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Friday, 11 November 2011

image for Historical Walks of Ye Olde Nottingham - to the St Anns area Police move in to arrest a 79 year old Council tax evader in St Anns

In 1958, as a young lad of about 12 years of age, I took a walk from the Parliament Street bus depot, to Cathcart Street, just off of St Anns Well Road, to visit an Aunt.

I was met with about 1000 bodies fighting in the streets and alleyways. Here, I was first introduced to the effectiveness of the West Indians machete's, and the razor's of the Teddy Boys, as they fought with ferocity.

Today we take the same short route, at roughly the same time of day, walking past and recalling sites of famous Nottingham history along the way.

1900hrs:
We set off from 'The Fox and Grapes', aka 'The Pretty Windows' pubic house, where the landlord was murdered in 1963.

1915hrs:
We walk past a closed down retail outlet, where once stood the Ross Fish market wholesalers, where up the side alley two girls were raped by a gang of youths on 1965.

1920hrs:
Up passed the Sneinton Market on out left, where Millicent Hope was strangled in 1919, Albert Hardcastle was stabbed to death in 1929, and PC Redgate was beaten with his own truncheon in 1950.

1925hrs:
Past the site of the old police station, that was attacked by an angry mob and set on fire, in 1921, 1958, and 1981. It was pulled down in 1999.

1930hrs:
Through the Bath Street park, with its history of eight murders, twelve rapes, rats and stories of ghosts.

1936hrs:
Out onto the road, facing the closed down Bingo Hall, originally built as The New Empress Picture House on King Edward Street, then a dance hall, now awaiting being taken over by the Mosque next door.

1940hrs:
The St Anns church on the right, closed in 1971, was where PC Duncan Hurst was stabbed in 1968.

1955hrs:
Now a patch of greenery and a car pull in on the left, was where in 1971, the biggest drug raid in the Midlands took place. A police-dog was killed, 8 policeman injured, and 19 people arrested. No charges were brought.

2005hrs:
We pass a tree lined route that crossed (and still does) St Anns Well road, a wide tree lined battle field known as 'The Chase'. Known over the years for its robberies (now classed as muggings), murders, rapes, drugs, gang warfare, and the varied colourful mix of ethnicities. The many dwellings built along both sides of the 'Chase' are still occupied today, by those who cannot afford to move anywhere else.

2010hrs:
We pass a Willstan Racing Ltd bookmakers, formerly a William Hill bookmakers was on this site. The outlet has suffered five armed robberies in the last three years. It is advertising for staff in the window.

2012hrs:
We arrived at where Cathcart Street, used to be, just off of St Anns Well Road. Where I was met with about 1000 bodies fighting in the streets and alleyways. Here, I was first introduced to the effectiveness of the West Indians machete's, and the razor's of the Teddy Boys, as they fought with ferocity, in 1958!

I remember the fear I felt, as I ran like hell in the other direction, following the wise policemen!

Nottingham 'As-it-is-and-was' Tourist Places of Danger warning leaflet (541 pages) is available on request

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