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|Roderic Kyle, 25th May 2014|
|roddykyle AT yahoo DOT com|
Went to Queen Mary's from 1953 until getting kicked out in 57- head's arm was knackered after caning me all the time- on the bare backside. Where's Denny Bone and Nobby Stubbs- Winchester Road....my partners in crime? We all ended up in the military and I said bye bye to Basingstoke...now a concrete jungle! My sister went to the Girls High School...I see one of her friends on this site...Carla Atherton. Any other reprobates there from the 50's!
|Rita Burton, 3rd April 2014|
|found||on the computer|
originally from london lived
in popley 1 basingtoke from1966
i worked at pan books for a
while. boring job but good books cheap lol
i knew a janet denby now divorced but still lives in basingstoke went to the shrubbery to have my baby but i was sent to winchester hospital instead but back to the shrubebry afterwards lovely home it was .
|Julie Collison, 30th September 2013|
|Missudy12 AT bigpond DOT com|
|comment||I grew up in Basingstoke, came to Australia in 1977 when I was 20 went to Shrubbery girls school, worked after school in the bakery parslows? I think it was called on the way down to the bus station. Love this site, all the old places , the Granery shame it had to close, my teacher and her husband ran that place, wish I could remember her name, a really dedicated teacher.|
|Joeff, 30th July 2013|
|comment||I really liked Basingstoke. It seems like a nice place to live and so handy for London! "<>|
|Ian Richards, 24th July 2013|
|iandlrichards AT tiscali DOT co DOT uk|
|comment||Mary, was your maiden name Cheale? If so I attended a couple of your camps.|
|Ian, 24th July 2013|
|found||Googling murders in Basingstoke!!|
Hackwood Park when I was 10 (1956) and have lived in the area since.
Attended the Shrubbery Junior School and then Fairfields Sec Modern school. Last year of school was at Charles Chute school, Queen Marys Avenue.
First job was at Smith Bros Corn, Seed and Fruit merchants in (old) Wote Street.
|mary braithwaite, 24th June 2013|
|maryruthbraithwaite AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk|
|comment||We lived at Farleigh Dene, Cliddesden and my father was an evangelist with the European Christian Mission.We cared for many teenagers and children at our big house and Dad and Mum told them about the Bible and Christianity.They prayed for many years that God would send a revival to the Churches and in 1961 a revival began in our very home in Cliddesden and was to spread throughout the whole world. Many new Churches were built throughout the world and a lot of new hymns written and great musical instruments introduced to the Churches. It is still powerful to this day.|
|Trevor, 20th June 2013|
|comment||I was born in
'The Shrubbery' maternity home in Clillesden Rd on 20/10/1960. My parents
moved from the area to central Essex (where i have resided for 50 years). I
was sorry to read my place of birth was closed and then finally demolished
in the early 1990's ...
However happy to learn it was the former home of the Burberry fashion chain originator, and that to the people of Basingstoke it is gone but not forgotten. Very informative site.
|Maureen Breathnac, 24th May 2013|
|from||Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA|
|mbreathnac13 AT gmail DOT com|
|comment||I love this
site. I spent my first 21 years in Basingstoke before emigrating to Canada.
Just happened to find this site while searching for information about the Shrubbery Maternity Home. People think I'm nuts when I tell them I was born in "the shrubbery".
