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Shortstown Heritage

We can sense a note of optimism in this report and it seems looking at the names of residents in the following years that Shortstown enjoyed a period of stability not previously experienced. Again it is apparent that the fortunes of Shortstown mirrored the fortunes of the country as a whole and like the nation this stability and general well being continued throughout the fifties...

Mr A Golder winning a race

This interesting photograph taken in 1958 is from Mr Andrew Golder (the young boy first right who looks to be winning!) who lives in Cardington village and attended Cardington school in the 1950's.

He remembers the school holding their sports day in Shortstown in the fields next to our new village hall and recalls that after the event all the children walked to nearby Shortstown school where they were given refreshments. It is not known why the event was held here in that particular year although it may have been to celebrate the opening of the new school in Shortstown in the previous year.
What makes this photograph especially interesting is the building in the background which no longer exists (see below). There have been suggestions that this was an Air Raid Shelter or a Nissen hut were WAAFS were stationed in WW2.
Can anyone confirm exactly what it was?

A Golder 1957 shelter1

Feb 2011 update. Brian Conder has e-mailed in the following information “The structure shown in the photographs is indeed an air raid shelter. Can't remember how many there were in total, but there was definitely another one located in what is now Greycote, about 200yds south of Central Avenue on the left side of the road.
These were of reinforced concrete with a square opening at the opposite end to the entrance which presumably served as an 'escape hatch'. It was about 30" square inside, with an iron rung ladder from the floor to the top of the opening. Although the photograph shows the shelter in 'bare' condition, I'm pretty sure they were originally covered in soil and grassed over. Many school holiday hours were spent playing in and running along the top of the shelters which would have been difficult to climb without the aid of a grassy bank, although the top was fairly devoid of soil due to erosion caused by weather and wear and tear by children." Thank you once again Brian!

Mr&Mrs Condor in garden

This family photograph taken in the late 1940's show Mr & Mrs F Conder in their back garden in East Square - in those days the gardens for these homes stretched much further back than now. The buildings at the bottom of their garden shown here were in fact nos 1 & 2 The Highway. These are the only images I have ever seen of the wooden bungalows which were demolished some time after WW11 and I am grateful to Mr Conders son Brian for sharing this photograph (and others!) with us.

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