Another Trip Down Memory Lane
The following comments have been provided by residents of Queensbury and relate to the shops remembered in times gone past.
I have been thinking about laiking out and nipping to the shops for sweets when I was a kid. My, how the village has changed! I have tried to compile a list of shops starting from Ambler Thorne and going to Sandbeds. There are some I have missed, some I may have the names wrong as my memory is not quite what it used to be.
So let’s have a go at naming all of the shops. Feel free to add your own comments by using the rely function at the bottom of the article and send us details of your own thoughts and memories whatever they are.
Wooden Fish and chip shop, opposite the Royal Oak, now long gone.
Butchers shop just above wooden hut fish shop.
Opposite side of road was a cafe
Bottom of Roper Lane, Sarah Emma’s little grocery shop.
John Lawson’s cobblers shop opposite corner of Roper lane
Post Office at the end of Roper Lane.
Economic Stores at the bottom of Oxford Road.
Low Decker cottage this side of Omnibus was another fish & chip shop.
Old semi detached bungalows were the Liberal club
Economic (now Tony’s) we think was originally the Co-op there is a sign in the stone work above the door.
Hesfords at The Ford. Strange to think at one time this was the only shop open on a Sunday morning. I used to call there when going to the Union Croft Chapel, son was called Rodney in believe.
Foulds, Ford Hill. – run by Eric and Dorothy Foulds (family friends of my parents) They used to deliver groceries.
Hairdressers, by The Waggoner’s. Mary Elizabeth’s, Rita used to work there and so did Bev’s sister.
Fish shop, West End. – right next door to where I lived at 100 West End – the smell used to drive us mad but they sold Ben Shaw’s pop – always the best. Oh no I disagree I remember New Delight pop being delivered to the door, Cream Soda and Dandelion and Burdock was the best. I didn’t care as long as I was drinking some, got a delivery once a week, from New Delight, didn’t last long.
Economic Stores, West End. – run by a very scary man called Fred
Edgar Bancrofts at the top of Deanstones lane – my local sweetshop – spent hours trying to get the extra gum out of chewing gum machine outside
Claytons Greengrocers next to the West End. Formerly run by Ernest Hill
Steve’s Butchers, West End.
Launderette, West End. Run for years by my Grandma Brown (Bella Brown)
Sand’s Chemists, West End.
Barbers at The Terminus – owned by John Archer
Butchers at The terminus. Owned by Leonard Johnson
Coates Toy and sweet shop. I used to spend ages looking at their fantastic window display, wondering what I might get for Christmas.
Coal Merchants (Can’t remember the name) – High Street – Everyone had a coal fire, still remember parts of the village going smokeless and having to buy coke instead.
Greengrocery shop next to Granby (Was this Smith’s??) We always got fresh fish from there on a Tuesday, my aunt always had fish in milk.
Coop, my mother took me there to get my school uniform, I remember the penny Hovis loaves. – I remember going there for my mum and asking for the chalk that they used on the front doorsteps. Orange on the riser with a white line on the front of the tread and then having to give my mum’s ‘divi’ number. Everyone on the Granby Fields were very proud of their front steps.
Stocks Hardware, High Street. They used to put all the goods on the pavement in front of the shop – Shop always smelt of paraffin
Poole’s Cycle shop, High Street. Always went there for small fancy gifts for mothers day
Archers Newsagents, High Street.
Mitchells, High Street. Bought my first 45 rpm record of Cliff Richard there – you could go and listen to records on headphones in a little booth.
Economic, High Street.
Munz’s Pie Shop, High Street. My dad used to send me there to get his “Growlers”, mum always liked the Poloney. Back in High Street, Maurice Helliwells Butchers where Victoria Gore opticians is, another butchers Kelly’s sold lovely pork pies across road next to Wheatsheaf. Probably what is mentioned as Munz’s because they also had a shop down Gt Horton.
Butchers, High street. – There was Kelly’s Pork shop and Hellewells butchers
Dry Cleaner’s, High street. – Glen Cooklands mum worked there
Dewhurst’s Chemists, High Street.
Carpet Shop, High Street.
Rushworths paper shop in high street.
Miss Giffords Hat shop – then it was owned by the Price family (my aunt).
MacDonnalds fruit and veg shop (next to Bob Munz).
Dave Roberts – he always had large carpets outside his house – never knew what he did with them though (next to Crockets dry cleaners – He used to sell them on market stalls, my dad Donald Buckley, used to give him a hand at the weekend.
Sand’s Chemist’s High street,
Cake shop near Sands Chemist – can’t remember the name though.
Thornes Bakers – High Street – Owned/managed? By the Turner family – Still remember the smell of their freshly baked t-cakes, they didn’t last long though as they didn’t have all those preservatives in but they didn’t last long any way as they were so delicious. Just remembered those loose biscuits too that you could buy, none of your packages like today.
Gallons Grocers – high street.
Misses Wrights Drapers shop – West end next to the chapel.
Winnie Howe’s wool shop – high street.
Yorkshire Bank was the vicarage.
Carters tailors – next to dry cleaners in high street.
Fred Swires drapers shop – high street – My grandma worked for him as well.
Lee’s Greengrocers, at the cross roads, no traffic lights then, they were not needed due to the low number of vehicles using the roads. Doreen and Gilbert Lee.
Cannot remember what the now Barbers Shop by the Stag was.
Joe Glovers sweet shop opposite Victoria Hall. Plus a little cobblers shop next door. Jack Lightowler’s Joiners.
Butchers shop on past Handy Shop, not sure whether this was Wallace Holroyds or not, he had a slaughter house just up Denholme Gate Road from the lights because a beast ran out and dented my Dad’s car, couldn’t claim anything.
Cobblers at the end of Chapel Street.
Watchmakers at the end of Chapel Street.
Butchers, Chapel Street.
Fish shop, Chapel Street.
Jack Holdsworth’s junction of Chapel St and Albert Rd
Pie and pea shop, Chapel Street. Only open for a short time, it was at the bottom of Nelson Street.
Butchers shop in Chapel Street, the butcher hung himself years ago, they always said it was haunted. Maybe won’t want to say that.
Mrs Wade at bottom of Chapel Lane.
Shop opposite barbers at end of Chapel Street Alec Wright’s????
Off Licence, Chapel Street.
Fish shop, Small Page. Excellent fish and chips and cheap.
Barnes, Small Page. Harry used to collect insurance money and used a Jowett Javelin. Agnes was the boss.
Mrs Crowder’s sweet shop – No 1 Briggs St, Granby Fields – Run from her small vestibule – The choice from the penny tray had to be seen to be believed.
Holmes sweet shop up Ladysmith Road.
Carters blacksmiths bottom of Fleet Lane, across fleet lane think might have been another fish shop.
Gallons grocers down High Street and Thornes Bakers was the cake shop already mentioned and Sands Chemist where florist is now.