|Jennifer A Miller, 19th May 2013|
|comment||Great site! re: Heather Long's post, I attended B'stoke High School for Girls from 1955 to 1960, and remember Miss Arkell too. Also Miss Wood (sigh), the Misses Hunt (geography and math) Miss Clarke, Miss Green, Mrs. Bruce, Miss Bryant, Miss Bloomfield et al. Other girls included Erica Smith, Jenny Jacobs, Rexine Cousin, Jocelyn Doig, Carla Atherton and an American named Starr Gunning, tho' I may have made her up! I've lived in America since 1969, these memories coming back now maybe because my grand-daughter just turned 11...as did I when passing the 11+ and starting B'stoke High School. Long time ago...|
|Heather Long, 26th February 2013|
|from||Forest of Dean|
|comment||I was listening to BBC Radio 4 Soul Music featuring the Pergolesi Stabat Mater and this took me straight back to singing this work in the Choir at Basingstoke County High School. I attended from 1959 to 1964. Our music teacher/choir mistress was Miss Arkell who gave me a love and understanding of many classical pieces of music. I was born in Basingstoke and lived there until I was 18. Very interesting to read other people's memories and comments.|
|WILL, 25th January 2013|
|found||BEEN ON BEFORE|
|west1da AT hotmail DOT co DOT uk|
went to school in the town(1960`s)and now living in Gloucestershire, there
is a wealth of old photo`s of 60`s Basingstoke on line. Hampshire County
Council site for one, the Willis museum site another, with the local paper
the Gazette posting still/video clips on you tube. Or just Google pictures
of Basingstoke. PS This site is awesome!
|Martin, 24th January 2013|
|found||my friend told me|
|comment||Wow! I am glad
to see somebody is proud of where they live. I drive to work here and drive
home and some times go to the shops to me that is all Basingstoke is. Keep
up the good work.
|John, 16th January 2013|
Ancient and Modern
There is nothing stranger than
|Valerie Hill, 7th January 2013|
|comment||I attended the Shrubbery School for Girls in the 1960's and was curious to see if there was any mention of it on this site. I still have relatives in and around Basingstoke, but I cannot recognise anything of the town I once knew when I visit them. I would like to see photos of the town before its devolopment.|
|JaspER, 17th September 2012|
To the north of Winchester, high on the hampshire downs.
Stands the town of Basingstoke, a city that once was town.
Gone the cattle market, now shops and offices stand.
Proclaiming to the county, a new identity found.
Gone the corrugated factories, all glass now in its place.
No more old and tired look, but a bright new shining face.
Gone now all the meadow land, suburbia now is found.
With buildings vast and numerous, no more the wildlife sound.
Gone the chaff’ and swallow, no more eaves to roost.
Only sterile shrubbery, amid the red brick host.
Gone the winding country lane, now replaced with A’s.
It takes as long to travel, as in those far off days.
Gone the country yokel, chewing on his straw.
Replaced by travelling salesmen, knocking door to door.
Gone the country cooking, mother used to make.
Now it’s off to Tesco, for some ready bake.
Gone the ‘Sally army’, playing in the square.
Sunday same as any day, progress ‘lets be fair’.
Gone the Waldorf picture house, queuing in the rain.
Now it’s off to ‘plexi’, only one film, much the same.
Gone the Hants and Dorset, travelling the town.
Now it’s Stagecoach buses, if they’re to be found.
All has gone to yesterday, the future now is here.
Only thoughts in peoples heads, of the yester year.
|ros, 14th September 2012|
|from||b'stoke,centre of the known universe|
site-nice to see some of the old folks from the Old Vic(RIP)and the hole in
the wall are still around and hello Chrissie-haven't seen you since 1980 at
the carnival hall!
now in rural Wales,still visit family but glad I don't live there now-left for London 32 years ago-even gladder I'm not living there!
|WILL, 6th September 2012|
|west1da AT hotmail DOT co DOT uk|
|comment||VISITED BASINGSTOKE MANY TIMES SINCE THE EARLY 90`S ALWAYS FOUND IT A WARM AND FRIENDLY TOWN,A TOWN WHICH MAKES A GREAT EFFORT TO KEEP THE PLACE CLEAN AND TIDY.VERY PLEASANT CHANGE FROM MOST PLACES WITH THE SAME OLD PLASTIC SHOPPPING MALLS.|
|geoff, 25th June 2012|
|found||(indirectly) Mark Steel's in Town (BBC Radio 4)|
|from||Isle of Man|
I have not been to Basingstoke
for many years, when I used to work nearby on restoring the canal. This
gives a new perspective.
