Barton St. mid 50s

During the mid fifties there were 7 butchers in Barton St plus a slaughterhouse.
There was Philpotts, just by Bagnalls, Ted Tingle on the corner of Hopewell St., then there were 3 between Hopewell St. and Stratton Rd., namely L.C.M later to become Baxter’s , Waites was opposite the post office, and Sterrys almost next door to Beaulys radio and TV shop, Poole Bros.  On the corner next door to what is the Jack of Clubs Pub opposite was the Pawnbroker Shelton’s, farther down on that side was Debbie’s just past the Labour club . Opposite was the Cafe Continental. There was a record shop close by to Pooles and not forgetting The Barton Press who also had a stall in Eastgate Market. Harry Cole (famous for his fish and chips), Tom Goddard with his furniture shop , Archie Smith TV and Radio , sorry I forgot one butchers it was the Co op opposite to Stratton Rd who sold fresh fish there also.  Barclays Bank had a branch there by Marchants the Chemist, Mr. Fletcher was the chief Clerk there.  The Police Station was originally in Hopewell St., Sgt Ryland was in Charge . Alfred Hurran the florist , Cantillion the shoe repair man just inside Derby Rd., and  Goodwins the Undertakers.  So as you can see in those days you could get all your shopping and services i.e. banking and 2 Post offices in the Barton and High St. area.

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  • I was born at 208 Barton St, our only entrance was into Hopewell St. Ours was right opposite the slaughter house and mine and my sisters bedroom overlooked it. We would get woken up by the poor pigs squealing as they were waiting for their demise. Also every so often there would be a large bullock/cow ringed up outside and we would have to walk sideways to get past them.

    By kathleen arch (22/07/2020)

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