Fred Foley remembers Troughton Street
Resource Type: Audio | Posted on 25th July 2012 by Jenny Porter
Fred Foley remembers Troughton Street, where he lived, and growing up in the local area, including his first pint and his confusion over his religious beliefs.
Interviewee: Fred Foley
Interviewee Gender: Male
Jenny: So what road did you live in?
Fred: Troughton Street
Jenny: Troughton Street?
Fred: Troughton Streetâ€¦Its like Patrick(?) Trought. We lived in Troughton Street, and as you come down from the Cappy from the picture house off Harbord Street, there was a pub on the corner of Harbord Street and the Managerâ€™s name was Ben Bunn
Fred: Ben Bunn he had the pub on the corner of Harbord Street
Fred: And erâ€¦Overbury Street, I had me first pint in there and me dad took me in and he got me a brown mix and I hadnâ€™t left schoolâ€¦and he said â€˜Come on lad..yerâ€™ I couldnâ€™t get through I said I canâ€™t drink this dadâ€¦â€™Yerrs youâ€™re alright, youâ€™re a man arenâ€™t you?â€™
Jenny: (Laughs) Oh noâ€¦So what year was that then?
Fred: (laughing) what year? Its in the early fiftiesâ€¦
Jenny: the early fifties?
Fred: I was born in 41â€™ so yeah maybe about 55â€™, 54â€™â€¦I was there I went from Harbord Street to St Anneâ€™s, the church we were talking about, that was a big church and a big school it was a Catholic school. Me mamâ€™ was a Catholic and me dad was a Protestant â€¦and she used to take me to the church to do some instructions so Iâ€™d be Catholic. So I was in-between I donâ€™t know what I was ..And there was Lovat Street and that was theâ€¦ Lovat Street, Troughton Street, Cardwell Street these are all off Overbury Street. These all ran from Lovat Street, Troughton Street, Cardwell Street, Squire Street, and Angela Street â€¦Do you know Angela Street?
Jenny: No, never heard of that one ..
Fred: Angela Street that was at the bottom and that come into Smithdown Lane and the bottom of Overbury Street, if you just turned round to your right the tennys were there Myrtle House and Myrtle Gardensâ€¦Have you heard them yeah?
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