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Morris Street was was named after its builder, W E Morris, who built several other streets in Rodbourne in the late 19th century. One of the first buildings to be built was the Morris Street Working Men’s Club. Some of the earliest terraces in Rodbourne, opposite the club, are marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map but their location is now a car park.

Rodbourne Rockets, News Chronicle Cycle Speedway Championship 2nd Round Results

ID Number – 123.34

Image No – img041

Subject – Match Report

Date – ?

Donor – TellingBarrie

Street – Morris Street

Location – Brown’s Field

Rodbourne Rockets, Cycle Speedway Cup Winners

ID Number – 123.32

Image No – img039

Subject – Speedway Cup Winners Report

Date – ?

Donor – TellingBarrie

Street – Morris Street

Location – Brown’s Field

Rodbourne Rockets beat Purton Panthers

ID Number – 123.31

Image No – img038a

Subject – Rodbourne Rockets vs Purton Panthers match report

Date – ?

Donor – TellingBarrie

Street – Morris Street

Location – Brown’s Field

Rodbourne Rockets Trophies

ID Number – 123.29

Image No – img037

Subject – Barrie Telling holding trophies

Date – circa 1952

Donor – TellingBarrie

Street – Morris Street

Location – ?

Additional Info – Unfortunately we can’t identify these trophies so any help would be appreciated. Please send your information via our CONTACT page

Rodbourne Rockets, Trophies

Group Photo Info: L/R Mr Froud, Stan Holmes (Secretary), Barrie Telling

ID Number – 123.28

Image No – img036

Subject – Rodbourne Rockets Trophies

Date – circa 1952

Donor – TellingBarrie

Street – Morris Street

Location – ?

Additional Info – Barrie sitting on a more conventional road bike. We haven’t been able to identify the trophies or the exact location in Morris Street. May be  you could help?

Rodbourne Rockets, Practice Day

Group Photo Info: L/R Barrie Telling, Mick Fisher

ID Number – 123.27

Image No – img035

Subject – Rodbourne Rockets Practice Day

Date – 1952

Donor – TellingBarrie

Street – Morris Street

Location – Brown’s Field

Additional Info – This photo in the later years of the Rockets shows the improvements to the track in that unlike the early days there is now a concrete inner kerb. It would be near the time when the Rockets would be disbanded due to a large number of their riders being called up for National Service.

Also notice the trees in Morris Street which were felled when the present semi-detached houses were built on Brown’s Field.

Rodbourne Rocket’s Trophies

Group Photo Info –L/R: Battle of Britain Cup, Wiltshire Championship Best of Pairs Cup, Wiltshire Championship Individual Silver Helmet. All the shields are the Swindon & District Cycle Speedway Shields.

ID Number – 123.21

Image No – img029

Subject – Rodbourne Rocket’s Cups

Date – 1951

Donor – TellingBarrie

Street – Morris Street

Location – Brown’s Field

Rodbourne Rockets, Early Team

Group Photo Info: L/R Dennis Jones, Laurence Froud, Herbie Spurr, Alan Kennett, Brian Cowley (Mascot), Barrie Telling, Mick Webb, Mick Fisher, Roger Brown

ID Number – 123.20

Image No – img028

Subject – Rodbourne Rockets Early Team

Date – 1950

Donor – TellingBarrie

Street – Morris Street

Location – Brown’s Field

Additional Info – All the Rodbourne Rocket riders have breast plates made out of coal sacks and soft hats. The coal sacks were supplied by Brookes Coal Merchants of Bruce Street who’s son was a rider for the Rodbourne Rockets later on in their history.

Rodbourne Rockets, 1st Home Match Team Photo

Group Photo Info – Back row L/R Sid Smart (Manager), Barrie Telling, David Jones, Laurence Froud, Les Webb, Stan Holmes (Secretary)

Front row  L/R – Mick Fisher, Herbie Spur, Alan Kennet, Ron Skeats

ID Number – 123.19

Image No – img027

Subject – 1st Home Match

Date – 1950

Donor – TellingBarrie

Street – Morris Street

Location – Brown’s Field

Additional Info – The vests made from coal sacks shows that his was early days for the team as later on they had custom made leather vests. Notice Mannington Recreation Ground’s changing rooms and playground in the background.

Rodbourne Rockets, 1st Home Match Pit Area

Group Photo Info On Bike, Laurence Froud

ID Number – 123.18

Image No – img026

Subject – 1st Home Match

Date – 1950

Donor – TellingBarrie

Street – Morris Street

Location – Brown’s Field

Additional Info – As you can see the Cycle Speedway bike had been modified from the standard model. To allow the rider to lean over at the corners of the track and still keep pedaling the main sprocket ground clearance had been increased by modifying the main frame. To allow the rider as low a position as possible sitting, the crossbar has been bent to lower the saddle.

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