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Photograph by Paul Bexon

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2005

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2005

A 2005 view looking along Warwick Street from its junction with Dunkirk Road. In 2004/5 a huge commercial unit was erected over on the Willow Road industrial estate and this can now be seen to dominate the sky line at the end of the street.

This property known as Warwick House is of a slightly older vintage than the other properties on the street. Whether it had more extensive grounds which were subsequently commandeered for the building of Warwick Street itself has yet to be determined.

Warwick House as viewed from the canal. In May 2004 when this photograph was taken the property was up for sale. Its continued future will no doubt depend on what any new owner has in mind.

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2005

Photograph by Denis Noble


This 2005 view shows Warwick Street looking towards Abbey Street and the Queens Medical Centre.

Denis Noble climbed to the top of the Dunkirk Fire Station tower in the early 1960s in order to take this particular shot. In the foreground you can see the roof of the PDSA building and beyond it the backs of the southern half of the Warwick Street properties. On the right is Warwick House in the days before its exterior walls were rendered. Lying off to the right, but obscured by the houses, is the Nottingham Canal and on the other side of the canal part of Fitchett & Woolacott timberyard can be seen.



Patricia Ashley

Warwick House No.40 Warwick Street

My grandfather, William Arnold Cowley, was born in Worcester in 1890 and on leaving school he joined the railway as a guard. He later moved to Oakham in Rutland. There he met a young woman called Louie Buzzard and they married in 1915. While they lived at Oakham they had five children. In 1926 he was got a new 'posting' and came to work on the railways at Nottingham. They lived in the railway cottage alongside the old level crossing at Church Street in Lenton where a further five children were born - what a life! They subsequently moved to Warwick House, No.40 Warwick Street in 1937 where their last child was born. During the Second World War William was involved in helping to transport German prisoners of war around the country. They eventually bought Warwick House in 1950 for £900. The story as it was told to me is that the person who owned the house wanted to sell it and if William hadn't bought it they would be out on the streets. So my grandparents decided they had better buy the property. My mother was Irene Ellen Cowley and she married Ronald William Elliott and I was born at Warwick House and spent my first eight years living there with my parents and grandparents. Two of my brothers were also born there. There are only two of William and Louie's eleven children still alive [2011]. One lives in Australia while the other one currently resides at Beeston, Nottinghamshire. My grandparents' youngest daughter also emigrated to Australia in 1966 but she passed away in November 2010. Grandpa died in 1969 and Granny died in 1971. The house was left jointly to their oldest and youngest sons consequently the house went up for sale after granny's death. Not only was my mother, Irene Cowley, married at Holy Trinity Church, but this was also where Joyce Cowley, Nora Cowley and John Cowley were all married.

Julia Pearl - Perth, Western Australia

Your 2005 photograph of Warwick Street, featured above, is of particular interest to me as I lived at 1A Warwick Street between 1955 and 1966. 1A is the property with the privet hedge, which was also there in my day, and has the black car parked alongside it. No.3, the adjoining property used to be a grocer's shop owned by Joan and Frank Ellis. They had two sons, Frankie and Jimmy, who were slightly older than me. Joan Ellis had previously been a teacher and took up teaching again after they left the shop in the late 60s/early 70s. Grenville and Shirley Murden then took over the shop. The Murden family were longstanding residents of the area and Graham's sister, Soo Murden, later went on to manage the Boat Inn on Priory Street.

As is probably evident from the photograph, our two properties were built at a somewhat later date than other houses on the street. They had three bedrooms and a bathroom and toilet upstairs - the latter facility was not all that common elsewhere on the street when I lived there.

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