|Terry, 7th June 2012|
I remember the Anchor as being pretty rough, in fact, I saw a guy attacked with a razor outside there one night, luckily it wasn't plugged in or else things could have got really nasty. I also remember going to Brinkletts Disco with Andy Cale, Gordon Bowdery, Bob Horrigan and many others. Was the woman who ran it called Doris? What about Percy who worked in Staffords in the New Market Square. I have lived and worked in B'STOKE since 1960 and I still think it is one of the best places in the South of England, a real mix of people and enviroment. Good shops, and great countryside.
|bob, 1st June 2012|
|found||been on before|
The previous comment about sport in Basingstoke got me thinking. I know the town has a great history of sporting events, from the Carnival five-a-side to 3 day and 1 day County Cricket at May's Bounty and everything in between. It would be great to read memories from anyone involved, especially the local football and cricket scene from the mid seventies. I well recall getting changed in someone's car, going out to play football in a mud bath then trying to clean yourself with water from the 'magic sponge' bucket. On Sundays a mad rush to the nearest pub to drink as much as possible before 2:00 and getting home in time for the Big Match.
|JaspER, 3rd May 2012|
Ancient and Modern
There is nothing stranger than
|basingstokefan01, 9th April 2012|
|found||word of mouth|
|comment||Really like ripe bananas so thinking of visiting. I'm a Banana eating buddhist is it safe? [Don't recall any reports of banana eating Buddhists getting into sticky situations here, so I reckon you should be OK: Ed]|
|Tony, 21st March 2012|
|found||Search for information about The Galaxy Club|
|ajernet AT netscape DOT net|
Interesting reading Chrissie's
comments. I use to frequent all the places she has mentioned and in fact my
brother was one of the partners who ran 'The Blue Room'. Yes our local was
mainly The Anchor with John Barker behind the bar, in my case the saloon bar
but we did use The Feathers as well. Sadly The Anchor is no longer there and
The Feathers has gone so far downhill, it just looks an absolute dive, they
have even called some stupid name but I hope one day it will be returned to
its former glory. Its amazing to think we saw all the greats of British and
some American R & B stars at The Galaxy Club, all of whom when onto fame and
fortune and are still stars today. Pretty good for a little town before the
overspill really kicked in. Hey Chrissie, you didn't live in Notting Hill
for a while did you, if so I know you and you know me. Not Chrissie P is it.
[The Galaxy Club sounds like a great place, sadly before my days here, where was it?: Ed]
|GILBERT PROVIS, 18th March 2012|
|from||LIVING IN SOUTH WALES|
|bertie1066 AT hotmail DOT co DOT uk|
|comment||looking for old school mates like frank prickitt or all the old gang ? keth right,any one that remembers me. good old days|
|Chrissie, 6th March 2012|
|found||Searching for Galaxy Club Basingstoke|
|Chrissie DOT Ferngrove AT winchester DOT ac DOT uk|
I happened upon this site as
an old friend has just sent me some memoires of the Galaxy Club in
Basingstoke Town Hall in the early 1960s.
I went to school at the High School for Girls (later re-named Harriet Costello for the ancient headmistress) from 1961 to 1967. I have so many memories of the old town before a large part of it was demolished, and it was great to read comments from people with the same memories .. last night at the Barge! The Blue Room! The Anchor!! YES .. I was there. Mods on scooters outside the 'Cont' coffee bar, the old Waldorf and Savoy cinemas .. the list goes on.
I spent my teenage years in Basingstoke but didn't live there, I used to get the 101 bus in from Sherfield and meet all my friends at the bus station. We would get half fare on the bus and then put on our makeup in the bus station toilets and go into the Anchor or Feathers and get served with 'rough cider' - those were the days, haha!
