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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
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 | 10 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
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