otapiri wrote:My husband's Ascroft family had a chandlers's shop at No. 51 Linacre Road from 1890s. Still owned the building when it was damaged by bombing in WW2. Are there any photos of it? Is it still there?
beardedpapa wrote:Hi Folks
This post brings back a lot of memories. I lived in Bowden Street and Linacre Mission was at the bottom of the street with the remains of the matchworks opposite.
I was in touch with someone in Linacre Mission about two years ago trying to get some info on my boyhood mate who used to go there. They were able to give me a few details.
As a kid the matchworks bombed out site was a great adventure area albeit somewhat dangerous. I can recall quite a few bad accidents there including at least one drowning in the deep firefighting ponds. The high walls around the site were no deterrent to kids wanting to get in. Eventually they built flats on the site.
The tram depot was also a good spot to scavenge, they had huge rubbish bins just inside one of the bays that my mate and I used to scavenge in until we got spotted and chased away. If I remember correctly the Palladium Cinema was opposite.
I wish I had a dollar for every time I walked and cycled over the lift bridge, it was still there when I left in 1960.
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