|The rear of 189 The Ridgeway in 1959|
"It shows the back garden, not much more than a bit of farm land enclosed by a chain link fence, and the rear of the house. The house under construction next door is the detached corner property (187) at the junction with Packhorse Close. My father spent a year or so landscaping the garden to combat the slopes, much of which is still in evidence today and can be seen via Google Earth."
Previously Martin had said, "I remember the early days of The Quadrant well. Butler's butcher's shop had sawdust on the floor and a separate payment booth at the back of the shop. The shop boy then brought your newly-acquired joint on a bike direct to your door later in the day. I later did a paper round for Martin's, the newsagent, from 1970 to 1974, when Mr Thompson was the proprietor. Most of the proceeds was spent in Drummonds on Airfix kits. Great days."
I am pleased that more recollections are appearing about Marshalswick, so here are a few more prompts. Maybe someone will remember the old concrete scout building, youth club activities, adventures in Chandlers Wood, the old farm house, ponds, the controversy over the nearby waste tip and the greater controversy about proposed new housing at Jersey Farm and a supermarket (Key/Sainsbury). Oh, and the early years at Marshalswick School, and Wheatfields, St John Fisher and Skyswood schools.
|Dearman Gomms just before the closing-down sign appeared.|
"Just over 11 years ago John Dearman gave up a secure job in his father's firm, sold the house he had built himself, and with the proceeds bought some broken-down shop premises in Camp Road. That was the first of two major decisions which changed his life. He and his wife ran the shop as a grocery for the first three years [similar trade to the Tuckett's who were there previously]. It became more difficult to make a living out of the shop as competition from supermarkets increased. Finally, Mr Dearman made the second decision which changed his life. A practical man himself he foresaw the do-it-yourself boom which has materialised in the last few years."
That success story lasted until 2014!