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28-10-11 Swill Bins and Tottenham Pudding
I remember in the late 1940s and early 1950s food swill bins being at the top of streets for folk to put their food waste in.
This was then taken by the Corporation to a factory on Stores Rd on the edge of the Racecourse. Here it was boiled up and put into dustbins for feed for pigs.
At the time we had pigs on a smallholding at Shardlow and used to collect about 10 bins at a time, it looked appalling and the smell of this so called animal food was disgusting, but the pigs thoroughly enjoyed it. We nicknamed it Tottenham Pudding. The amazing thing though was in the empty troughs after feeding the pigs we would find all sorts of kitchen cutlery also razor blades, it makes you wonder if the pigs ever swallowed any of these lethal objects but we never lost any animals.
Health and Safety would have a fit nowadays but this was just after the war when animal foodstuffs were in short supply.


Posted 10-10-11 by Victoria Asprey Hi, I'm trying to gather some information about Becket Street, in around the late 1940's early 1950's. My father was brought up in Macklin Street and surrounding areas. He remembers going to a Dairy factory/shop that was on Becket street as a young boy and remembers certain things about sheep guided to the cattle market and coming through Macklin Street to get to the market. He and my mother also mentioned going to a ration shop on east street to get powered milk as a child with the ration book....If you have any photos or further information about any of these memories and are happy to get in touch, please do....This will help my father immensely.
Hi Victoria, Regarding the place in Macklin St I think it was Cheshires Wholesale Grocers. I can't remember sheep being driven to market around those dates. The shop in East St doesn't ring any bells but the Co-op had shops on East St at that time. Can anyone give more info.


The Grand Theatre Babington Lane Derby
The Grand Theatre in Babington Lane.
Oliver Essex built The Grand Theatre Derby in 1886.
Frank Matcham altered the auditorium and the main entrance in 1889.
The Theatre had electricity installed in 1897.
The auditorium was again reconstructed by Frank Matcham in 1900 and by 1908 the capacity is known to have been around 2,500.
The Grand closed as a live Theatre on December 9th.1950 and in 1959 the building was converted into a Dance Hall.
From 1948 until its closure I went every week to this theatre we received a free weekly ticket for advertising the theatre on our shop front. Acts that I can remember seeing: Old Mother Riley, Norman Evans, Max Miller, Max Wall, Vic Oliver, Arthur Askey, Tommy Handley, The Crazy Gang, Jimmy James, Roy Castle, Eli Wood, Rob Wilton, Hutch, Gracie Fields, Tommy Trinder.


Christmas Treats
I remember in the late 1940s/1950s Christmas was very special as my grandma who had a grocery shop in Graham St. would get Thornton’s Chocolates, Walker’s Christmas Pudding and a Birds Tall Pork Pie as a special Christmas treat.


In the 1940s/1950s Radcliffe’s toy shop on the Spot was a treasure trove of toys.


Midland Drapery in East St at Christmas would have a basement filled with magical toys and a Santas Grotto.


The Central Educational Co. at the bottom of St Peter’s St. was filled with all sorts of books and stationery which after the stark years of the war was wonderful.


The Exchange & Mart Auction Rooms next door to the Derby Evening Telegraph offices Northcliffe House.


Derby Hippodrome
Derby Hippodrome
The Derby Hippodrome was designed by Marshall & Tweedy as a large Variety Theatre and opened on July 20th 1914 with a production called 'September Morn' The auditorium of the Hippodrome was constructed on three levels with Stalls, below ground, and two Circles, with a capacity of over 2,000. The Theatre had a successful few decades as a live theatre before being converted for cinema use in September 1930. The first film to be shown at the new Cinema was 'Sunnyside Up' on September 15th that year, it closed in 1950. The Derby Hippodrome reopened on December 23rd 1950 having been converted back to live theatre use after a short closure of two months. The Grand Theatre closed only two weeks earlier. The Theatre was again successful, run by the Stoll Theatres Corporation, putting on all types of shows, although Variety was its main fair.
With the advent of Television in the 1950s, like so many other Theatres around the Country, the Hippodrome's success was not to last. In January 1959, after the Christmas Pantomime was over, the Hippodrome closed its doors as a live Theatre for the last time. The Theatre remained unused and its future looked uncertain but in 1962 was bought by Mecca and converted for Bingo use. Bingo at the Hippodrome went on right up until 2007 when it finally closed its doors.


The Roller Skating rink on Ashbourne Rd was a great place of cheap entertainment.If I rememember correctly I think it was open in the late 40s and 50s.


Re Derby Mickleover Square 210
By Nigel Aspdin Thursday, October 06 2011,“I don't remember this image as it seems to pre-date my birth by just a year or two, and Mickleover is not my immediate patch anyway. But I do remember Williamsons only because the best treat I ever used to get as a child was a Williamsons Jap Cake from the Wardwick Williamsons shop, a chocolaty meringuey round cake with green coloured nuts on top. I would murder for one now. I checked the internet, I did not even know how to spell the word, and found the following comment, then a recipe: "They are an old fashioned cake, used to be able to get them at bakeries in the UK." 3 egg whites 170 gms caster sugar 85 gms ground almonds 2 tbs cornflour Whisk egg whites until stiff, then add half the sugar. Fold the remaining sugar with ground almonds and cornflour into mixture. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and spoon or pipe mixture into 5 cm circles. (This mixture will make about 12 circles) Bake at 150 C/ Regulo 2 for 40 minutes. Filling: My recipe has a coffee butter cream filling using 85 gm butter/ 115 gm icing sugar plus coffee essence and a little hot water. You could make a chocolate butter cream instead. Keep two of the cakes and sandwich the rest with the icing and spread a little icing round the side. Crush the other two cakes and roll the assembled cakes in the crumbs. I think that bakers then dribble a little melted chocolate over the cake to complete the decoration. Any old Williamsons bakers out there? Please make me a batch...I will pay dearly !!


Surprisingly if you Google “Williamsons” you find little information. 60's / 70's W. H.Williamson and Son was on the corner of Freehold St and Franchise St their cream cakes were a rival to Birds, They had shops on St Thomas's Road,East Street and the Wardwick. In the 50s,60s and 70s Birds wholesaled their cakes through several small independent shops, when they ceased this in the 70s these shops turned to Williamsons cakes. Anyone with further info.