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Clacton and Prefabs

Author: Gordon rogers Published: 9th November 2011 20:28

  

This was taken during the late 1940s and early 1950s. The Clacton was very important meeting place for all the locals and was always full. You can see the chalk pit to the right of the picture which now has houses built on.

The boys in the picture were playing in and around a large ditch, sorry but their names have long since been forgotten.

This is the same area today 9th November 2011.

This is a view to the corner of Cheltenham Road and Allaway Ave. It looks slightly different today as there has been a pair of semis added to the gap between the brick built houses.

In those days the only phone box was in Allaway ave at the end of the brick houses going up Allaway Ave.You can just see the little black oblong shape against the gable end of the painted house. Oh and the Link Road of course and all the traffic lights.

The horse belonged to a local trader. I can't remember who, but it would be interesting if anyone can remember.

This is the corner of Cheltenham and Allaway ave today. Note the house that has been added.

This is a view looking towards Wymering Lane.

The two brick built houses behind the trees  are still there today in the upper half of Wymering Lane, just above the Link Road at the crossing point to the lower half. 

The Upper Manor orchard was to the right of the right hand side brick house, this blocked off any access to cosham down the field 

There was a large flat area in front of the trees where we used to play cricket in the summer.

In this picture my father is just preparing the ground for potatoes, this was within the first few years after we moved in.

On the hill to the left hand side of the pic is Fort Purbrook above the prefabs.

The picture is very old but any image is better than no image.

This is the view towards cosham

This pic is of our prefab in witch we lived for 13 very happy years.

The two dots in the front door opening are our cats Bubbles and Squeek.

Above the prefab to the right of the chimney you can just make out the electric pylon which still there today, not far from the general store in Halstead road.

The road is still the same as I remember it, apart from the car park areas and dropped kerbs, (there were not many cars in those days only one that I can remember).

Some info about the prefabs:

These were very modern in their day, we had hot water (via a cylinder), modern style bathroom with basin and toilet.

(We came from a house with the toilet in a shed out side, a galvanised tub for a bath, which was put in the dining room in front of a fire).

The two bedrooms had timber floors which were polished with built in wardrobes, draws and cupboards.

In the kitchen/Diner we had a Fridge and cooker all built in with a sink and draining board (not many people had a Fridge in those days).

The lounge had a coal fire (central heating was not  a requirement in those days) and brown polished floors, the lounge had two windows as seen to the right of the front door.

