by Christine Poole:
"I think this
picture was taken around 1953, I was around 7yrs old at that time.
My father is Bob Poole, he is sitting in his car, Mr. Wall is
standing at the side. Mr. and Mrs. Wall lived in the cottage that
was joined to our home.
entered 485,(Mr and Mrs Wall) there was a wall that had a curve,
then our parlour we had the other side of the curve. I can remember
both home with the little gas lights in the ceiling.
My dad, worked
at Grimewades pottery company, at night my dad would work at the
Queens Hotel, except on a Thursday and Sunday night, he would take
my mum out to the Queens on his off nights. I have spent many happy
hours sitting on the Queens front steps with a bag of crisp and a
bottle of pop.
The Queens was
owned by Mr. and Mrs. Wilkinson, I can remember one room was for men
only. The street was cobbled stones. There was a gas light half way
up the bank and another one at the bottom of the bank.
We use to
sliding down the hills of clay in front of my house, we would get a
piece of cardboard and sit on it and slide all the way down the
In the two big
trees on the end of the parking lot, for many years, there was a Owl
in the tree."
483 Etruria Road