My gran used to live in London Road in the 60s 70s and 80s in a flat above Elliott’s tool shop between Francis Street and Oxford Street. She had a large bay window on the first floor giving a great view over the street and all its comings and goings. She would spend hours sitting there watching all the crowds thronging up and down the street below, getting to know who was going where, when and why.
Watching the ‘old crocks’ race
We used to visit her most Saturdays joining in with the people watching, commenting on various characters and activities. It was also a great viewing point for the old crocks race with the competitors waving at us in the window. Most days she would go to the Open Market via the Francis Street entrance which was just across the road from her gated entrance there.
The Doctor Who police box
I also remember the Doctor Who police box at that entrance. Sadly she has passed away now and I am not sure if the lovely Edwardian flat she had there is now lived in. We moved to Cornwall some years ago and still have fond memories of the area and am quite shocked about the descriptions of the state of the area now.