Edited and Compiled by Paul Nix
Did know that there was a blind coalmerchant who used to work the Donkey Hill area. He would put a sack of coal on his back. His wife would put another one on her back. He would put his hand on her shoulder and off they would go
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.