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Vauxhall Road


Vauxhall  Rd 1968
Vauxhall Rd 1968
Photo: Veronica B
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Item #: 34844
The second block on the corner of Stuart St.
I have posted this for Kath whose Grandma and Granddad lived in the end house. You can just see the stocking factory in the distance and the ‘breid’ where we played and lit bonfires….well just about! Sorry it’s not such a good picture.

Comment by: Edna on 3rd February 2024 at 22:28

Just as I remember you Veronica. You look lovely as always. Would the gap between the houses,lead up to Scholfield Lane? xx

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 4th February 2024 at 09:02

Beautiful photo, Veronica. And you still have that lovely smile!

Comment by: Maureen on 4th February 2024 at 10:11

You look lovely Veronica...was that your car.

Comment by: Veronica on 4th February 2024 at 12:57

When I look at this photo I picture the folk who lived in those houses and all the memories flood back to me. And no Maureen the car was a visitor’s to Miss Doherty a teacher at St Mary’s. Her father used to play the fiddle on Whit Monday it was always ‘ The ‘Wearing of the Green’. There wasn’t many cars then in the streets.
It must have been after the Whit Walks when the photo was taken. The next block faced Gilroy St - still there which leads onto Scholefield Lane Edna. I did try chopping myself off but it didn’t work!
The Stocking Factory became the Paradise Club for a short time. I wish it was a clearer picture as it does look dreary- which it wasn’t really. Thanks for the interest though and thanks for your nice compliments for the sixties girl. It’s another time and another place.xx

Comment by: Garry on 5th February 2024 at 12:46

Very very nice indeed, I wish ladies would dress like that today.
Veronica you look lovely.

Comment by: Veronica on 5th February 2024 at 13:42

I-was a bit of a ‘hippy’ in more ways than one Garry. I think it’s the way I’m stood! Well that’s my excuse..but thank you! You are a gentleman. Plus you are right we dressed a lot nicer in those days. ;o))

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 5th February 2024 at 13:53

Lovely picture Veronica, I am sure our paths must have crossed in those days. You look so pretty and confident you would probably have given me the brush off! Although perhaps not, young men like me were always turned out smartly dressed in those days and knew how to be polite a courteous to a young lady.

Comment by: Veronica on 5th February 2024 at 14:50

Nice of you to say Colin.
Yes young lads and men were very well dressed in the sixties. Always wore suits even during the week as well as weekends. I love seeing photos of the lads and girls in the sixties. We all stood out then. I wasn’t confident really, I think going to an all girl’s school made sure of that! Especially Catholic
school education. Plus having a strict dad. Always had to be home by a certain time.

Comment by: Veronica on 5th February 2024 at 16:27

Ps Colin I wouldn’t have gone out with any lad unless they wore a tie!
Dear me how things have changed ….for the worse..;o)

Comment by: James Rudd on 5th February 2024 at 18:21

My Great Grandad raised his family here. 1901,1911 and 1921 Census records for No 3 and 16 . Had a large family of 14.

Comment by: Veronica on 5th February 2024 at 19:00

I.’m sure my grandparents would have known them James Rudd. I had 5 generations of my family around the corner in John St.

Comment by: James Rudd on 6th February 2024 at 09:40

I think communities were a lot closer in those days compared to today.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th February 2024 at 11:19

They certainly were James. Can I just ask did your grandfather work at the Gasworks? Thats where my dad worked from leaving the Army in 1946. I’m sure I have heard the name Rudd.

Comment by: James Rudd on 6th February 2024 at 15:24

They were a large family, my Great grandad James was a miner,died in 1951before I was born, his last address was Durham Rd, his many sons, lived in and around Scholes. His granddaughter Joan married Billy Boston.. My Grandad James brought his family up Bridge Street, Wallgate.

Comment by: James Rudd on 6th February 2024 at 16:10

Sorry Durham Street, Whelley.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th February 2024 at 17:23

Yes they were big families in the past my grandfather was one of 10 and a miner. People would know one another better in those days James. If they were in St Pat’s Parish as well especially.

Comment by: John on 17th February 2024 at 09:11

A lovely picture from when girls looked pretty. Not like the thick-lipped women of today. . . Yukkk!!!

Comment by: Veronica on 17th February 2024 at 12:12

I agree John there’s some really lovely girls and they end up spoiling their looks with fillers and all sorts of stuff. Au Naturelle is best with the minimum of make up, the freshness is spoiled they don’t need all that weird stuff at all.

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