Graham Middleton remembers the former location of stables on Tunnel Road
Resource Type: Audio | Posted on 10th October 2014 by Jenny Porter
What is a short distance for adults, can resemble an eternity of travel away for children. This is very true for Graham’s former relation to the far end of Chatsworth Street. Today, not only this estimation of spatial distance has changed. Graham also recalls the former usage of today’s Tunnel Furniture Company, as stables for the horses connected with the railway.
Interviewee: Graham Middleton
Date of Interview: 14th August 2014
Graham: My mum, when she was young, she did go to Chatsworth Street School which was at the far end of Chatsworth Street. The building is still there, I may be wrong but, I think they are still there. We attended – I mean that was like, almost like a foreign country up there, we never went this far, it was miles away, and when you go down, now, it’s nothing, but it seemed a long way – so we tended to stay in this area around here. And that Tunnel Furniture place, that was a stables for the horses for the railway. And my uncle got to know whoever the fellow who was looking after them was, and he used to go down, clean them out, feed them and pet them and that sort of thing. And that’s how he occupied himself.
Jenny: Were they just workhorses, or?
Graham: I got the impression they was, I don’t certainly remember. I know I was told that’s what he did – and I would suspect that they were workhorses. I was under the impression that they were connected with the railway, but they may not have been. They may have been – the guy was a rag & bone man – they were like sort of carthorse type. They weren’t proper. They were the equivalent of mongrel horses, I suppose, I suspect. But that is as far as I can remember.
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