Anyway, interesting site, and glad to see that my son Carl Barat is mentioned on the front page, although he didn't actually hold up the peace convoy dressed as a whale, that it a little bit of a stretch of the imagination! x
[I love to hear these memories of town, brings the place alive, keep 'em coming: Ed]
|H, 25th February 2012|
|found||Looking for WW1 stuff about Basingstoke|
|hebradford AT ntlworld DOT com|
|comment||Now I've seen this, Croydon doesn't do it for me anymore.|
|ronald gregory, 18th January 2012|
|found||you told me to go on it|
|comment||i find your website really interesting and im now going to move to basingstoke coz i'm old and have nothing better to do, yeeeehaaaaaaaaah (im a cowboy from texas:D)|
|JAYDO, 21st December 2011|
I heard about the Woke St
Willy, so I took a look. Can you tell me what it is supposed to be? It
doesn't look like any penis I have seen, but then it doesn't look like
anything in particular, at all. What is wrong with people who commission
these things? We had a giant structure called B of the Bang, it represented
an explosion. It was great, but it was huge and bits fell off in the wind,
so it was taken down. Bad idea from the start, other sculpture in Manchester
seem all to be made of metal, to represent out industrial past, get over it,
let's have something beautiful instead of something useless or made of metal
with a rusty surface like the Angle of the North. We are sick of stupid
senseless ugly and expensive street furniture. We also had a collection of
things which looked like railroad boogie wheels, these were supposed to be
benches to sit on, but no one recognized them as such, and no one sat on
them. Another ugly and useless bit of expensive street furniture. Cheers.
Can I make a constructive comment about the site in general. I think it's a bit colourful. And a bit ugle. The background of this page for example is quite nice, and the dots are ok in small doses. But the opening page is a bit in your face with the very bright blocky red lettering, could do with toning that down a bit and changing the thickness of the font. And, the bright blue background with the once again very bright lettering, is eye watering. Perhaps that could be toned down a bit too, to make it easier to read. Thanks
[I'll have a think about it, but I quite like the 'in yer face' look: Ed]
|bob, 19th December 2011|
|clark, 28th November 2011|
|found||looking for infor on Basingstoke|
|from||LaGrange, GA, USA|
|comment||Just sent a message and realized I meant to ask why there is so little about Sports in Basingstoke on your site. I know you have a Rugby Club that has produced several rising stars in that field, and some once famous athletes have lived and do still live there. [If you've any further info about who, what, where, when drop me an email and I can try and rectify the omission . . . : Ed]|
|Clark, 28th November 2011|
|found||looking for info on Basingstoke because I know people there.|
|comment||Absolutely Fabulous (no pun intended) site .... so much knowledge so interestingly posted and just fun to read .... I can't wait to come see your town. [Thanks for the kind comments, and hope you enjoy the visit . . . I've spent quite a bit of time over the last couple of years working just the other side of Atlanta from you, around the Norcross and Duluth area which I enjoyed: Ed]|
|Lou, 11th November 2011|
|ketch_003 AT hotmail DOT com|
|comment||...Do you ever see a Chinook fly over Basingstoke....Did you know that one of the Pilots lives in Basingstoke ....has a Award from the Queen and has written a book. Did you know a village in Basingstoke had the most successful Half Marathon run through it and the most succesful Firework Display this year [Thanks for the info, I'll look into doing a bit of research: Ed]|
|Astrid, 7th November 2011|
|found||Via Radio Basingstoke|
|from||Originally W.London now Basingstoke|
|astridhaighsmith AT virginmedia DOT com|
|comment||I was so surprised & delighted to find this website, it is very interesting. I have only lived here just over 9 years, but it's the longest I have lived anywhere, previously I moved approx every 3 years, so goes to prove how much I like this town! It has so much going for it, great shopping centres, Leisure complex, restaurants, lots of live music, parks, close to motorways & the countryside & an hour to the sea. What more do people want!|
|Basingstoke Ghost Hunters, 9th October 2011|
|basingstokeghosthunters AT gmail DOT com|
|comment||Hi - please feel free to join our group, Basingstoke Ghost Hunters that can be found on facebook.|
|Thomas Hearne, 23rd September 2011|
|comment||Basingstoke is a great place to live, great schools and shopping including festival place and we are currently waiting for wates construction to finsish the Malls refurbishment, search the malls basingstoke and see the artists impression pictures, it's going to look great once it has finished.|
|David Gahan, 10th September 2011|
|found||Wanted to know more about The Shrubbery|
|from||born London, Live in Gozo (Malta)|
congratulations on your enterprise. I worked at Farleigh House School,
Farleigh Wallop, for ten years in the 1960-70 period, so B'stoke was our
home town. Both my children were born at The Shrubbery. Interesting to learn
that it was the home of (built for?) the founder of Burberry coats. If I am
right in thinking that Timothy West and Prunella Scales lived there,
post-hospital and pre-demolition, this is worth a mention.
