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Title: Memory Lane
Post by: Admin on October 19, 2013, 05:18:03 PM
Miss Salter's class 1957


Mrs. Knight's class 1957




Anybody recognise themselves?

Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: jaybee on October 19, 2013, 05:32:20 PM
Yes,and I know the names of some of the others at Cherry Orchard School,which was then in the old building between Cavendish St and Orchard St :)
Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: gsullivan on October 26, 2013, 08:58:59 PM
I'll have to show my dad these, he might remember some of the kids! He went to Cherry orchard too, lived right by the school when he was at home. Still lives locally, just not Cavendish Street!  :)
Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: jaybee on October 27, 2013, 09:27:33 AM
Be good if he still has some old school photos.

I can remember most of the names of the kids in my class,so will put them on here soon.It might jog a few memories.

Amazing how you can remember names from many years ago,but not what you had for supper last night!
Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: jaybee on October 27, 2013, 01:34:04 PM
Mrs Knights class 1957.

Top row left to right;

Clive Cogan,Andrew Prosser,Barry Harris,Michael Smith?,Brian Sampson,David Sefton,Stuart Dunning,
Dennis.....? Christine.....?Robin Hemmings,Christine Downes.

Middle row left to right;

Margaret........,Kenny Smith?Lynne Allen,Carole Ryder,Gary Damari,Robert Bennett,Roy.......? John Haywood,Peter Hayes,Kathryn Saunders.

Bottom row left to right;

Jane Weaver,Jackie Bowen,Janet Evans,Marlene Newton,Lorraine Essex,Linda Nicholas,Margaret Ford,Diane Corbett,Susan North.
Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: gsullivan on October 27, 2013, 09:53:30 PM
I don't think he has photos but probably would recognise a few faces!
Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: RichWorcs on March 17, 2014, 07:11:03 PM
Hello I have found some old pgotos. How do I post them on here (not the easiest site to use)

Cheers! Rich.
Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: Admin on March 17, 2014, 10:47:42 PM
Hi Rich

You can either upload them to photo bucket and grab the image code then paste it in your reply or you can send them to me via email and I'll upload them to photo bucket
and paste it for you.

Grab the code with the [IMG] xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx[ /IMG] probably the best way.
Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: RichWorcs on May 10, 2014, 12:24:24 PM
Hi Admin,

I tried and it didn't work..... So I've added a few to the Diglis Community Facebook page if you want to copy them over from there.

Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: Admin on May 10, 2014, 02:44:13 PM
Hi Rich

Many thanks for the photo's, I can still smell the basin when it was windshields of Worcester. What a mess the area was!

Withybed cottage

Diglis basin before development01

Diglis basin before development02

Diglis basin before development03

The train photo is already on the site under the miniature railway topic.
Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: RichWorcs on May 10, 2014, 02:52:44 PM
Yes.... It was a bit of a dump when I was a kid growing up there (I'm 30). Would be interested to find out where the Withybed Cottage actually stood! Also to see any more historical links and photos pertaining to the Cheery Orchard & Diglis area.
Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: jaybee on May 10, 2014, 04:08:50 PM
Good photos Rich.I remember Windshields of Worcester very well.The basin used to pong,but the pong from Windshields was even worse,a sort of acrid smell.It must have been an awful place to have to work.We used to walk home from town if the 'bus didn't turn up,and we always dreaded going past the Anchor,as there were usually blokes bellowing and tottering about outside,and then there was Windshields to get past! This was back in the 1950's.

I sort of remember Withybed Cottage,but can't place exactly where it was.If you look at the photo,there is a hill behind to its right,which indicates to me that it was just on the right as you went over Duck Brook.The hill would be what is now St Marks Close housing estate.

