WW2 "The Home Front"
Home Guard. I think on Gregory Boulevard, looks like The Forest in the background. My dad is extreme left, back row (Graham Breeze)
VE DAY CELEBRATION
The Night they Bombed Nottingham
a line of bombs (upper left of map) stretch down from where Peas Hill Rd meets Woodborough Rd then right down across Commercial Square and on to Alfred St South. It also shows how bad Carlton Road and Sneinton were hit
This photo on Herbert Street reminded me of climbing over the toilet roofs with Norman Ash and Roy Eyres.
They were all slate roofs. The outhouse on the right of this photo could be the back end of Daykins the fish and chip shop, where they used to prepare the potatoes .
Each family had an air raid shelter in their backyard. During the war we heard the german bombs whistling over our heads. None landed on Radnor Street where I lived but there was a huge crater from a bomb that landed in the middle of Eastville Street near the junction with Festus Street.
At a different time, eight or nine people died in an air raid shelter on Dakeyne Street. I remember seeing Boots on fire after one bombing raid. Once I was with my pal Norman in the Cavendish Cinema and our names came on the screen. My father had run to the cinema in a panic as the air raid sirens had gone off. He asked them to put our names on the screen to tell us to come home immediately....Bernard Douglas
Betty Worthington who lived opposite me in Radnor Street knew a couple of American G.I.’s. I used to play in their jeep. I was playing darts in the back yard with the dartboard on the toilet door, and Betty told me that a Dakota was flying over and they were going to wave at us. The Dakota came over very low over the chimney pots, turned and came back again and the American G.I.’s waved at me, Betty, her brothers Walter and Sonny and their mum and dad from the open door on the side of the plane. It was a fantastic sight and something I will never forget. (follow this in facebook here)
Just been chatting to mum again, and she tells me of the time when the Nottingham blitz happened on 8/9th May 1941 and after when the funerals of all the people were killed, St Ann's Well Road was lined with people who all came out to pay tribute to all the people who died. She remembers the whole of the road lined with chairs for people to sit on and remembers everyone being very sad. She was 8 years old at the time and she lost her dad ....she is 83 now! Polly Sumpton
Glennis Smith : My mum is 88 and although she has vascular dementia she could tell you all sorts about st Anne's sadly her short term memory has gone and I've noticed her memory of st Anne's is now going but she lights up when I show her something of the st Anne's site that she remembers
12 April at 22:57
Did they bomb St Anns? Whereabouts was effected?
· 12 April at 23:03
Kings Hall Church I think !!
I'm 80 and remember a house on Westville street was hit, the people who lived there I think their name was Holmes
12 April at 23:09
Not sure where about in St. Ann's that was hit, I do know that Daykene St was hit (Carlton Rd) and much of the Nottingham City Centre was hit and many of the Senty people had jobs in the City as did my Grandad....he was a Warden and it should have been his night off but swapped with a colleague whose wedding anniversary it was.....Moot Hall (a public house) was hit and totally destroyed (bottom of Friar Lane). Saw a picture of it on the Nottingham Website just a few weeks ago and what a grand building it was! Apparently that was where my Grandad was or thereabouts.
· 12 April at 23:22
Sorry Sarah, know what you mean, but as they say it's history (lest we forget)....a lot of the Senty folk had very difficult times one way or another, but they soldiered on and made the best of things....
12 April at 23:33
This topic often crops up, so I've attached the bomb map below of Nottingham and I've marked St Ann's Well Rd in red from Commercial Square up to the bottom of Donkey Hill. You can see a stick of a dozen bombs running parallel to the Chase in green taking out buildings on Peas Hill Rd through Dane St and Cooper St, up to Ford St and Turner St on the other side of St Ann's Well Rd. You can also see the hammering the area from Sneinton to Trent Bridge received, including the nasty loss on Meadow Lane of many lives.
13 April at 00:25
Thanks Steve, not seen this before. Interesting....so that would be why the significant memory of mums recollection of the whole of St Ann's turning out 10 days after the bombs were dropped. Bet the whole of Nottingham were out mourning the loss of many lives. Thanks again for sharing this map.
13 April at 00:31
Also when we were young we played on " broken bridge" on the railway Sneinton we always said that was bombed but not sure if that was in our minds !!!!!
