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    I spent my childhood in Ponsonby Street, L8, 1948 to 1960. The street was divided into two equal parts by Granby Street. I lived in the lower part that ran between Granby Street and Mulgrave Street.

    There was a very strong street culture especially as far as chidren and young people were involved. We used to play games in the street and activities that moved with the seasons. We had football, cricket, marbles, tennis and main events like Guy Faulke's night. There were street parties for the Queen's Coronation 1953 and The Festival of Britain in 1951.

    There were running and chasing games, all very innocent as I recall but I expect that some of the chasing develped into boys chasing after girls.

    There was something of a gang culture too and you had to be an insider to avoid getting into scrapes. Unfortunately for me I didn't have the knack of doing that and often ended up being bullied. The kids who went to the grammar schools or the technical schools were held in a kind of suspicion by the others. The street was 100% white working class in those days. I remember when the first black family moved in in 1960 or thereabout.

    When the nights drew in we used to play in the dark by the light of two street gas lamps attached to the front of two houses on opposite sides of the street.


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    My family thought that we were a cut above the average but in truth we were scruffs because m father drank and there were far too many children in our family.

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    There must be people who remember Ponsonby Street. Are you all too shy?

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    Dunno - where the Dickens is it?
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    I know it - - it's off Granby st.

    I did know one family who lived there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasper View Post
    There must be people who remember Ponsonby Street. Are you all too shy?
    From memory, I think the street is no more. It was demolished about 3 years ago.

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    What was the name of the familly you knew who lived there?

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    And does anyone have a photo of Ponsonby St?

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    I lived there from early 70's till the mid 80's. Many fond memories and still in my dreams.

    Only the tip exists as seen in my profile picture/album, the rest is a new "Millenium Road".

    Those were the days!

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    my name tony walsby, had a mate in ponsomby street in the 1953. and whent to granby street school. i lived in mulgrave street

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    does any one have photos of mulgrave street in the 1950 to 59, when i last visited, that street did not reconize it, has all the old victorian houses have gone

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    Mulgrave Street in 1969



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    Lovely photo Ged ,
    I remember a lad " Ritchie " He still lived there in 1981 & a lot of the houses there were being borded up .
    he lived on the left hand side ,
    I lived in Tiber St , many moons ago

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    thank you ged, for pic of mulgrave st

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    some one must have more pictures of mulgrave st when t roads were cobbled

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    Ore granby picture house used to be called the bug house

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    Quote Originally Posted by gorgeous View Post
    Lovely photo Ged ,
    I remember a lad " Ritchie " He still lived there in 1981 & a lot of the houses there were being borded up .
    he lived on the left hand side ,
    I lived in Tiber St , many moons ago

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    Ritchie Williams - he lived 2 doors away from me at no. 30? His Dad (Big Ritchie) used to have an old Ford Zephyr I think it was. He had a sister called Gloria. Is that the one you knew?

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    Hiya Barry ,
    Yes that's the same Ritchie , 0) Not seen anything of him since the 80's .

    Karen xx
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