However,to the left of the cottage,you can see what appears to be houses....on the Bath Road?So perhaps the cottage was on the left as you crossed Duck Brook via a wonderfully ornate bridge knocked down in the late fifties to make way for a bridge to allow lorries etc to deliver to the building site(now St Marks Close).
I would say that the cottage was certainly near to Duck Brook.There was a small piggery on the left as you go into the nature reserve entrance,and as you went over Duck brook and turned right towards the river,there was on the right of the present path,a ramshackle row of brick and wood buildings,which housed chickens and a couple of pigs,possibly attached to the cottage.The chickens and pigs were kept by a family called the Dinhams who eventually emigrated to South Africa in the early '60's.
Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: jaybee on May 11, 2014, 09:34:01 AM
Withybed Cottage is intriguing me now! I've looked at a 1928 map and there is no sign of any building that could be this cottage.However,the map only goes as far as halfway into the withybeds,and so i think the cottage may have been further in.If you take the footpath from Duck Brook bridge,keeping the St Marks houses on your left,you will come to the wooden footbridge on your right.Walk past this and after about 100 yards you turn immediately right onto the river bank.Just before you turn right there used to be some sort of building to the left of the footpath,so it may have been the cottage.
When we were kids(a rough and ready lot) we called that area Bluebell Wood.It was always well fenced off,but we managed to get in at the St Marks Close end,but it was too overgrown to get as far as the cottage or whatever the building was.
We'd pick Bluebells in the wood,but the bloke who lived in one of the big houses at the top..Barneshall Av? used to come out and chase us off.On a couple of occasions he'd fire some sort of gun,hopefully into the air,and we'd scarper,but we always went back for more next time.Nowadays if something like that happened,they'd have a SWAT team out!
Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: RichWorcs on May 11, 2014, 03:15:10 PM
Can you see the old maps online?
Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: jaybee on May 11, 2014, 03:38:37 PM
I looked at the map some years ago at the records office, I believe they are at the Hive now.
Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: jaybee on June 24, 2014, 12:12:06 PM
There was an attempt in the 1950's to fill in the Withy beds,immediately beyond the wooden bridge now crossing Duck Brook,and now part of the Severn way.I think it was to try and prevent or control flooding.
Bricks and rubble were dumped there for some years and I reckon they filled in about half of the area.
The porcelain used to send lorries loaded with chalk moulds,and china,some broken,but others unglazed but great for painting on.Us kids would run after the lorry ,and as it tipped its load,we would try and catch the china as it fell out,tons of it.It's a miracle we wern't killed or maimed.

We carried our spoils home and decorating the china kept us well occupied,but the best thing was the lumps of chalk,which we used for hopscotch and to generally plaster the area with drawings etc.Not everyone appreciated our efforts and we were certainly no Banksies,but we enjoyed what could be described as recycling nowadays :)
Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: gsullivan on June 29, 2014, 10:29:40 PM
Jaybee, is that where there is railings before you get to the river? If I remember there is a swamp inside of the railings? I haven't walked up that path for years!

Also if you follow that path along the river there is some sort of old bridge slightly further the flats at elm green close. I think it's a bridge, I can't remember. I don't even know if it's still there?
Title: Re: Memory Lane
Post by: jaybee on June 30, 2014, 12:18:34 PM
I havn't been down the Withy beds for years,so over the next week or so,I'll go down and have a recce,and let you know the lie of the land as 'twere.

When you walk into St Mark's Close,go past the entrance to the reserve(the old tip entrance),over the bridge which crosses Duck Brook.

Turn immediately right down the footpath (before you go into the housing estate) and carry on until you get to a flat wooden bridge on your right(150 yards or so).

Stay on the path,don't go over the wooden bridge.

Immediately after the bridge is the area they dumped in.

Beyond that is the area that is still wet,with bullrushes and kingcups.This area will be on your right as you curve round to the right and onto the river bank,where there might still be a spiked fence.

If you turn left onto the river bank,this will eventually lead you to the back of the flats in Elm Green Close.
There is a small bridge just before you reach the Ketch campsite,but I don't know of any other bridge.

It must be 20 years since I walked along there,mainly because the banks had fallen away,so I'd be interested to know if any remedial work has been done,since it is part of the Severn Way.