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Was Keith in the york & lancaster Regt in the middle 50s.

 

Yes he was :) Do you know him?

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Yes he was :) Do you know him?

 

Yes their was a Keith Darling he was in the same company as me, we also did our 12 weeks training together at pontefract barracks.

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I remember getting off the bus at the Rock St/ Pitsmoor Rd junction only to be greeted with a wall of steam from an train passing under the

bridge on my way to visiting my grandma at 114 Pitsmoor Rd in the

1950's .Also on my way I would often pass the lady of the house or her

daughter ' donkey stoning ' their window sills and steps , something

you dont see this day and age .

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just posted this in the castle at Pitsmoor thread

 

I lived in Pitsmoor for around 25 years in the flats on Andover Street. I went there about 3 weeks ago for the first time in as many years. I couldn't believe how it had changed. Pye Bank school looked very sad and over grown with boarded up windows. the block of maisonettes at the side of the rec are still there and the upside down houses behind the flats but that's about it. The rec has been divided up in to smaller bits.There's still a wicket painted on the park keepers hut mind :) The shops(Cairos,Chippy and co op are shuttered up). To cap it all I got lost I went down school board hill down what I think was Fox street which became a one way street. It was really weird and sad at the same time that I could get lost in a place that I spent 20 odd years of my life. Lots of open spaces where maisonettes and the community centre used to be. As I say really strange and sad

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Good to see the name 'school board hill' being used.

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At the end of World War 2 every sunday I used to visit my grandparents

at 114 Pitsmoor Rd .

Now where the Marshall Tavern had once stood direct across the road

from my grandparents a large amount of people would gather .

They had arrived to watch a shooting contest in the ruins of Marshall

Tavern .The contestants would hang a target on part of an outside

whitewashed toilet wall that had been bombed .

In those days obviously times were very hard for everyone and not

much to entertain them , hence the large crowds .

I've always thought there was betting involved , but thats only my

opinion .I know in those days ' shove halfpenny ' was popular , and

illegal .When I lived on the Parson Cross estate big crowds would

gather outside the Magnet Hotel , Southey Green .Whilst they were

playing 'shove halfpenny ' there would be a man 'look out ' at three

corners of the Magnet for a policeman .

They played on the large forecourt in front of the Magnet , corner of

Southey Green Rd and Southey Hill .At the site of a policeman people

would grab the copper coins and scarper in all directions .

 

---------- Post added 25-04-2014 at 18:28 ----------

 

Oh I forgot to mention the ' look out 'men at the Magnet carried

a whistle .

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What was so wrong playing shove halfpenny?

Was it classed as gambling?

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it wasnt shove halfpenny it was coin tossing.you tossed 2 coins and bet on head or tails or 1 head and 1 tail or 2heads or 2tails.all street gambling was illegal.

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it wasnt shove halfpenny it was coin tossing.you tossed 2 coins and bet on head or tails or 1 head and 1 tail or 2heads or 2tails.all street gambling was illegal.

 

:| You are correct rabitter , apologies , my mistake it was tossing I meant to type tossing.

Sorry. :|

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MY mate who lived in Pitsmoor mum was a bookies runner and look out when she was a lass up at Sky edge

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i use to live on clun road at pitsmoor my name is Karen rogerson

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Hi Glen. In the early 60's I knew a lad from Earldom St. called Edmund Selby who had a brother Jimmy.Did you know them ?

 

I think the Selby's lived on Earsham Street near to Harleston St.

 

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The dance hall ...then the Mojo ....then the bingo hall ... WAS on Pitsmoor Road ...... which ends at Orphange Road next to Firs Hill School . Hop over the wall and THAT'S Barnsley Road :)

 

Yes that's right, the Mojo was 555 Pitsmoor Road and previously it was a dance hall Dey's/ Tower Ballroom.

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