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Hello sunflower68. It is indeed my birth year! I was in a bit of a hurry when I answered this question yesterday (hence the link). However, you've written more or less the same as what I would have, although the town has changed a little over the last 10-ish years. The traffic jams can be an absolute nightmare and although the town still has a few 'quaint' little shops, we often go out of town to do our shopping. Since you left, the Queensway Hall has been demolished and an Asda has been built in its place (adding to the traffic problems)! We still have a pretty good library and market on Saturdays and Wednesdays and the pubs and restaraunts aren't too bad either. We often visit Dunstable Downs, as it's a peaceful, relaxing place to go.
c00ky83, I hope you found the link useful and wish you success in your job interview and the possibility of moving to Bedfordshire.
Wispy I'm so glad it's just that you were in a hurry. Glad too that Dunstable still sounds as much fun as it was....Shame about the Queensway. I saw Tears for Fears there and got a kiss off Curt Smith ;) I went to Manshead but left the area in 1985. I still visit with the family to take a kite onto the Downs. There used to be a lovely nightclub called Tiffany's cooky, you could check it out!
sunflower 68, I was at the Tears For Fears concert, too! Didn't get a kiss, but came away with their autographs. Had a great time, apart from my then boyfriend, fainting and me having to take him outside for some air, so missed a couple of songs. Also had some good nights in Tiffanys years ago, but not too keen on Jumpin' Jacks as it's now called.
OMG Zmudge how good to hear about studham. The little sweet shop was called Maisies, by the village hall where I had my first snog. I was just musing how that thing looked like an amphora...not! I worked in the kitchen of The Bell Inn when I was a teenager, nice pub. Can't believe we went to the same gig wispy. We used to get backstage somehow when I was younger, also saw Rik Mayall, King, Paul Young and Hanoi Rocks. I have such great memories of all of it; it really made an impression. Do you both recall the Windsock and The California?
Zmudge this just gets better! As for the Bell Inn, that was my place, when the question of 'where were you at Live Aid?' was going around last month. I was a 16 year old working in the kitchen, cooking and also serving the chips, salad , steaks etc. Maureen rings a bell though and I would say no if I wasn't sure. There was a fab lady at the bar, blonde short-ish hair, highlights, a smoker, used to like to nick the chips straight from the fryer. She was lovely. Ain't it funny how memories are! Please let me know if I could be right; I'm such a sentimentalist. x
As for the California, your link got me seriously netting earlier; look what I came up with!! http://www.california-ballroom.info/
Let me know more on the 'Enders stuff....intriguing. Also Zmudge can you fill in a bit on where you were/are in the area. Nosey old me eh?
Hello, sunflower.That link you found is very interesting, I did not know it existed - did you go to "memories" and "related items" and then scroll down to a photo of The Windsock ? Part of the kitchen of The Bell where you stood and worked is built over a well hundreds of years old. In the time of Cromwell some Cavaliers were cornered in the kitchen, threw their swords down the well and pretended to the Roundheads that they were local yokels. It worked and they escaped. In recent years a distressed cook hanged hanged himself from the staircase of The Bell and now haunts the place (especially around 10.30 pm !!). You can see the village hall here and the house replacing Maisie's. The outsides of the cottages further up the road also appeared in EastEnders. Did you know Markyate and particularly Markyate Cell - highwaywoman Katherine Ferrers and all that who used to stable horses in Studham (whom Margaret Lockwood portrayed in "The Wicked Lady") ? It's up for sale - if only I was forty years younger !!!
Aw Zmudge ty for the piccie - got any more? Can't believe it, Maisie's gone. She was so patient when we used to come over after Brownies, spending ages choosing our sweets. I had heard something about the Bell and the ghost, they hear rattling chains too. I love all that stuff, very interesting.
What was the 'Enders scene? Wonder why they came up especially to Studham? I remember Harpers butchers up there ( I went to infants with the boy who lived there)
We only really used to go to Markyate for fish and chips, they were scrummy. Isn't that a good website on the Cali? I only have a few distant memories of the place, especially when it was a skate park. The windsock was a fine looking place wasn't it?!
Yes, the fish and chips at Markyate are still the best for miles around !! From the Fish Bar to the Post Office which you can see in the distance was turned completely back to the 1920's a while ago for the film "Lucky Jim". It's a nice story and worth a look when it is repeated on BBC 1. The EastEnders characters were Terry and Irene who took a four day break at The Bell so say to patch up an argument. Terry got lost and so say again slept one night in a barn at the back of The Bell. A local Studham man is a pal of the producers. I don't have any other photo's of Studham as it's a bit of a sprawl what with Gunnell's Wood, Oldhill Wood, Holywell etc and the church is not photogenic. It's 60th anniversary War Week in Dunstable next week which has revived memories of the V2 rocket which fell on Studham Common not far from the Village Hall killing one person. Will have to sign off for the moment as a small group of people have appeared reminding me that it was my birthday yesterday and that it is appropriate to open a bottle or two tonight !!!!!