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Old Sheep Street

October 05, 2018 Maria 0 Comments



Where is the street I loved so well
Of many years ago
The years have gone and who can tell
Where did those people go?
The old gas lamp where the gang would meet
At the top of Morris Lane
The alleyway to Carnals court
We sheltered from the rain.
Fish and chips at Mrs Trouts,
We would all go back for more
Buy some sweets from auntie Bess
Play fagcards by her door.
Salvation Army played across the road
Outside the house of Mrs Jones
So loudly beat the drummer
And full volume the trombone.
Down Hare and Hounds Street we would run
When the school turned out at four
Then we would play our marbles
And hopscotch by the score.
Rag and bone man and two sweeps
And many more good friends lived there
Daisy Pitt and the ‘prince of Wales’
Played their part in yesteryear.
Is this the street I loved so well
Of many years ago
The years have gone and few can tell
Where did those people go?
Bill Underwood
(Sheep Street is where Bill Underwood grew up in, took over his father’s business of the Underwood’s barber shop and now lives in a residential retirement flat.)

Old Sheep Street – Devizes
Photo courtesy of Wiltshire Museum, 41 Long Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1NS www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk