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Wood Street

Dave Clifton remembers :

For the first sixteen years of my life from 1950  I lived in Wood Street.  The first years in upstairs rooms at no. 5 with my mother and father, then when my grandfather died we moved to no 11 with my nan.  The house clearly appears in the VE day photo. It's the house by the lamppost. There were three houses together and they were the oldest in the street. I can't be certain who, if any of my family are in the picture, as my Uncle Bob Bishop was at the time a Japanese POW although they had no idea at that time he was later to return safe after four years of uncertainty. So they may not have felt like celebrating until VJ day.

My mum was born there and my nan & grandad Bishop raised their eleven children in that house. Regretfully in late 1965 the notice came to move and the house was demolished.  In our new maisonette we had all luxuries of modern living, but after over 50 years in Wood Street for my nan and mum it was not a happy time.

The stage in the VE day picture is at the top of the road, it's along the side of the corner shop building which was a sweet and tobacconist’s shop. There they took the empty fizzy drink bottles back, 1d or 3d for the return. The owners sold penny drinks, made in old sauce bottles with a sherbet tablet. I think the choice was red, green or yellow.  On the opposite side at the top was a greengrocer. He owned a barrow which he pushed to Stratford wholesale vegetable market and back. My dad borrowed it occasionally. No cars then to move stuff.

Wood street was a cul-de-sac  and we were always playing in the street.  The ladder bar on the lamppost was bent with the amount of swinging by the kids and the bottom was our cricket wicket.  ‘What's the Time Mr Wolf’ was played  across from one side of the street to the other.  The house across the end of the street (the front faced the High Road) had large gates onto Wood Street at the back and made a good football goal area. I think this was the back of the old police station that served until the new one was built near the fire station.   

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