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Claude Street - Dunkirk



Photographs | Family Memories | Street Map



Photographs
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Photograph courtesy of Lenton Local History Society  

 

Photograph courtesy of Lenton Local History Society  

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - March 2008 

 

 

The shop at the corner of Montpelier Road and Claude Street.  In the distance are some of the Beeston Road properties.  Whether the wildlife shown in this photograph were regular visitors to this part of Dunkirk is not known.

 

It may take some believing but this is what the property in the previous photograph looks like today (July 2005).  It has been converted into two separate businesses with the Dunkirk Chippy housed in the portion on the right.  When the photograph was taken the premises on the left were unoccupied.

 

A 2008 view looking along Claude Street from its junction with Montpelier Road.

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Pat Forster (nee Ellis)

 

Photograph courtesy of Pat Forster (nee Ellis)

 

Photograph courtesy of Pat Forster (nee Ellis)

 

 

Joan Ellis standing outside No.71 Claude Street in 1958 with her baby daughter, Angela, in her arms.

 

Looking along Claude Street in 1961/2 with Pat Ellis and pram in the foreground.

 

Maureen Ellis standing outside  No.71 Claude Street c. 1962.

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - January 2007

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - January 2007 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - January 2007

 

 

Ken Beckhaus who lives in Australia got in touch with us asking if we had a photograph of No. 39 Claude Street as his mother, Gwen Beckhaus (nee Atkinson) was born there in 1951 and it remained her family home until 1964.  We didn't but happy to oblige took these shots in January 2007.  The centre view is the house in question while the shots either side feature No.39 plus others on that side of the street.  Gwen was suitably grateful to receive her own copies of these photographs.

 

 

Family Memories

Pat Forster (nee Ellis)
Pat Ellis (left) and Pat Taylor (right), a friend from West Bridgford, taken in 1965I lived with my family at 71 Claude Street Dunkirk from 1956 to 1963. We are the Ellis family, consisting of Ted (dad), Joan (mam), Maureen, Pat, Angela and Debi.  After Claude Street we moved to West Bridgford where we lived for three years and then in 1966 the whole family emigrate to Australia and since 1966 I have lived in Sydney.  My sisters and I came back to England for a visit in 2005 – the first time I had been back in almost forty years. The memories came flooding back and made me realise how much I had enjoyed my childhood in Nottingham. The bonfire nights on ‘The Common’, the annual Goose Fair, the brownies and the coach trips from the Dunkirk Hotel to the seaside, organised by some good hearted souls who knew we wouldn't otherwise be able to afford a holiday.  We would play rounders and other such games in the street right into the evening and if dad had won on the horses we would get fish and chips from the very same chip shop shown in the photographs above. I can recall practically every household name from one end of Claude Street to the other.

Let us know your memories of Claude Street

 

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