Shopping & Town

Edited and Compiled by Paul Nix

My father – (Charlie) Gale was a trolley-bus driver from 1919 to 1954 in Nottingham. Every Saturday morning my Mum and I went to “town” from Beeston and visted Sneinton Market and Central Market. My Mum always bought dressmaking materials from Cental Market and I distinctly remember the clock hanging from the ceiling at the bottom of the Avenue. The stall holders were so friendly and I was really sad when it closed. I was always treated to an Ice Cream from the shop just outside near the entrance. Wonderfull memories.

I am not sure but I think it might have been the old Sneinton market area. My Mum certainly used to take me to such a place when I was very young. There were several stalls selling mushy peas, winkles etc which we always had with vinegar. It was always a very busy crowded place and I loved the atmosphere.

We had a local shoemaker/mender in Chilwell who could repair almost anything and cheaply. Used to love the smell of leather when you entered the shop down some steps. Fascinated to watch them put the shoes on the metal shape, strip off the old sole and hammer on a new one. Even to this day the smell of leather takes me right back.

I used to go to the local Co-op at Chilwell in the 50’s to shop for my Mum. Butter was cut from a huge mound, weighed, patted into shape with wooden slats and then wrapped in greasedproof paper. Sugar came out of big bags was weighed and then put into smaller blue bags to take home.

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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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