BNHCC (Basingstoke and Noth Hants Cricket Club) is surely worth a mention, since it is (was?) used for county cricket and many of the world's best players have played there.
Basing House should have a mention too, since it held out for years against the Cromwellians during the Civil War, before being slighted.
|Chris, 31st August 2011|
|comment||I was delighted to learn recently that a group of school children from BASINGSTOKE have written a special three-minute episode of Doctor Who, to be broadcast in the not too distant future on, I believe, BBC3. Congratulations and, needless to say, I am sure it will be absolutely BRILLIANT!|
|louise, 7th August 2011|
|found||looking for an old friend looked up queen marya|
|from||Basingstok of course!!!!!|
|louisebailey69 AT yahoo DOT com|
|comment||love the site, avnt lived there for ages but am basinstoke born and bred!!!!|
|B.B., 2nd August 2011|
|khorrigan AT btinternet DOT com|
|comment||What was the name of the disco at the top of town up the alley opposite the Co-Op? Did anyone ever go to the Angel Nigtclub and not see or get involved in a fight? Does anyone remember an old guy going about in a massive blue wheelchair (usually in the area round the Memorial Park) that he moved by pushing and pulling on two levers on either side of the chair? A mate of mine reckoned it weighed about a hundredweight and the guy was a war veteran.|
|B.B., 2nd August 2011|
|khorrigan AT btinternet DOT com|
|comment||I lived in basingstoke from 1959 to 1982. My Mum and Dad still live there and we often visit. Went to school at Fairfields infants and juniors, then to Cranbourne. I recall all the old places in the town quite clearly,the A.B.C. cinema and the one next door, Brinklets Youth Club, The Bass House, the King of Wessex (which some wag altered to read King of Sex and made the local B.B.C. news), the opening of the M3 and countless old large houses in the area which made great playgrounds for me and my mates. I moved for no other reason than to work in the Hotel Industry. Of course, we all chanted the teenagers mantra from time to time, "there's nothing to do, it's boring", but looking back I had some great fun and have many happy memories.|
|Tom, 22nd July 2011|
|found||Searched Basingstoke in Google|
|comment||Basingstoke is a great town, Festival Place is nearly 10 years old since it's opening in 2002. The Malls Shopping Centre is currently going under major refurbishment works including a new roof, toilets, new entrance at Alencon Link. I am very proud to live in Basingstoke as it is home to one of Hampshires best colleges BCOT. Rock on Basingstoke|
|Chris, 31st March 2011|
|comment||Although I don't believe he actually ever lived in Basingstoke, I see that former Shadows bassist Jet Harris is due to be cremated in the town later today. Jet was a legend, still is, and was one of the true pioneers of British rock 'n roll. Could he, therefore, be given a mention on this great site.|
|Andy.ps, 28th February 2011|
|found||Looked up basingstoke|
|from||Basingstoke of course|
|comment||Amazing site, found loads of great info, just shows Basingstoke rocks!!!!|
|Sam Roberts, 31st January 2011|
|found||met the owner|
|king_arf2003 AT hotmail DOT com|
David Cameron's brother in law
is a heart surgeon at Basingstoke hospital
Source: David Cameron, BBC news broadcast, today.
