolseley Road churchyard. I was 3 when he died but I guess he would be very sad at the state of Rugeley as it is today. George Mason's became a video shop in the 1990s, then a shoe shop and is now a Cantonese restaurant. My nan (on mum's side) used to shop for hours at Yvonne's boutique on the left hand corner of the row here. I used to sit in there bored while she had a cup of tea and a chat!