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28-Mar-2010 10:45 PM
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29-Mar-2010 11:14 AM
I didn't know that hut had been moved from Charles Street - am I right in thinking it was the one from down the Oxford Road end on the left (looking to Oxford Road) - I can't think of another one...So which bit was the old Jubilee Place then do you think? My 1897 map only goes to the Raglan, but maybe someone with an earlier one could do a look up and see what the configuration on that stretch was in the 1860s? I couldn't find one online last night, but perhaps I wasn't looking properly. Terraces were designated "Place" with name plaques obviously but the houses weren't continuous here according to what you say so it can't have been that sort of Place... maybe the double-fronted house that was condemned (so perhaps Victorian?) was called Jubilee Place? The "new" Jubilee Place house which requested planning permission in 2007 was no. 205, 203 would have been next door so maybe this is it?I must check thamesweb's listings elsewhere by addresses to see if this helps - Jubilee Place is certainly listed.
29-Mar-2010 11:28 AM
30-Mar-2010 09:47 AM
I am a former resident of St Leonards Road (1948-1962) now living in Canberra. The Olympic torch will be passing through Canberra later this week, and this coming event reminded me of the 1948 torch relay through Windsor, which I viewed with my family from a point somewhere near the Brigidine Convent, but at the time I didn't really understand what it was all about. Then my thoughts turned to Stan Eldon, and I went searching to see whether he had been involved in the 1948 relay, although he was a teenager at the time. This led me to your website, and I've been browsing for nearly an hour!
I can identify some of the buildings in the St Leonards Road 2005 photograph, and help with a little of the history. The Jolly Guardsman was demolished some time in the 1950s, and was replaced by Criddle's Garage. The flats were built some time after I left in 1962.
St Leonards Road in the summer of 2005
I have a feeling that the red brick house beyond the flats might have been built in the mid-late 1950s, replacing an older house that was set further back.
The cream rendered houses: in the 1950s the one next to the red brick house was Wilmotts, the barber, and the second one was Bowers, a sweet shop. The Wilmotts were Jack and Vi.
The space beyond Bowers was occupied by Barhams, the fish shop, which had two sections. The first bit, next to Bowers, was open about two evenings a week for fish and chips; a sign would be put in the window earlier in the day saying "Frying Tonight". The second bit had a full width roller shutter that opened up to reveal the cold slab, which filled much of the fresh fish shop.
The house next to Barhams was occupied by a family called Bosher. The one at the far end of that row, number 131, was occupioed by a Mrs Eden and her son, John; I think Mrs Eden might have been a war widow.
Immediately beyond number 131 there was an entrance to the laundry in Victor Road. Beyond the laundry entrance was Comptons Garage, which closed some time in the 1950s, then the Queen's Head, then open space (possibly allotments) between there and the hospital.
Coming back from the flats, towards the photographer, and past him, is one house, with front wall just visible, then a row of five shops ending at the corner of Bolton Road. The house was the home of Mr & Mrs Stone (Bert and Grace), and there was a separate entrance for the office; their business was Harts. They sold coal in the winter, and hired out large tents and marquees and wooden folding chairs during the summer. Their summer business took them to large events all over the south of England, and they also provided the marquees for the Royal Windsor Horse Show. There was a big yard and garages at the back, accessed from Bolton Road via a lane behind the shops. Above the main garage there was a workroom where they maintained the tents. When Mr & Mrs Stone retired (to Oakley Green) the business was taken over by Derek Lane, who had worked for the Stones for some time.
Next to Harts, the first shop was Hudsons, the bakers (no 153). Bread was baked on the premises, and as well as being sold in the shop was delivered as far afield as Eton Wick. There must have been a lot of bakers between St Leonards Road and Eton Wick whose bread was not up to the standard of Hudsons! They also made jam doughnuts once a week. Mr Hudson died in about 1950; Mrs Hudson, with son Ron and daughter Rosie, continued with the business until about 1954-55, when it was taken over by a Mr and Mrs Anderson. The Andersons didn't bake their own bread, they bought it from another bakery, and they also sold cakes. This shop is now a private residence.
Next to the baker is the paper shop, now Hardings (no 155). The paper shop traded under the name Janes for many years. It was a registered trade name, and successive proprietors didn't bother changing it. At some stage in the 1920s or 1930s the paper shop was run by people called Marion, then it was taken over by Mr and Mrs Walkley (Alf and Florrie). In 1945, after the war ended, Florrie's nephew, Dick Price (my father), joined them, but our family didn't move to Windsor until after Uncle Alf died, in 1948. Because of the post-war housing shortage there was nowhere for us to live until Auntie Florrie vacated the accommodation at the shop. The Prices retired in 1984.
Next to us was a general shop (no 157) run by Mr and Mrs Brown; after Mr Brown died, Mrs Brown was joined by her widowed daughter, Betty Gilman, and they ran the business together for many years. Later I think there was a sign writing business there.
Next one along was an antique shop (no 159) run by Mr Dixon, who died in about 1956. The shop became a betting shop, but Mrs Dixon and her family continued to occupy the residential accommodation for some time.
The last shop, on the corner of Bolton Road, was Rothwell the grocer (no 1 Bolton Road). Mr Rothwell (Jack) was a Yorkshireman, and his wife (Jill) was from Eton Wick. This was possibly the first shop in Windsor to stock Wensleydale cheese.
Well, it's now lunch time, and I still don't know whether Stan Eldon ran in the 1948 Olympic torch relay, but I have enjoyed the reminiscences, and I hope they will be useful to you. Unfortunately I don't have any photographs of the area.
30-Mar-2010 10:43 AM
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31-Mar-2010 01:09 AM
Rothwells the grocers had just one son, Barry. No daughters.
31-Mar-2010 10:13 AM
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31-Mar-2010 05:51 PM
"Bedford Lodge.....Bedborough's land.......his 1851 development plan...."More info, please.
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31-Mar-2010 09:52 PM
Brian Stinton wrote:When I was a kid,Spital Hill was the bit that went down to Bolton Road from the Stag and Hounds.
31-Mar-2010 10:15 PM
1-Apr-2010 05:26 AM
I know the block of flats at the corner of Springfield Road and Alma Road (my friend Kath lived nextdoor to it at 93 Alma Road), but I'd never noticed the name Hatton Court. There was a youth officer in Windsor at one time called Bob Hatton. Coincidence? I like Brian's location for Spital Hill. It makes a lot more sense than the Osborne Road location on the 1823 map, especially as that bit of Osborne Road is quite flat. Hatton Hill I can understand, as Francis Road rises from Osborne Road to Alma Road. It brings back memories of walking along the top of the wall surrounding the bus garage - as you went down Francis Road the wall got higher and higher. Very scary for me with my lousy balance!Brian, I didn't know that your Uncle Jack went to the hospital to cut patients' hair once a week - I didn't know that you were related to the Wilmotts even. This reminds me of something my mother used to say - "You should be very careful what you say about people, because you never know whose relations you might be talking to - especially round here." As an outsider she had the impression that everyone in Spital was related. Going a bit further afield, one of my brothers was researching his wife's fairly close relatives (of whom she knew nothing - but that's another story), and found a family living here in Canberra. I had never actually met them, but I knew their name as two of their children were at school with my two!
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