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Belle Isle Hotel, Low Grange Crescent, group photograph


Belle Isle Hotel, Low Grange Crescent, group photograph
Description:
1956/57. Image shows a large group of men posing for a photograph outside the large, brick-built premises of the Belle Isle Hotel, located in Low Grange Crescent. The men are smartly dressed in suits, with some sporting flat caps, and they are obviously gathered together for an occasion such as an outing. Since 1988 the former Belle Isle Hotel has operated as a privately owned Care Home and is known as Victoria House Residential Home. It offers en-suite accommodation for 41 residents.

User Comments:

Name:
Graham. A. Schofield

Comment:
Notice how everyone is wearing a white shirt. Back in those days nearly 'everyone' wore one. It was just about the only colour you could get. It was sometime after the date of this picture (late 1950's - early 1960's) that I read in a newspaper that the shirt industry were forecasting that in the "Near Future" we'd all be wearing coloured shirts. "What a stupid comment" most people thought - - - "White shirts will never go out". Good grief!!! Within a few years, you had all on to find anyone wearing a white shirt, let alone being able to buy one.

Date:
02-Apr-2011

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Gavin Shoesmith

Comment:
I knew this building used to be a pub but didnt realise it closed as far back as 1988?? I only passed my driving test in 92 and sure I can remember it still being a pub (or at least having the signs up) Look how smart they look.....if you took a similar photo today, the majority would be wearing tracksuit bottoms and football shirts (Man U or Chelsea)and at least 6 would be accompanied by a Pitbull type dog!!

Date:
04-Apr-2011

Email:
gavin.shoesmith@cbrands.eu.com

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Name:
Eileen Chadwick / Clarke

Comment:
I used to live on East Grange Rise and all the kids used to play at the back of the pub. We also used to get lemonade and crisps from the outsales.We all had a great time.

Date:
06-Apr-2011

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Name:
PeterJackson

Comment:
Approx 1949/51 had a friend who was a fellow pupil at St Josephs School, his father was the landlord of the Belle Isle Hotel, we spent many an evening playing in the large grassed area behind the pub. Think the family surname was Farrer. Do wish the photo could be enlarged,am sure I woould be able to recognise almost all of the people.

Date:
15-Apr-2011

Email:
petermj67@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Paul Crowther

Comment:
The Belle isle Hotel was still functioning as a pub in 1994. I went back to Belle isle to visit childhood places in the summer of that year, and did some home videos of the pub front. The place was in a bad way. The only bar still working was the one entered from the side, and they only had 3 beers on tap. The 'pub field' at the back was still unbuilt on at that time - and maybe still is, as there were old mine workings underneath. The walled ground in front of the building was still there when I went past again in 2010. I seem to remember,as a boy, an old pit shaft being uncovered there, and then swiftly being covered again. I lived in East Grange Rise,quite nearby.

Date:
14-May-2011

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Name:
joe

Comment:
nice pic reminds me of been a child but the pub was still open in 88 as i was born in 88 and can remember playing in the pub after it had been set on fire prob around 94 96 will of been around 97 when it turned to a care home

Date:
19-Jul-2011

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Name:
natasha malcolm

Comment:
Having lived next to this pub for a long time 1990-2011. At the age of 6/7 (1995) I remember running in and around its grounds all the time and being 'dared' by the older kids to sneak in to the main part of the pub through the doors on the left. I also recall going through the door in the middle I think to get pop and crisps from the boxes and boxes on display, the lady behind the counter always looked as if she wanted to be somewhere else. I also remember the mini fair that use to be set up there aswell as the bonfire, anyone recall this? Several incidents stick in my memory from The Belle Isle, i cant think of the year but there was a shooting their maybe mid 90's police swarmed the whole area armed police even hid in my garden. There was also an incident when a young man fell from the fire escape to the left side of the building, if im right in remembering the drain pipe came away from the wall and he plumeted to the carpark below. On a lighter note I recall one morning waking up going to the landing window to draw the curtians and being greeted by the unmistakable grimace of Mr Tetley, the sign of wish was some how taken from the front of the Belle Isle and lovingly placed against the poplar tree in my garden.

Date:
27-Feb-2012

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Name:
Lynn Gilbert

Comment:
My late husband tony was dj here in the 80s, when they used to have discos on weekends, there was usually a fight or two at chucking out time, men and women, I was thrown over a table myself once as a female thought I was after her fella. I wasn't but you didn't get a chance to protest your innocence back then.

Date:
27-Jul-2012

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Name:
Dave Lawton

Comment:
Victoria Home Care is a family owned Domiciliary Home Care company. The company which started in 1998 with the opening of Victoria House Residential Home in Belle Isle.

Date:
27-Oct-2012

Email:
davel55@lve.co.uk

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Name:
T G Holmes

Comment:
I think this was the group who were waitng for the coaches to take them Wembley to watch Hunslet play.It is said,that they did not get there.The man who collected the money for them all to go,did a runner with money. It is said he was found in Blackpool with a women each arm?

Date:
26-Jun-2013

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Name:
Janine

Comment:
My parents were the landlord/lady of the Belle Isle in 1968 staying for about 20 months, my Dad brought the pub to life having opened the middle bar in the main room and having bands on at the weekend. I was 11 at the time and remember looking out of my bedroom window at the fights going on outside. The flat upstairs was so big I used to go to the toilet on my bike. It would be interesting to see inside it again.

Date:
16-Jul-2014

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