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A Little Stonecrete history and the F.J.Moore Quarries Plymouth

A Little Stonecrete history and the F.J.Moore Quarries Plymouth

These are extracts from a book by Alec Wood who worked for F.J.Moore’s Stoncrete works at Pomphlett. He has written a number of books of his interesting life, his employment and times at Stonecrete, he worked for them prior to World War II as a trainee mould-maker and was later re-employed by them after the […]

April 2, 2013 | By | 7 Replies More
Village Pubs of Oreston

Village Pubs of Oreston

It has long been believed that Oreston had up to five pubs at times over the centuries. It is now thought that there could have been seven. These pubs could have been a formal public house or inn, as we know them today, or simply a room set aside in a private house where refreshments […]

May 15, 2012 | By | 4 Replies More
Radford Cottages and The Oldest Man in Oreston!

Radford Cottages and The Oldest Man in Oreston!

Fond memories of Hooe Lake and Radford by Alison Hanson… My great grandad, Caleb Samuel Carder (1875 – 1971) had an allotment on the hillside above Radford Quarry in Lower Saltram, on the left as you began downhill on the pot-holed gravel path just before what is now Kingfisher Quay. On the opposite side of […]

November 9, 2011 | By | 9 Replies More
The Eastern Hulks of Hooe Lake, Plymouth

The Eastern Hulks of Hooe Lake, Plymouth

The remains of hulks, or abandoned watercraft, located along the river edge and the intertidal zone are an important component of our maritime past. Often they represent the only remains of types of boats that are no longer afloat or very rare. In this article we look at those at the eastern end of the Lake

November 8, 2011 | By | 5 Replies More
Hooe Quarry – F.J. Moore, Lime & Stone Merchant

Hooe Quarry – F.J. Moore, Lime & Stone Merchant

My great, great grandfather Frederick John Moore established a quarrying firm in Plymouth during the early part of the last century (F J Moore).  During the late 1950’s my grandfather also Frederick Moore sold the family firm to English China Clays (ECC). One of the many quarries that they operated in the Plymouth area was […]

November 4, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
The Radford Story – My Childhood Days at Radford by Colin Stephenson

The Radford Story – My Childhood Days at Radford by Colin Stephenson

These are the memoirs of Colin Stephenson and his sister Sheila Coaker who were brought up living in Radford Castle. Colin was seventy seven when he wrote these words, he has now sadly passed on.

My earliest memories of Radford Castle are taken from the time when my parents moved in as Tenants and Gatekeeper in 1931 when I was about eighteen months ‘ old, along with my ten year old half- sister Edna and half-brother Roy aged twelve. Their mother had died at the age of thirty two and my father was a widower when he married my mother.

March 28, 2011 | By | 10 Replies More
Radford Walk and Talk – Part II

Radford Walk and Talk – Part II

With thanks to Kevin Warley for his Radford ‘Walk and Talk’ of the 5th December 2009. The following notes are provided for the purpose of interest only, as recalled by a member of the group attending the walk. Accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Radford House: The group walked over to the main site of where Radford […]

March 28, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Hooelake hulks & wrecks inspire art and memories!

Hooelake hulks & wrecks inspire art and memories!

Whilst perusing the pictures at the Plymouth Society of Artists art exhibition in Plymouth Museum Art galleries recently, I came across a pleasing painting of one of the old rotting hulks lying in Hooe Lake. The painting brought back childhood memories of the 50’s when around the age of 14yrs ( I’m now 66) the most rebellious thing I ever did was to steal two cigarettes from my mother’s pack, and with a friend, paddled out to the rotting barges towards the middle…

February 28, 2011 | By | 5 Replies More
Radford, The Harris Family, Drake and Raleigh!

Radford, The Harris Family, Drake and Raleigh!

The early history of Radford is not very well documented. There have been various Roman and Bronze age references and undoubtedly, because of the location of Radford, it is likely that various settlements would have existed. Easy access to the sea and good cultivation and grazing land would have been very attractive to early man. […]

February 6, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
Ghosts and Myths of Radford House & Hooe Lake

Ghosts and Myths of Radford House & Hooe Lake

GHOSTS AND MYTHS OF RADFORD HOUSE There are several ghosts associated with Radford which considering its age and history is not so surprising. Take the ghost of a monk in full habit who was seen on many occasions to be at the Radford lodge gates but no one ever saw his face! Servants at the […]

October 31, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More