My first bottle of beer
I used to live at 6 Belton Road, during the 1950s/ 60s. Looking back, I remember it as being very steep and leading, to the north, to Roundhill Road. Around the late 1950s, a family up the road had the first car in the street. It seemed an exotic thing to have. Around the corner, at the bottom of Roundhill Road, was Sheath’s the grocers and on the other corner, The Roundhill Tavern, where I bought my first bottle of beer and was very much underage. Further up Ditchling Road was a baker’s shop which still dealt in farthings. After the baker’s came Dalton’s newsagents, where you could browse though a range of small sweets.
Walking to school
I went to the Down’s School, and later to Fawcett School. The Down’s School was in walking distance of Belton Road, although I doubt that any child would be allowed to walk that distance, on his or her own, today. I remember ‘The Flats’ opposite Belton Road, being built in the 1950s. I don’t remember if they had a proper, collective name. They were always known as The Flats. Probably like a lot of adults, when I went back to Belton Road I found it much narrower than I remember. I suppose that when you are small, everything looks wider and bigger.
Do you remember?
Did you live in Belton Road? Or did you live in a street nearby? Do you remember the shops? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.