bombing of West End, Leicester.
On 14th November 1940 a bomb dropped in
Bolton Road. It was one of a line which ended up at the Cattle Market.
I was told the plane off-loaded it on return from Coventry, I was
7 years old. Standing in Wentworth Road the red glow from Coventry
lit up the sky over Fosse Recreation Ground. Mum and Dad watched
from the corner of St. Dunstans Road. They were on fire watch.
The damage to property in the streets between Fosse Road South and
Narborough Road still causes house owners problems.
New Parks Estate was in preparation in 1938-9.
The concrete roads made ideal parking space for military lorries.
I used to climb Sandhurst Road Hill to look at them draped in camouflage.
The houses were built after the war. Apart from the roads it was
still fields. I never went to Braunstone Park to see the U.S. Airborne
Division H.Q. I was told there had been a bomb on Fosse Road
Junction, but never saw it. My world ended at Fosse Road North/Central
and Glenfield Road/King Richards Road.
King Richards Road was a good shopping
centre during 1939-44: Goodalls grocers, Co-op, Home &
Colonial grocers, Dewhursts butchers, Kintons bakers,
Kirks bakers, Lanes Pork butchers (a family firm, still
on King Richards Road today), Tingles bakers (who made
hot meat pies baked on the premises - delicious mince steak), Post
Office and many more. We ate a good balanced diet even leg
of lamb each week with Yorkshire pud and roast potatoes, cabbage,
carrot, flowering broccoli, and many other vegetables grown locally
(not rationed - very fresh). Cold rice pudding was sliced like blocks
of ice cream and scrambled eggs were made with egg powder
lovely. Grated carrot and apple instead of sweets and one Foxes
Glacier mint daily, to suck on the way to school. There was an Anderson
Shelter out the back, but we slept under the stairs or under a heavy
oak table in the back room.
By J. Wood