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Carlin How from the Air

This aerial view of  Carlin How shows passing United buses in the square in the late 1960s and prior to the new road system.

Derick Pearson has happy memories of this area: ”The old Air Raid shelters on the common where the Tivoli Theatre stood many years before hand. We used to play on the roofs of these as children. The telephone box on the extreme left near the rear of Porritt’s shop where we used to get our Paraffin. We could stand here near the toilets and see the bus coming from Loftus and then run into the square to catch it as it came up the bank from the old lazy S bend road bridge. The houses in the centre island between the Skinningrove and Loftus road which belonged to Cunnington in my childhood days. Also the grass area in front of the houses in Stevenson Street, no fenced off gardens then and also behind Front Street the houses of Lax Street, all moved long before the new road was built. The School and playing field. The bus stands were bustling most of the day as the shifts changed on the works. So many memories from a small area.” Stephen Thornton asked: “What was the building to the left of the Maynard Arms, siding on to Chappies Bank? Has any one seen any photographs of the Air Raid shelters at the top of Queen Street? Same concrete roofs as these, ideal for playing on.”

Image courtesy of Carlin How Community Centre; thanks to Derick Pearson for the commentary of this now vanished scene and to Stephen Thornton for the update.

1 comment to Carlin How from the Air

  • Terry Robinson

    The building next to the Maynard Arms at the top of Chappies Bank was the National Provincial Bank in the early 1960’s. I hope this answers Stephen Thornton’s query.

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