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« Reply #105 on: Thursday, September 19, 2013, 23:10:21 »


How did did that little ol Collet crane reach the middle bits?
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« Reply #106 on: Thursday, September 19, 2013, 23:16:26 »

How did did that little ol Collet crane reach the middle bits?

The driver would reverse very fast and then stamp on the brakes!   Smiley
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« Reply #107 on: Thursday, September 19, 2013, 23:59:00 »

:Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:What was the thinking behind stopping the arkells so abruptly? And the mish-mash of seat colours?

they built the arkells behind the original north stand, then removed the old stand. The seat colours were probably because it was the 70's
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« Reply #108 on: Friday, September 20, 2013, 00:07:58 »

Yes, that's the old Spring Gardens. The bigger green area in Euclid Street is the site of the Civic Offices.

Spring Gardens is extant....it was named after a now demolished street called amazingly Spring Gardens, just down from Lowestoft Street. The site of the Civic was a rec, I'm wondering if those are sight screens visible. The other open spaces were mostly allotments, parts of which were turned into Queen's Park, alongside  Tommy Turner's claypits. Roughly the back of Queen's Park entrance on Groundwell Road, was the likely the site of a Roman building.
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« Reply #109 on: Friday, September 20, 2013, 08:25:57 »

Spring Gardens is extant....it was named after a now demolished street called amazingly Spring Gardens, just down from Lowestoft Street. The site of the Civic was a rec, I'm wondering if those are sight screens visible. The other open spaces were mostly allotments, parts of which were turned into Queen's Park, alongside  Tommy Turner's claypits. Roughly the back of Queen's Park entrance on Groundwell Road, was the likely the site of a Roman building.

Yep - spot on, Reg.  I had a school pal who lived in Spring Gardens and knew the area well in that era.  Those white structures do have the look of sight screens about them.  I wondered the same thing but have no recollection of Euclid Street pre-Civic Offices.
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« Reply #110 on: Friday, September 20, 2013, 18:43:15 »

 
How did did that little ol Collet crane reach the middle bits?

They built the middle first Too Cool
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« Reply #111 on: Friday, September 20, 2013, 18:54:18 »

I reckon there was more than one crane, perhaps one is encased in concrete in the middle of the stand  Smiley
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« Reply #112 on: Friday, September 20, 2013, 19:03:19 »

How did did that little ol Collet crane reach the middle bits?

It was a Sparrow's Crane.

Collett's Cranes used to have a green shed about half way down Drove Road just below The Vicarage. Like a lot of industrial Swindon, it got knocked down for housing...in this case retirement flats.
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« Reply #113 on: Friday, September 20, 2013, 19:27:45 »

It was a Sparrow's Crane.

Collett's Cranes used to have a green shed about half way down Drove Road just below The Vicarage. Like a lot of industrial Swindon, it got knocked down for housing...in this case retirement flats.

Says Collett on the crane in the picture  Hmmm

With Sparrows and cranes maybe we should bung this on the Birds thread.
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« Reply #114 on: Friday, September 20, 2013, 21:39:35 »

It was a Sparrow's Crane.

Collett's Cranes used to have a green shed about half way down Drove Road just below The Vicarage. Like a lot of industrial Swindon, it got knocked down for housing...in this case retirement flats.
Can remember it well and it was deffo Colletts.Think Swindon transport had the yard before and there was a hide and skin merchant opposite.
Chas Goodenough & sons removals office was nearby on Cricklade st.
Almost opposite ris a building with grey doors with a few packs of block paving out front,Goodenoughs used to park a couple of vans in there.
For the record ,Colletts head office  was at Langford,nr Filkins.
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« Reply #115 on: Friday, September 20, 2013, 22:25:08 »

Never lived in Swindon, my earliest memories of the town were...

You didn't reach the town until the railway bridge near the running horse
Duck son and pinker
The enclosed staircase opposite McDonalds
Macilroys
"Adverrrrr"
Rhapsody (where my sister shopped)
Our price records (somewhere near superdrug)
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« Reply #116 on: Friday, September 20, 2013, 22:28:33 »

Can remember it well and it was deffo Colletts.Think Swindon transport had the yard before and there was a hide and skin merchant opposite.


I lived just round the corner from the hide/skin place - used to stink on hot days.
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« Reply #117 on: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 18:07:11 »


That 1938 photo is actually cropped from a larger photo that shows the whole of Old Town and the surrounding area...




Question - if you zoom in on this photo you can see a massive house, left hand corner to the right of croft hill. Does anyone know what this is ? I don't think it is still there. Anyone know anything ?
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« Reply #118 on: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 18:18:52 »

A quick Google suggests that's The Croft, home of Levi Lapper Morse.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_Lapper_Morse

Now demolished and Hesketh Crescent sits in it's place.
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« Reply #119 on: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 18:20:36 »

A quick Google suggests that's The Croft, home of Levi Lapper Morse.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_Lapper_Morse

Now demolished and Hesketh Crescent sits in it's place.

Cheers Sam
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