Anstey Born And Bred - a Memory of Anstey.
I was born in Hollow Road in 1944. I then lived in Forest Gate and Cropston Road where I lived until I got married in 1966. I have one brother Bill and two half brothers Charles and Keith and two half sisters Susan and Jane. I attended the infant school and my first teacher was Miss Bromwich. The headmistress at the time was Mrs Pollard. I remember every Friday afternoon having cod liver oil and NHS Orange juice which was made with warm water and tasted awful. I have so many memories its difficult to know where to start. The house in Cropston Road was one of a terrace of six. Either side of the terrace were thatched cottages. Alas all have gone now. Along the road towards the nook there was Jack Smith's cycle shop who also sold accumulators for the radio which I fetched for my grain. On the opposite side of the road and next to the Pratt's large house there was some kind of carpenters. Next to the cycle shop there was an off licence. A haberdashery shop came next which sold wool and buttons etc run by a man and his wife followed by Tunes the butchers. Across what is now the zebra crossing was Jack Hart who sold papers and sweets and was a favourite of us kids. He sold the most amazing penny lollies. There was Mrs Lants vegetable shop and another haberdashers on the corner near to where the old ship was. We had a chemist, a hairdressers come barber's run by the Rushins, father and daughter Brenda. We had two garages in the village, one in the nook and one on Stadon Road. Two cinemas. A fruit and vegetable shop run by the Huttons and a laundry and dry cleaners run by the Sheriff family. There was an electrical shop run by the Smiths. We had a Methodist chapel a congregations chapel and St Mary's Church, where the rector at the time was the Rev Roe. We had the most amazing fish and chip shop, unfortunately I can't remember the owners. We had a conservative club a working men's ckub, a hotel and at least three pubs
There was a co-op butchers and a grocery shop, another news agents run by Ab Garner, an ironmonger. We had at least three more off licences and two or three grocery shops. We had a cobbler, another hairdresser. All in all it sounds more like a town than a village.
I remember we had two milk floats drawn by horses, one did one end of the village and one the other one belonged to Mr Gray and the other Mr Pool, one lived on The Green and one on Gynsil Lane. We used to take out a milk jug to be filled covered in muslin with beads to weigh it down and keep out the flies. We had vans deliver bread, vegetables and a lorry bringing stones ginger beer.
We were so lucky when we were young we played all sorts of games on the village green and in the streets with no fear of danger. We made dens when the grass was cut with tunnels and had great fun. We played hopscotch, whip and top, marbles skipping, hop rice tick, hide and seek to name but a few.
Life in general centred round the churches and chapels. I personally attended church, went to Sunday school, sang in the choir went the the girls brigade and attended the youth club.
The worst thing we ever did was to go scripting and we were never in strffe.
We walked for miles through the fields to Bradgate Park, around the Cropston reservoir, up old john. We cycled miles and never thought anything of it. We went train spotting at Rothley Station, rowing at Barrow on Soar.
I have so many memories too many to write at the moment. Whole family lived in Anatey we were the Staniforths
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