|pooooo, 18th January 2011|
|found||i typed in Basingstoke into Google|
|comment||i love basingstoke|
|Mick, 5th January 2011|
|found||Lookig for points of interest in Basingstoke|
|comment||I moved from London in 1974,apart from a few friends I miss nothing about the place.Basingstoke has given me and my family a good living.There is the mixture of a modern town centre with the rural aspect anyone in london would give their right arm for.So....if you don't like it here,just go to a better place and moan about it when you get there.|
|Cathy, 31st December 2010|
|found||Always researching the town and always checking|
|from||Basingstoke 50-odd years|
|cthwlms AT hotmail DOT com|
It's great that so many people like the mixture of old & new, town & country. Does anyone remember the OLD swimming pool, the High School, American Tan stockings from the old M&S? There's certainly a lot more choice now! But I hope we can hang on to our history too!
The Shrubbery - I had a baby there too! History - I think it was built by a Burberry, probably a son of the founder. Fate - the grounds stretched just to the back gardens of Wallis Road by 1930 ( of Wallis & Steevens)There was a lodge on Cliddesden Road. Most of the southern grounds went under the Ring Road, and the access road & buildings of QMC.The house was last used by the Proteus Theatre Group. I could look other details up. Other big houses had lodges in Cliddesden Road - more another time!
|Sue Gibbs, 29th August 2010|
|from||Now MK - B/stoke|
|Crkirk13 AT gmail DOT com|
Hi all, Visited B/stoke for the weekend as mum still lives their, had the best time, it's changed a lot. Lived on Popley 2 and around from 1969 until 1981, did not miss the place until now. Not as bad as i thought,went walker about, and talked to lots of people. Nice peole, nice place. Did not see anyone i new from way back. Where is The Granny.
|Chris, 11th June 2010|
|found||known about it for years!|
|from||the Midlands now|
As both a Doctor Who fan and someone who once lived in Basingstoke, can I just say how delighted I am to see the devine miss Sarah Sutton is now featured on your site. I shall continue to visit in the hope that there will be more little surprises in the future. And I fully intend to actually visit the great town again next year. Cheerio for now. [Thanks, pleased to hear that the site continues to hit the spot: Ed]
|Nathan, 16th February 2010|
this was a really good site as io have seen the film get real, and now people beliove me because of what they haveseen :)!!
|Roger Early, 9th February 2010|
Outrage! Basingstoke has been nominated for Carbuncle Award consideration... http://bit.ly/bTDxbY
|Brian Taylor, 9th February 2010|
|found||My daughter sent me the URL|
Reading the threads I see
there are some questions about the old Shrubbery Nursing Home. Before the
new hospital was built (early 70's?) on the Park Prewett Mental Hospital
farm site off of the Sherborne St John/Tadley road, this was the maternity
hospital for all of Basingstoke and the surrounding villages. The Cottage
Hospital on the corner of Southern Road opposite the War Memorial Park gates
was the main one with the old Work House on Basing Road being the dumping
ground for geriatrics.
|Brian Taylor, 9th February 2010|
|found||My daughter sent me the URL|
|brian.taylor001 AT ntlworld DOT com|
I grew up in 'Stoke living
in Sopers Grove, Elizabeth Road, St Michaels Road and finally on Brighton
Hill before emigrating to So'ton in 1978. Our teenage days were not at all
boring with 'Stoke still being a small town. We knew everybody some of whom
I'm still in touch with. My memories of Queen Mary's are mixed but had great
times at May Street Youth Club and Brinkletts before graduating to the
Galaxy Club, Ticky Rick, Blue Room, etc. Last night of the old Barge pub
with a band made up of Rob Young, who went on to write many of Status Quo's
big hits, Paul Taylor and Mugsy May. Heavy nights in the Anchor with the
Barkers. I still look for Town's football results,shame that Thorneys are no
|Denise, 17th January 2010|
I have lived in Basingstoke for 52 years almost and it used to be a nice little market town and had a fantastic, famous carnival each year with a week long series of activities in the War memorial Park, a Mardi Gras, dancing/discos in the streets. Its soul-less now, lost most of its interesting buildings and is frankly boring. I would bet the people that don't think of it as boring never knew it before when it had character. Who would know we are famous for being the home of Burbury? We have also produced boxers, pop singers to name but a few of our famous citizens. Oh yes, John Arlott too. Who? You may ask. Nobody would realise this as it's all got lost in the annals of history and now it's just another boring town, same shops, same everything.
