Memories of riding and sledding growing up in Hereford

Members of We Grew Up in Hereford shared their memories of a residential area north of the city.

The group remembered Bobblestock, before the housing estate was built.

The photograph shows the area from the early 70s and was shared by member Simon Addison.

He says he’s spent his whole life growing up, playing, exploring, living and finally owning his home in Bobblestock.

The start of construction of the housing estate which now stands in the area can be seen at the bottom of the photograph with the start of construction of the block of flats at Crest Court.

The upper end of Grandstand Road seen in the photo is now part of the entrance to the Co-op supermarket, still known to anyone who grew up locally as ‘Leos’, with its iconic purple piping exposed from the ceiling.

Trinity School can also be seen at the top of the photograph with Moor Farm to its left.

Ann Taylforth remembers driving a Shetland pony up to Three Elms along Roman Road and across the racecourse to Highmore Street.

Dave Jude Neville remembers sledding in the snow on Bobblestock Hill and digging tunnels with hay bales near Mother’s Pride Bakery.

Ian Gibson recalls that where the Foxhunter pub stands there were now farm buildings and stables.

“I still remember learning to milk cows there and my sister was riding one of the horses that were stabled there.” he said.

Mother’s Pride Bakery can still be seen on Three Elms Road. It was a prominent Hereford landmark for over 25 years.

The bakery was built in 1958 by “Rank Hovis McDougall Ltd” and extended in 1961 to accommodate a confectionery unit.

Further extensions were made in 1964 due to increased business. At one point, up to 160 vehicles a day were operating from the plant.

The factory finally closed in 1982 and was demolished in 1983.

The area is now home to the Range and beyond, the Three Elms Trading Estate.

Clyde P. Johnson