Rockbourne Rd area

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will greenwood
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Rockbourne Rd area

Post by will greenwood » 1 Feb 2009 18:06

I was wondering if anybody has any images or memories of the area around Rockbourne rd, particularly the top end of Stanstead rd.
I remember old Mr.Russel's sweetshop and D. Sole the Newsagents with the Jubbly machine outside....I cant picture any of the other shops though.
There was a wood yard opposite the end of Rojack rd up until the 60's, but i cant find it on any maps.
Also, are there any images of the old convent next to forest hill school, or the location of the school before it was built.

will greenwood
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Post by will greenwood » 7 Feb 2009 15:14

Ok...
lets widen the area.
anything near Waldram park rd, (telephone exchange, bus station etc) Mayow rd....particularly any history of the convent at all, the school grounds, and the perry rise end.
any images or memories before the schools and estates would be very welcome.

Steve Grindlay
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Post by Steve Grindlay » 7 Feb 2009 23:04

That's better... here are a few pictures, all to be seen at higher resolution on Flickr:
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Waldram Park Road

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Waldram Park Road

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Waldram Park Crescent

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Rockbourne Road

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Rockbourne Road

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Tram terminus, Perry Vale

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Tram terminus, Perry Vale

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Methodist Church, Stanstead Road

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will greenwood
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Post by will greenwood » 8 Feb 2009 15:44

many thanks, Steve, thats brilliant.
Is the methodidt church in the same place as the modern one, opposite the railway telegraph?
im particularly interested in the prefabs opposite the top of rockbourne rd, built on the bomb site that had been elizas place, but we've talked before about that, i know.
anyway, thanks again.
just that convent to track down now;-)

Steve Grindlay
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Post by Steve Grindlay » 8 Feb 2009 21:00

The Methodist Chapel is the same building, Will. For some reason they simply rebuilt the front facade in 1913.

Could the convent you mentioned in Mayow Road be St Winefride's High School, which was at 16 and 20 Mayow Road from roughly 1925 until after 1939? I imagine it was a Catholic establishment as the head was called the "Reverend Mother Superior". If so, I know of only one picture, of no.20:
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You can't see much of the house, but it does demonstrate that pictures taken in the snow may be very pretty, but they're not much good for local history!

will greenwood
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Post by will greenwood » 8 Feb 2009 21:43

I think thats it, Steve.
Forest Hill school used an old wooden building, with a hall and 4 small 'classrooms', which i imagine were offices and changing rooms originally, we had drama and art classes in the 'convent' as we called it..it would have been situated behind the main building, where Acorn way is today.
So possibly the school was built on convent land?
anyway, many thanks for that

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