Rose tinted spectacles?
I lived in Spring street for the first eleven years of my life from 1954 to 1965. Perhaps I am looking back with rose tinted spectacles, but it does to me represent the perfect English nostalgic upbringing. It was mainly residential with the shops you needed on the top corner. You had the grocery shop first owned by the Cummings, then the Ledbetters; on the same side going down there was a greengrocers, then there was Charles Mussins the tailors. After that was a cafe, halfway down a few houses, then a hairdressers, more houses, then the Rob Roy café, and the back entrance to what was then Boots.
A mysterious door
On the other side going up the Western Road shop side there was a small door when women would go for ‘haute couture’, which was a great mystery to me. After an alley there was the Shakespeare’s Head run by Sydney Burger, over the road to Forfar’s with its windows which I used to be able to stand in. After these was a house, then a newsagent. I know there are now a series of houses there next but they are not original. I grew up in number 6 and at the time the houses went all the way up to the church buildings at the top.
Houses demolished in 1965
We were moved out in 1965 when they knocked them all down to extend the school playground. I am not sure when they rebuilt the few that are there now, but the scale is wrong and my old front door is at least a whole house out. Those were happy times; I knew everyone and every house was open to me. Being a latchkey kid didn’t matter then as I had many other families to choose from. You could play on the street because there was a lot less traffic. My dad even parked his cab outside our house at the end of the day, no problem. Handy for town, handy for school, but I don’t miss the outside loo at the end of the garden.