My reply from Bob Noble who is in his 90s.
Posted by Norman Dunn on September 13, 2021, 19:00:11
Bob Noble attended the Quay Board School and is now in his 90s. The other day he mentioned he'd love to see one of the aerial views of the street he was brought up in, Campbell St. It ran from Argyle St to the back lane at the bottom of the Wooden Bridge. That bridge went over the railway lines to Hedgeley Rd. I found a decent aerial view for Bob (Yesterday's 'another History lesson) and sent him a copy. Here below is his reply. |
Can you believe all this from a man in his 90s.?
A million thanks, an exelent find, good quality image, all I asked for. You are certainly looking after me.
I have shown your posted picture to my daughter who is highly delighted to see the street, and surounding area,where I was born ,never haveing much idea what it realy looked like all those years ago.
Did you know that the then house numbering in Campbell Street had the even numbers on the left hand side and the odds on the right, starting with the lowest numbers at it's junction with Argyle Street. I wonder if that was the plan when numbering other streets/ roads in and around the Quay. given that way back then many dwellings were identified by name/ business etc; only. I think you will find that today, with very few exceptions,evens to the right, odds to the left when traveling along it's length with houses on both sides, check it out localy
The houses on Campbell Street opposite each other were of a different plan. The left-even side- were dwellings built one above the other. numbers 2 to 48. Each had it's own front door placed side by side, the left door gave access to the downstair dwelling, the right gave entrance to the top dewlling- each one sharing the same back yard.
The right side, odd numbers - 1 to 21 were through houses having one room down stairs. ( it only went up to 21 when I lived there,) with a half extention at the rear housing a small bedroom just big enough to fit in a duble bed plus a chest of drawers. This was divided from the scullery by a single brick wall. The up stairs had only one room, which I shared with my mum and dad, one window , one small fireplace, and one door in and out. The floor area being the same as the one room downstairs. A small back yard with coal house next to the ( nettie ) ' loo', and door opening out onto the back lane, shared with Dunhope Street.
My grandma Gordon kept three hens -in a hencree -a place to keep hens - in the back yard( not at all sure of the spelling ) ,it seems to have disappeared from the O E D, also the obligatory cockrerel spending most of his time locked in the coal house, when let loose he went berserk!! I am not surprised- kept away from his lady friends!- only grandma could deal with the devil.
Just a thought that someone may find this snippet of life in 'The quay' interesting.?