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    Does anyone remember The Willows which was off Breck Road, near the junction of Belmont Road. My piano teacher lived at the vey bottom of this cul-de-sac of dark, Victorian cellar and attic houses, at the bottom of which was the back of Barker Dobson's sweet factory. I used to stand on Breck Road, looking into the Willows, hold my breath, and leg it to the bottom, as I was terrified of the dark shadows from the overhanging treees. I would not have been able to go there on my own these days!!!


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    yes I remember The Willows. Also Barker & Dobsons - the lovely aroma of sweets coming from there.

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    I have lived in the area for 30 years (redrock st) and now i live on the site of the willows. i remember in 1973 when they were knocking the houses down at the side of the montrose, facing the rock communtity centre. i watched a crane fall into the ground up to the top of the drivers cab. it took about 25 men to pull the crane out. i looked into the hole and i will never forget, there was a deep cavern with bricked arches. the next day i told my friend what happened and to show him where the crane had fallen into to. when we got to the site they had put steel threads across the hole and was pouring concrete onto a base they had made which had been slid under the threads. then i asked a cocky watchman to verify to my friend about the deep carven the driver had nearly fell into. he replied don't be bloody daft, have you been on the double diamond? and my mate laughed at me and called me the jackanory boy. those carvens are still here today and i can never prove it.
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    A pic of the Rock Community centre is on my site below. Try the post war b&w pics page.
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    Remember The Willows,used to deliver papers there when I worked for Pyes paper shop.It was the 2nd shop up Breck Rd from The Willows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by folkiesue View Post
    Does anyone remember The Willows which was off Breck Road, near the junction of Belmont Road. My piano teacher lived at the vey bottom of this cul-de-sac of dark, Victorian cellar and attic houses, at the bottom of which was the back of Barker Dobson's sweet factory. I used to stand on Breck Road, looking into the Willows, hold my breath, and leg it to the bottom, as I was terrified of the dark shadows from the overhanging treees. I would not have been able to go there on my own these days!!!
    Yes I remember the Willows well. I used to live there as a kid in one of those large crumbling houses. I remember the smell of Everton mints and sugared almonds. In the summer Barker and Dobson sweet factory roof became our playground and in the winter we played footie on the cobled street and were constantly being interupted by B&D wagons.

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