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Chris Woodhead

Early Days

Sunday 16th July 1950
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 1. Chris Woodhead was born on Sunday 16th July 1950 at the Belvedere nursing home, Hainton Avenue, Grimsby.[1]
[1] Belvedere Nursing Home: When I first wrote this (June 1979), Chris and I went to the same dentist, M.J. Booth, at 410 Hainton Avenue, Grimsby. I was surprised to learn that this used to be the very Belvedere nursing home where Chris was born.
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The former Belvedere Nursing Home in 2009
1955
 2. He lived at his grandparents’ house, a terraced house in Veal Street, Grimsby, until the birth of his brother David,
[2] when, leaving his grandparents, the family moved to Felstead Road, Grimsby.
[2] The birth of his brother David: This was in August 1955.
What an ugly hotch-potch the DIY “home improvers” have made of Veal Street! Nothing matches; there’s no symmetry. And the stonework at No.43, Chris’s home for his first five years, is so obviously fake! If Jones were to make his historic pronouncement[more] today, he would be right.
Chris’s house in Felstead Road, No.51, was next to the last in a block of five conjoined houses. The houses in Felstead Road were built in blocks of four, five and six units.
1955–1957
 3. Chris went first to Yarborough Road infants’ school,
[3] then at the age of seven[4] went to the adjoining junior boys’ school.
[3] Chris went first to Yarborough Road infants’ school: This was in 1955.
[4] At the age of seven: In 1957.
Key: A, Yarborough Road Infants’ School; B, Junior Boys’ School; C, Junior Girls’ School; D, Worsley Infants’ School
1960
 4. He remembers that the last class he was in,
[5] Class 4A, was in a room right at the end of the school building, that is, at the far end from Yarborough Road.[6]
[5] The last class he was in: In 1960. See also The Woodheads move to Thornton.
[6] At the far end from Yarborough Road — i.e. looking out onto Central Parade, just before the corner of Durham Avenue.


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