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Marlborough Street

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Photo courtesy of Geoffrey O. Ogle

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2005

Photograph by Dave Saxton - 1982

The junction of Montpelier Road and Marlborough Street in 2011. On the left of the photograph the Dunkirk and Old Lenton Community Centre is currently undergoing a major refurbishment programme and the the roof is being retiled.

A close up of the end property on Marlborough Street. The TC picked out in tiles of a different shade refers to Tony Carroll who owned this and several other properties in the Dunkirk area. By trade a roofer, Mr Carroll evidently wanted his involvement in the property's refurbishment to be recorded for posterity. This particular piece of information has been supplied by Matthew Worth who provides some additional memories of his own below.

A 1982 view taken from Clifton Boulevard looking across the Dunkirk Primary School playground to Marlborough Street.

Photograph by Dave Saxton - 1979

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2005

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2016

Looking along Marlborough Street in the late 1970s. The properties in the middle distance on the left-hand side of the road are about to be demolished and their replacements were built soon afterwards. On the right-hand side of the road are the street markings indicating parking restrictions because of the presence of Dunkirk School.

The main entrance to Dunkirk Primary School as it looked in 2005. The school moved into these buildings in 1968 and their old premises turned into the Community Centre.

A 2016 photograph of the Dunkirk Children's Centre which opened on Marlborough Street in March 2008. This is one of a number of SureStart Children's Centres established by Nottingham City Council offering a range of services to parents with young children.

Photograph by Laurence Elman - 1980

Photograph by Laurence Elman - 1980

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2005

In 1980 Laurence Ellman took this photograph of the shop situated at the corner of Marlborough Street and Montpelier Road. He was a student at Nottingham University at the time. Soon after the photograph was taken the shop would undergo a major revamp.

Laurence also took a close-up of the shop window showing advertising for a range of beverages and jars of some of the sweets on sale in the shop.

This 2005 shot shows what changes were wrought to the exterior of the shop. After the flat-roofed extension was built at the rear of the property a new entrance to the shop was created with the old one simply being bricked up and the exterior walls rendered to hide what the builders had been up to.


Matthew Worth - Nottingham University 1995-1998, Nottingham Law School 1998-1999

I lived in Dunkirk as a student between 1997 and 1999 and residing nearby on Brailsford Road. The garden wall of the property with the letters TC on it also has "THE PIT II" picked out in different coloured brick, incorporated in the boundary wall fronting on to Montpelier Road. The original PIT, also owned by Tony Carroll, could be found on Lace Street painted on the front garden wall and was the nickname by which students knew the property.

I remember both Geoff's (the shop at the corner of Marlborough St.) and the Rubber Duck pub (now the Dunkirk Inn) especially fondly - particularly the latter's offering of free pool, and lunch and a pint for £2.50, on weekday afternoons!

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