· 13 April at 01:06
Houses at the Sneinton Dale end of Hardstaff Road were destroyed.This is just around the corner to were the bridge was.No 7 & 9 Hardstaff were built in 1950 to replace the ones destroyed.My Mum & Dad lived at No 9.Also an unexploded bomb was found on Highcliffe Road only a few years ago.I think your memory is correct.
13 April at 01:28
I was 7yrs old when we were bombed out on Hutton street and i remember seeing St Christophers Church on fire , My parents lost everything,
· 13 April at 01:34
I remember my parents telling me that the nearest bomb shelter to us was Daykyne Street off Carlton Road. This shelter was bombed so bad that no one survived and all they did was to cover it all in lime,my mum thought some of her family was in there. They later found out they were in the the Alfred the Great pub thank goodness.
13 April at 02:03
My mamma used to tell us a story about St Ann's being attacked by the Germans - not sure how true it is but she said that a plane came over St Ann's Well Rd right near Harry Bramleys and shot bullets at his shop - there were bullet holes across the front of his shop for all to see right up until it was demolished- she also said that someone coming out of the shop dropped their Haslett and ran for their life- the Haslett apparently ended up in the gutter!
· 13 April at 02:57
My auntie Betty of Westminster st a teenager at the time saw a German plane flying very low up St Anns well rd. Roy
· 13 April at 03:07
My mum who passed away some years ago use to tell us about the Nottingham blitz .its true about the German pilot using his machine gun my mum lived on Beacon street and a woman was taking something to the bin and she had to run for her life when the German pilot started firing his gun the bullet holes were still in the wall at the top of the road . My mum also worked on the ambulances she went to the old mute hall when it was bombed she told us some of the people that were killed in there just sat in there seats as the were when the bomb dropped on a jerk on them they were just killed by the force of the blast . I know she also attended the scene when two houses were bombed in st. Ann's not sure of the name of the street I think it was Daykin street they built two houses were the bombed houses had stood she always pointed them out to us that stood out because they were built in the style of the houses that are on the Aspley estate they always stood out standing between the other terrace style houses . She told us many stories of those scary days
· 13 April at 03:26
I think Shakespeare St was bombed . Not sure which buildings though
13 April at 03:30
Yes it was the blast from the bomb blew out the windows in the university library building my mum was up there with and her ambulance driver had his head cut off right in front of her by the pane of glass she said he walked for a few steps before he fell and my mum ran into the central police station that they have. Closed this week telling them that there was a man walking without his head on and they did not belief her the thought she was just hysterical because of the bombing it took a while for her to get them to come out and see what had happened
13 April at 03:40
Thank you Pippa .Thought the library was bombed but wasn't certain . Can remember going into the air raid shelter . It was a communal one out in the St . I can also remember having to take our gas masks to school .I wasn't very old but can remember it being very scary
· 13 April at 03:55
Yes it must have been very scary I was not born until 1949 but both my parents told us some very interesting stories about life back then . I use to love the community spirit of the old st Ann's I loved living there
· 13 April at 04:01
How horrific for yr mum.
13 April at 04:33
Yes Tricia, mamma told this story , but she dropped her bag and ran.. mum always said she saw the planes , walking up Northampton st , to school and remembers a doodle bug ( think that's the name ) plane to on St Ann's well road . The Haslet is my story , Mrs Nixon sent me to Harry Bramleys after school for a 1/4 of Haslet , on the way home there was an awful downpour and the paper got soaked and me.. the slices fell in the river of a gutter , I chased after it and it stopped before a "fever grate " near Norland road , I caught it put it back the best I could in the nearly gone paper wrap, and when I gave it her said sorry "Nixon"
It got wet . She said next day the Haslet was lovely and moist ! True ! Lovely St Ann's memories hey ..
· 13 April at 04:40
Whoops - I got my stories mixed up! Yours is very funny - that's probably why the haslett thing stuck in my mind! I didn't realise it was mamma who ran from the bullets - guess I was a bit too young to remember all the details · 13 April at 04:50
Special treasured memories. We shall not forget their sacrifice.
13 April at 08:51
Interesting stories.enjoying reading them.
· 13 April at 14:41