Memories of Hearth & Home

Edited and Compiled by Paul Nix

When we moved into our house at Clarges Street Bulwell, we found the orginal late victorian side stove and grate hidden behind a false panel.This bring back lovely memories of childhood, fetching the coal from the cellar for Dad, he would boil the ketttle and make me an ovaltine, he would use the hot water for his whiskey and brandy; without letting mum know.

At Collingwood, 14 Devonshire Ave, Beeston (1940’s), what we called the Kitchen had a fireplace very similar. There were two ovens to the left and three smaller ones across the top. One of our chores as children was to ‘black lead’ the doors to restore them to pristine shininess. Either side of the actual fire were two pot holders which could be swung in and out so as to place the pot of whatever to heat on the fire.

Pushing an old push chair round the corner to the local Gas Works in Long Eaton to get a quarter of coke for 1s 9d. Our houses in Waverley St. backed onto the Gas Works.

I remember living in Forster Street, Radford, Nottingham in the 1940’s and 1950’s and we had an iron fireplace like the one pictured. I used to take the shelf out of the oven wrapped in a blanket to bed with me as a bed warmer.

We had the oven on one side and a water boiler on the other, and a brick copper in the scullery where on bath nights usually Saturday, we had the tin bath in front of the fire with the water from the brick copper. I went in second after my eldest sister and my 2 younger sisters followed me, all with the same water. Happy memories.

I was always forced to wash my hair with “Durback” soap! When my Mum was at school in 1915-1925 she used to sit and watch the nits climbing up and down the hair of the girls with long hair and there was NO WAY she was going to let me catch them even if it was now 1950!

This range immediately reminded me of my Grandma’s terraced house on Simkins Street, St. Anne’s Well Road Estate.



About nottinghamhiddenhistoryteam

Originally formed in 1965 to try to save or at least record before destruction the cave sites continually discovered during the major redevelopment of the City that took place in Nottingham in the 1960′s. Almost every day new sites were unearthed and destroyed before anyone was notified; last thing they wanted was someone telling them to stop what they were doing; TIME is MONEY. The word HIDDEN in the Team’s title is because a lot of what was being invisibly lost in the redevelopment was our early history in the caves, they are under most, if now all, of Nottingham. In the 80’s and 90’s the Team conducted with the help of Dr Robert Morrell and Syd Henley, research and work on Nottingham’s history, folklore and local archaeology. The Team published quarterly magazines on their findings. The Team lapsed for a few years after the death of Paul Nix who was the team leader for thirty plus years. The Team has reformed and is now back working on Nottingham local history. On this blog you will find a series of history, folklore and archaeological related articles and information. Most of the material published will be specifically related to Nottingham/shire local history.
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One Response to Memories of Hearth & Home

  1. Gloria Towle says:

    We came to live in Radford from the Potteries when I was 5 we lived in a cottage on St Peters Street with my grandma until we had our own house on Gardfield Road right near the Windsor Cinema

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