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Barry
At 18:45 on 4th November 2011, Barry commented:
Hi Gordon,just wondering after seeing these old prefabs, if anyone has any old pics of the prefabs that were in Newport Rd Cosham.This is where the Lynx Tax offices are now
Gordon rogers
At 20:19 on 4th November 2011, Gordon rogers commented:
Hi Barry, I remember several lads from that area, one was on the gas board with me.
There must be loads of pictures out there, I keep plugging this site to try to get more pics.
I did see a very good pic of one of the prefabs in colour, (they must have been rich lol), in this news letter.
There is a plan of all the areas that had prefabs some where out there, as I saw them at a meeting of the freinds of Wymering.
Barry
At 17:32 on 7th November 2011, Barry commented:
Hi Gordon,as you say there must be plenty of photos out there of that area.I was just a lad then and moved from there to Camcross Close in Paulsgrove.Our back garden backed on to the ground that is now King George Playing fields.I have seen an area pic of Newport Rd at the time they were doing the big roundabout at Hilsea.
Eddy
At 15:21 on 10th December 2012, Eddy commented:
Hi, li Ived at Washbrook Rd. from 1939 to1949 before any of Paulsgrove estate and prefabs were built. I remember mine hosts at the Clacton were Mr.and Mrs Jarman throughout that period.The Clacton P.H. was on the corner of the field in which the only thing standing were 3/4 Nissen huts half way along Clacton Rd. which were being used to store bombed out peoples furniture. In Photo 3 the first house in Cheltenham Rd.,was.lived in by my Uncle and aunts family. The last house at the west end of the road was used as the school office for Hillside infants when it was just wooden huts. Portsdown school was used for boys in the west end but the east end (girls) was
in use as a Barracks for an all coloured American Regt.The boys headmaster was Mr. Sherwood who took morning assembly dressed in Naval Officers uniform(wavy navy). Got lots more memories of that time.
Gordon rogers
At 16:36 on 10th December 2012, Gordon rogers commented:
Hi Eddy, Nice to see your comment and pleased it may have brought back some good memories.
I remember the Littlefield family that lived in cheltenham as I went to school with one of them, His father ran the Hillside youth club.
It would be nice to see some pictures if you have any of the area
Gordon rogers
At 16:36 on 10th December 2012, Gordon rogers commented:
Hi Eddy, Nice to see your comment and pleased it may have brought back some good memories.
I remember the Littlefield family that lived in cheltenham as I went to school with one of them, His father ran the Hillside youth club.
It would be nice to see some pictures if you have any of the area
Roy
At 17:27 on 4th January 2014, Roy commented:
Hi Gordon, My Son married KEN LITTLEFIELDS daughter. He now lives in Paulsgrove. Kens Mum still lives in the same house in Cheltenham Road.
Any more info needed just e mail me
Roy
Eddy
At 09:40 on 5th January 2014, Eddy commented:
Hi Gordon Rogers,I don't know your age but I am 80yrs.but like most people can still remember the past better than the present. I faintly remember a "Rogers" in Braintree or possibly Sudbury Rd. Relatives perhaps? Neighbourhood kids I can remember include George Deathers,Harry Fleet,Jimmy Coleman,Brian Littlejohn,Godfrey Mitchell,John Mcarthy,Michael Wilcox,Clive Hooker,Albert Russell.Bertie Chalmers,Billy Bebe,Reggie Laxton Claude Shergold,Frankie Steere David Longyear,Peter Copsey,Eddy Squibb,Brian Jeffries,Raymond Rose.the Phillips brothers, to name a few. I wont bore you with more but I suspect there are still a few families with those surnames still in the area.
Gordon rogers
At 09:53 on 5th January 2014, Gordon rogers commented:
Hi Roy, I went to school with Ken, it dose not seem so long ago but in reality it is.
I have great memories of Hillside youth club, (which his father, Ernie, ran along with his wife (Pat ?).
My friends and I used to go there on our Motor bikes although it might have been quicker to walk as you can see in the pictures.
I met my wife there as did a few of my friends.
I have not seen Ken since before my wife and I got married.
Gordon rogers
At 10:04 on 5th January 2014, Gordon rogers commented:
Hi Eddie I remember Thr Rogers family you mention, but they were no relation to us.
I lived in Halstead Road.
I am 71 so the people you mention I do not remember, however I do know some of the names Shergold and Squib.
I belive Squibby married Ken Littlefileds sister Eva.
Great memories from those times and I still see some of my old mates from back then.
atkinsclan
At 20:12 on 25th February 2014, atkinsclan commented:
HI, im seeing if anyone remembers my family, they lived in 79 Washbrook Road, my dad was Melvyn Wilcox, my uncle Michael Wilcox, my nan Winifred and granddad William. unfortunately my dad recently passed away but he spoke many happy memories of his time in washbrook road. somewhere we have some photos of his house and friends that was around the, I will try and dig them out, any info you can give me on my family would be really appreciated as I have no one left to ask.

