Afternoon naps on the camp bed
I went to Carden School in 1952 and remember having sleeps on a little camp bed on the concrete, outside the classrooms and in direct sunlight, as they wanted to prevent us getting rickets! I can remember the long corridors, they seemed endless when I was trying to get out to see my mum at the end of the day. I spent seven years there, and as I got older I used to go over the road to the shops and buy broken biscuits. I remember there was a barber/hairdresser in the same parade of shops, and when I was older I did a paper round from the newsagents there. We used to go to the County Oak pub; they had a little hatch where we used to buy a bag of Smiths crisps with a little bag of salt in a blue wrapper. Things were so wonderfully simple then.
Sledging in the snow
I lived in Carden Hill, and remember Mr Lawrence coming every fortnight to collect the insurance money. I also remember the rag and bone man coming on a Saturday morning early and waking me up. Then there was the onion man – not sure how often but he came from France with strings of onions around his neck on a bike. When it snowed we used to go out on a sledge my dad made, on the slope from Carden Hill going down into Hartfield Avenue. We would narrowly miss the twitten) that took you into the road below.
Icicles on the inside
I remember that I used to have to walk up Carden Hill to the petrol station at the top, with a can to get it filled up with paraffin. At the time our only form of heating was a paraffin heater. It was supposed to keep us warm. In actual fact it did not do much of a job because in the really cold weather there were icicles on the insides of the windows. I also remember the trolley buses. Unfortunately they were always breaking down because the arms would come off the rails. Hard but happy days.
Do you remember?
Did you go to this school? When did you attend? Do you remember the camp beds? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.