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Carry On Cabby

The 'Carry On' team from 1963

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Windsor has often been used as a location for filming, most famously perhaps in a Norman Wisdom film 'On The Beat' from 1962 where Norman is pursued by a vast army of policemen.

Carry on Cabby was filmed in Windsor around a year later and released in 1963. It includes many views of Windsor as it was in the early 1960s, and at one point complements one of the areas featured in On The Beat by showing the same roundabout in Arthur Road where hordes of policeman came racing around. In this film Charles Hawtrey is racing around it too as a mad taxi driver. The scene is shot from the opposite side, looking towards the Goswell Road arches, so we have an almost total record of that area before the building of King Edward Court and Ward Royal.

The plot of Carry on Cabby features the irascible Sidney James who, as Charlie Hawkins, the owner of a cab company, comes up against female competition in the form of Hatti Jacques, who plays his wife yet who sets up in competition with her new taxi company 'Glam Cabs'.

The storyline permits many shots of Windsor now long since lost as the two taxi companies 'wage war'. Finally the 'war' is forgotten as 'Mrs Glam', is hijacked by robbers while on their way to the bank. The subsequent taxi chases through the streets of Windsor and the Home Park to provide ample opportunity to see the streets of Windsor as they were. In this article we concentrate mainly on those areas that have changed so as to provide a record of how the area used to look. Many other streets were used, such as Duke Street, Queen's Road, Bolton Avenue, the High Street, Sheet Street and Trinity Place plus some out of town locations such as the original Terminal Three at Heathrow and Black Park.

One other new 'star' of the film was the newly introduced Ford Cortina, kindly provided by the Ford Motor Company, and selected by Mrs Glam for her glamorous lady taxi drivers.

We hope to be able to illustrate 'Windsor as it was' using other films. Just let us know what films you know about that were made in Windsor. The earlier the better!

Alma Road

Alma Road S

Alma Road south, near the junction with Springfield Road, looking north towards the Goslar Way roundabout. The house at the top centre of the Carry on Cabbie picture, right, was demolished when Goslar Way was constructed in the late 1960s. Alma Road was a quiet two-way street in those days.

 

 

Alma Road S

Glam Cabs 'at war', poaching customers from the traditional taxis

The Haven

A colour picture from 1964 of the house in the background of the 'Cabby' scene above. This picture, uncropped, also features in our Alma Road, Then and Now, story.

Flats in Alma Road 2004

Flats in Alma Road. These were built on the site of the house built by Mr Powell the Corn Merchant in St Leonards Road. Note that the front wall still stands, although it was lowered when the flats were originally built. We believe that the flats were built around 1980 (Awaiting precise date)

House in Alma Road 2004

Mr Powell's house. Apparently it was built to the highest standard with a beautiful staircase.

Glam Cabs poach another customer in Alma Road

The Frogmore Hotel in Alma Road

Opposite Frogmore Hotel

Langton House, Alma Road
 

Alma Road

The 'war' hots up as the taxis fight back, sabotaging Glam Cabs cars, but failing to win back their customers because they are happy to help get the Glam Cab drivers going again

 

 Alma Road

The double garages in this view were demolished to make way for a rather insignificant house, inappropriately designed.

 

Sid James has just 'cut up' the Rolls Royce in the scene at the junction with Bexley Street, see below.

Arthur Road

Windsor Dials Arthur Road Roundabout

This area has changed a great deal since 1963. The gas works has gone, as has the Noah's Ark PH and King Edward Court has been constructed on the right between the roundabout, the railway arches and Peascod Street, Some of the early Victorian terraced houses still survive however.

 

Arthur Road Roundabout

The Noah's Ark Pub is in the centre of this view with the Gas Works beyond, to the left.

In the film, Charles Hawtrey drives demonically around the roundabout in an ancient taxi.

Arthur Road Roundabout

In this view, the road off the roundabout beside the taxi, led to 'Breakneck Alley' or Goswell Hill, which exists to this day alongside the arches, leading up to Windsor Central Station (Windsor Royal Station).

Arthur Road Roundabout

The view to the south-east of the roundabout to the east of Sydney Place

Bexley Street

Bexley Street

Traffic lights were set up at the junction of Bexley Street and Alma Road. The wooden base board supporting the pole is clearly visible in the picture R >

 

Bexley Street

Sid James in his taxi sneaks up the inside of a 'posh' Rolls Royce. After some banter, the lights change and Sid James hares around to the right in front of the Rolls. See Alma Road above.

Alma Road Nth

Bexley Street and Alma Road junction looking north with Ward Royal on the right.

Alma Road Nth

In the screen shot above it is possible to catch a glimpse of the Clarence Hotel, on the corner of Alma Road and Oxford Road to the right of this picture. The present Copper Horse PH was built on the site when Ward Royal was built in 1968-69 This side of The Clarence Hotel was a stone masons yard with a display of headstones.

Claremont Road

Claremont Road

The pathway to the west of Alma Road, at the junction with Claremont Road. Forty years on and the trees are much more mature.