Thankyou
Angie
Eddy
At 14:26 on 26th February 2014, Eddy commented:
Hi ,Angie, I lived at no.85 Washbrook Rd.
The only family member I can bring to mind is Michael Wilcox ,he was about two yrs.younger than me and was friendly with my brother. I chiefly remember him because his Mother had him taking piano lessons at home ( an unheard thing amongst us riff raff).Next door to the Wilcox family at (no.81) was the Phillips family with about seven kids and at no.75 was the Hooker family where two kids Clive and Teresa Hooker lived . If there is any thing else I can help with ,please ask.
atkinsclan
At 19:46 on 26th February 2014, atkinsclan commented:
Oh thank you. Sounds about right, my dad did say she made them to do piano, think that why both boys rebelled so much,
atkinsclan
At 13:12 on 1st March 2014, atkinsclan commented:
Hi, I would like to add a picture of V day in washbrook road, can someone tell me how to do it? im finding this website quite hard to work out
Eddy
At 14:32 on 1st March 2014, Eddy commented:
Click on "zinger amazing" on the page heading and then click "images" followed by "upload" from the centre of the top line.
atkinsclan
At 11:03 on 2nd March 2014, atkinsclan commented:
http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/images/thumb.asp?f=%2Fimages%2Fimgstore%2F47%5Fp32628%5F6257jq725s%2Etif&w=240&h=135
Eddy
At 15:32 on 2nd March 2014, Eddy commented:
That didn`t work.Did you check size and Format e.g. JPG is suitable.
Please try again as I would love to see photos of that area and time as I do not possess even one. Any chance of emailing them to me
atkinsclan
At 15:53 on 2nd March 2014, atkinsclan commented:
this has to be the hardest website to get to grips with, have you a email address I can send it to? mines angieatkins@hotmail.co.uk
Eddy
At 07:55 on 3rd March 2014, Eddy commented:
Hi Angie, I expect my email went in your junk file,so here it is again.
edwinh@ntlworld.com
Rickw
At 19:31 on 28th April 2014, Rickw commented:
My Nan and Grandad lived in the prefabs in Tunstal Road.I remember painting his shed with my mate George using and old tin we found in his shed ( old anderson shelter). Bless him he gave us a tanner each but had to spend a weekend clearing up the mess we made of it.
Alan
At 20:50 on 22nd July 2014, Alan commented:
Hi my name is Alan Green I lived at 59 Ludlow road. its great to hear names from the past, and to see old photos. I am now 69yrs and remember my days at paulsgrove with great affection.I can remember going over to the Clacton for a beer in the half time break at Hillside youth club, at that time I would have been 14 or 15 yrs old. great times. I have been trying to trace John Weston he lived with his brother Tony in Allaway. does anyone know how to contact him.
jules
At 21:41 on 10th August 2014, jules commented:
Hi, I lived in the prefabs No 37 Fairfield Square from 1946 to 1962 I new the Locke, Marchment, Kaminski, Budd,Rogers, Fletcher. I expect I knew more, but cannot remember their names. maybe their is someone who remembers me Julia Clegg and my sister June
jules
At 21:41 on 10th August 2014, jules commented:
Hi, I lived in the prefabs No 37 Fairfield Square from 1946 to 1962 I new the Locke, Marchment, Kaminski, Budd,Rogers, Fletcher. I expect I knew more, but cannot remember their names. maybe their is someone who remembers me Julia Clegg and my sister June.
Eddy
At 08:01 on 11th August 2014, Eddy commented:
Hi I seem to remember a girl called Rita Hatney living in Fairfield Sq.
Does this ring a bell?
Gordon rogers
At 08:48 on 11th August 2014, Gordon rogers commented:
Hi Julia, I asked my wife who remembers the name Clegg from Portsdown School. Her name was Christina Beardsworth and lived in Wymering lane by the phone box on the corner of Mablethorpe Rd.
Gordon rogers
At 08:49 on 11th August 2014, Gordon rogers commented:
Hi Julia, I asked my wife who remembers the name Clegg from Portsdown School. Her name was Christina Beardsworth and lived in Wymering lane by the phone box on the corner of Mablethorpe Rd.
jules
At 20:44 on 11th August 2014, jules commented:
Hi Eddy, Sorry cannot remember a Rita Hatney only Rita Fletcher
jules
At 20:45 on 11th August 2014, jules commented:
Hi Eddy, Sorry cannot remember a Rita Hatney only Rita Fletcher
jules
At 20:45 on 11th August 2014, jules commented:
Hi Eddy, Sorry cannot remember a Rita Hatney only Rita Fletcher.

jules
At 20:50 on 11th August 2014, jules commented:

Hi Gordon, Your wife's name rings a bell, I am 67 and my sister June is 72.
Gordon rogers
At 21:15 on 11th August 2014, Gordon rogers commented:
Hi Thee Beardsworths were Barry, Susan, Jenny, Bobby, Cristina, and two other sisters were Pat and Dot the oldest Brother was David. ranging in age from 63 to 78. Jenny would be the same age as yourself.
John Littlefield
At 22:29 on 12th December 2015, John Littlefield commented:
Can anyone please tell me anything about the Littlefield families of Paulsgrove. I'm researching my family tree & trying to find a connection between my line & that of the Littlefields of Paulsgrove. I believe that a Littlefield from the area was a Boxing promoter
I lived in Almond Close, Bedhampton, on the boundary of Farlington between 1956 & 1966 before getting married in 1973 & living in Drayton & then Purbrook. Thank you.