|john wilkie, 31st December 2009|
|Mike N., 25th December 2009|
A truly authoritarian town
run by the police FOR the police.
|Craig Vincent, 24th December 2009|
|Cv DOT madcowtree AT talk21 DOT com|
Used to live in Basingstoke. Went to school there. 20 years on I'm sat in Sydney Australia googling the town. That's how awesome it is. Great site.
|john wilkie, 21st December 2009|
does anyone remember the " NO SPITTING " paving stone, situated on the left side of the road on the way down from the railway station ?
|dannyrhymezandmattyb, 26th November 2009|
THANK GOD, ITS GOT A GOOD TRAIN SERVICE TO LONDON
|Karen, 15th November 2009|
Well I wish to add to the Wote Street Willie Artistic Critique...just to say Basingstoke has a proud track record of commissioning Willie inspired art from our Wote Street Willie to the three green pustule willies outside the restaurants in Festival Place...and what most impresses me about these green water features is the watery emissions that dribble out of the top...can this really not have been deliberate?? Are we a whole new epoch town in the great art and sex education debate??
|Naomi, 4th November 2009|
|found||just looking at basingstoke|
|buttonz_mep AT hotmail DOT com|
i love basingstoke i moved
last dec. id lived there for my whole 16 years of my life. i really miss
basingstoke e.g everything i never thought i would miss it as much as do now
i always thought it was boring but its truly not boring at all as im now
living in norfolk in a market town called watton
and thats what i would call boring.
|Helen, 14 August 2009|
I'm having a difference of
opinion with someone about the site of the old Shrubbery Maternity Home.
Was it where Cliddesden Court is now? Also, I believe the whole of this area
was once a large private estate? can you point me in the direction of maps,
a website etc which might help. I have looked on the web but cant really
find what I am looking for.
|Christine, 28 July 2009|
|found||Just browsing for Basingstoke|
I was born in the old cottage hospital in Basingstoke in January 1946. My mother was born in Fairfields School in 1920 and her father was the caretaker there. I have never left Basingstoke and would not want to live elsewhere.
|Alan Montgomery, 31 March 2009|
|found||Searching for Basingstoke Images|
|from||Belfast, but I live in Fleet, Hants|
I was seeking Basingstoke
images for a Young Enterprise Company at Cranbourne Business and Enterprise
|John Walker, 23 April 2009|
|found||Bored - Googled it|
|from||New York, USA|
|clachair_41 AT yahoo DOT com|
Fantastic website - very
entertaining! I used to live at Tadley and worked at Woolworth's, next to
Curry's and Trustee Savings Bank, 1957/8, long before the London overspill
development. Favorite pubs were Hole-In-The Wall owned by Tony Charles,
retired Chelsea football player, and a scruffy pub in Goat Lane. Fond
memories of walking girlfriends home to Western Way after the giant fun-fair
|Lulu, 30 March 2009|
|found||browsing the net|
Was born here 1958, local yokel. I realise things have to move on but preferred it before the overspill...not boring just ruined!
|Ninny, 19 February 2009|
|found||Garling sent me the site|
it doesnt look boring at all looks very interesting
|dawn, 9 February 2009|
|found||stumbled across it|
|sexysaxogirl AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk|
Who is Secter, 23rd March
2006? I would love to know who left
|Kate, 27 January 2009|
I lived in Basingstoke with
my partner Mark for 2 years, and I think it is the lovliest town I have ever
been to. Very friendly, clean and sociable. The town is small enough to feel
safe in, but big enough to enjoy.
|Tracy, 9 January 2009|
|from||Auckland, New Zealand|
Wow - great to see a website about my home town. It's changed a lot since I was growing up (70's & 80's). Its a great place!