In the film, Syd James nearly collides with the back of this old Ford Zephyr when it brakes sharply

Clewer Court Road

Clewer Court Road 2004

Clewer Court

Clewer Court Road looking west with Clewer Church on the right. Windsor-Slough Relief Road runs directly behind the camera now.

Datchet Road

Datchet Road 01 2004

There has been many changes in this part of Windsor.

Backstage at the Theatre Royal has been rebuilt to provide more scenery storage and dressing rooms, new offices have been constructed between the camera and the Theatre Royal on the corner of Thames Street, and Windsor Glass, on the right, was demolished and redeveloped along with the whole of the Farm Yard.

 

Datchet Road

Windsor Glass, to the right

Datchet Road

In comparison with the area opposite Windsor Station, this area is changed little.

Datchet Road

Farm Yard

Opposite the Riverside Railway Station

 

 

Farmyard 27092004   Farm Yard
Royal Oak 2004 Farm Yard

Edward VII Hospital

Nightingale 2004

This was the entrance to Edward VII Hospital from Bolton Avenue.

In 2002-3 this land was sold for development. At the same time major alterations were carried out at the hospital behind the original buildings.

 

Hospital

Here Sid James's taxi enters the grounds of Edward VII Hospital taking in a young couple who are convinced their baby is 'on the way'. It is of course one of several false alarms and so we see the taxi arriving and departing several times!

 

 

These 1930s style buildings to the rear of Edward VII Hospital were nurses' residential units and were demolished to make way for the prestige housing development of 2002-3

 

 

There is more about the King Edward VII Hospital in Windsor here.

Hospital

Hospital

A view back towards Bolton Avenue from the hospital grounds as the cab leaves.

Romney Lock Road

In 1962 access to Romney Lock was from here at the junction with Edward VII Avenue (Datchet Road), and down Romney Lock Road alongside the railway and then crossing the track by the lock cut at a level crossing which has now been replaced by a footbridge across the railway. Vehicular access to Romney Lock is now on the other side of the Riverside Station from Farm Yard.

 

King Edward VII Ave

During the chase scenes the robbers are pursued along King Edward VII Avenue and are seen here turning right from the Datchet direction into Romney Lock Road...

Romney Lock Road would have formed part of the route around the 'Little Park' (as the Home Park was once known) from Windsor to Datchet, the other route being on the far side of the Castle and across what is now the private grounds of the castle. These routes were closed off when the Victoria and Albert Bridges were completed in 1851.

The public area now known as the Home Park was once private and enclosed by high walls. In the early 1700s it was part of a plan by Queen Anne to create the Maastricht Lake and Gardens. See The Home Park

Romney Lock Road

...which turns out to be a dead-end!

St Leonards Road

Martin's Garage was demolished to make way for Lammas Court. To the right, the Working Men's Club remains as of 2005, but the Spot Cafe and the house beyond (owned by Hulls the blacksmiths, with premises beside Bachelors Acre) were demolished to make way for flats in the 1990s.

St Leonards Road

St Leonards Road

Saffron
 

St Leonards Road

Another view of Martin's Garage. Note the Cedar Tree opposite, to the left of this view, a famous landmark in this part of Windsor. Beyond Martin's Garage is a smaller building used as a hairdressers, computer supplies shop and Office Services during the 1990s. In the early 2000s it became a restaurant, 'Saffron'. The Trooper Public House is beyond.

Although the road in the foreground is named Rigby Road, this was only for the film, the actual road being Queen's Road.

During the robbers get-away, the 'Glam Cabs' Cortina is seen passing Martins Garage and the famous Cedar Tree...

 

 

 

 

Another view of the Working men's Club with a glimpse of the original Spot Cafe to the right.

 

St Leonards Road

...turning into Queen's Road 'Rigby Road'.

St Marks Road

St Marks Road

St Marks Road is little changed although the fireman's tower has since been removed when the new fire station came into use lower down St Marks Road.

 

St Marks Road

Stovell Road

Stovell Road was lost beneath the Relief Road in the late 1960s. This view is at the junction with Maidenhead Road.

To the right are the playing fields, Stovell Recreation Ground, now absorbed into the grounds of Windsor Boys School. The school lost much of its playing fields when the Relief Road (Royal Windsor Way) was constructed and although Stovell Recreation Ground had been Public Open Space, it is now fenced off and unavailable for public use, a fact that irritated some residents at the time.

Stovell Road

Stovell Road 2004

The Relief Road now passes over the original Stovell Road, this being the realigned road through to Maidenhead Road.

Stovell Road

Another view of Stovell Road from the north looking south towards Maidenhead Road. Note that the original Stovell Road ran directly under the present Relief Road.

Stovell Road 2004

An underpass constructed through to Clewer, the entrance to which is on the right of this view.

 

Stovell Road

A similar view of the original Stovell Road looking south and slightly east towards Maidenhead Road and Windsor Boys School (known as Windsor Grammar School in 1962).

 

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