John Littlefield
At 22:30 on 12th December 2015, John Littlefield commented:
Can anyone please tell me anything about the Littlefield families of Paulsgrove. I'm researching my family tree & trying to find a connection between my line & that of the Littlefields of Paulsgrove. I believe that a Littlefield from the area was a Boxing promoter
I lived in Almond Close, Bedhampton, on the boundary of Farlington between 1956 & 1966 before getting married in 1973 & living in Drayton & then Purbrook. Thank you.

John Littlefield
At 22:30 on 12th December 2015, John Littlefield commented:
Can anyone please tell me anything about the Littlefield families of Paulsgrove. I'm researching my family tree & trying to find a connection between my line & that of the Littlefields of Paulsgrove. I believe that a Littlefield from the area was a Boxing promoter
I lived in Almond Close, Bedhampton, on the boundary of Farlington between 1956 & 1966 before getting married in 1973 & living in Drayton & then Purbrook. Thank you.

Gordon rogers
At 10:23 on 13th December 2015, Gordon rogers commented:
Hillside Youth Club in Cheltenham road Paulsgrove was owned by Peggy and Ernie Littlefield, they had a Daughter and a son there names were Eva and Peter, these are the only two I remember. There was a varied array of youth activity's at the centre including boxing, football, canoeing, all the usual youth activities. I am sure if you go to the new Hillside centre you will find out all you need to know.
Gordon rogers
At 10:24 on 13th December 2015, Gordon rogers commented:
Hillside Youth Club in Cheltenham road Paulsgrove was owned by Peggy and Ernie Littlefield, they had a Daughter and a son there names were Eva and Peter, these are the only two I remember. There was a varied array of youth activity's at the centre including boxing, football, canoeing, all the usual youth activities. I am sure if you go to the new Hillside centre you will find out all you need to know.
mullen
At 21:00 on 21st January 2016, mullen commented:
Hello I'm hoping someone can help me find my late fathers family.My grandfather lived at 30 Mablethorpe Road his name was Christopher Mullen he lived with his wife and 3 children there names were Barry Pat and Francis I last visited there in 1983 . I know my grandfather went back to Ireland in the 90s. I'm wanting so much to find Barry Pat and Francis who would be now in there early late 60s Here's Hoping, ...Paulina email manubird53@hotmail.com
mullen
At 21:00 on 21st January 2016, mullen commented:
Hello I'm hoping someone can help me find my late fathers family.My grandfather lived at 30 Mablethorpe Road his name was Christopher Mullen he lived with his wife and 3 children there names were Barry Pat and Francis I last visited there in 1983 . I know my grandfather went back to Ireland in the 90s. I'm wanting so much to find Barry Pat and Francis who would be now in there early late 60s Here's Hoping, ...Paulina email manubird53@hotmail.com
mullen
At 21:01 on 21st January 2016, mullen commented:
Hello I'm hoping someone can help me find my late fathers family.My grandfather lived at 30 Mablethorpe Road his name was Christopher Mullen he lived with his wife and 3 children there names were Barry Pat and Francis I last visited there in 1983 . I know my grandfather went back to Ireland in the 90s. I'm wanting so much to find Barry Pat and Francis who would be now in there early late 60s Here's Hoping, ...Paulina email manubird53@hotmail.com
Nev K
At 22:31 on 2nd September 2017, Nev K commented:
Hi I was born in cheltenham rd in 1964 lived there till i was in my late 30s.My mum had the house on the corner of lydney cls since the mid 50s Fred Knight and Betty Knight but my mum lived in cheltenham rd with her parents from 1939 when the houses were first built.Peggy Littlefield (mbe) and Ernie had the club frombefore i was born and peter Littlefield has a son called Peter,also my uncle lived half way up washbrooke 51 i think John Knight and my uncle lived in fairfield sq Kenny knight.my Grand parents lived in mablethorpe rd Jim and Annie knight until they moved down to the isle of wight estate.

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