Another Trip Down Memory Lane, Comments from Local Residents

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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.

Gledhills, Sandbeds

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.


14 thoughts on “Another Trip Down Memory Lane, Comments from Local Residents

  1. Been trying to remember the name of Glovers for ages thanks. I worked at Carters Blacksmiths from 1963 until I emigrated to Australia in 1969. Lived in the houses in Wheatsheaf Yard before moving to Hillcrest road and then Wridgeway
    Dad borrowed MacDonalds truck to move our stuff from the Wheatsheaf. Used to go to a youth club up Chapel lane. Was a member of the 18th Bradford South scout troop under Roger Hyde and Pop Atkinson. Enjoyed a drink mainly at the West End

  2. On the corner of Hight St. and Brighouse Rd. (opposite the war memorial) there was Lee’s fish shop (wet fish). On Sandbeds opposite Victoria Hall was Sykes fish shop. Nextdoor was Heatons sweet shop and next to them was Joe Glover’s. Joe started out a bit further on as a pie and pea shop which had big chunks of ham in it and was delicious. Next to him on one side was Farnell’s grocery at the top of Deep Lane. On the other side of Glover’s was Jimmy Cooper the barber and next to him was Whitworth’s fish shop. Sykes and Whitworth’s used to alternate. Sykes was open Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Whitworth’s on the other days, except Sunday. It’s all gone.

  3. Hi Ian
    probably not seen you since 1963 when I left school.
    Wallace Holroyds butchers was next to the post office then on sandbeds there was Cyril Truffitt Buchers and next door was Ramsdens grocers.
    then Hartley’s sweet shop.
    opposite side of the road was Waddington’s they sold cotton and wool.
    The cobbler near Joe Glover’s was Digby’s.
    The barbers shop was the gas showrooms .
    Morris Helliwells Butcher just died last year aged 90.
    Does anyone remember Corky the milk man with the horse and cart ?

    • John,

      I too left school in 1963, Ernest was our milk man, he lived at Mountain. In the 70’s his children used to deliver our milk to New Park Road, I don’t ever remember a failed delivery.


    • I took a nostalgic visit to Queensbury last week and couldn’t ,remember the milkman who delivered the school milk to Foxhill. Thank you it was Corky (Corkwells) their farm was opposite the gate to the park. We used to buy 2d.s worth of chips from Sykes and sit on the steps of the Black Dyke Band room and listen to them rehearse on a Tuesday. I went to the Baptist school for the infant classes, then to Foxhill which was a mile away from home on Hill Crest Road, and we came home for our dinners sometimes getting a lift from Mr. Blackburn the milkman.

    • John, I do remember them, also the joiners shop where I went to buy ply wood for a drawing board for Technical Drawing. This was at Sandbeds but I cannot remember the name of the company.

    • I remember the claypit and the brickworks very well. It was where I used to play as a kid. It was great playing in the old disused brick kiln buildings. My mates were Melvyn Smith, Alan Henderson, David Hey, Norman Howard. In the bad winter of 1947 the snow on one of the brick kiln buildings crashed the roof in. I used to live at end of Albert St. (down Brickfields at bottom of Deep Lane) just opposite the gasometer. I once set fire to the brickfields (about 1950) and they brought out the fire brigade. I got a good thrashing at home.

  4. Lightowler’s Joiners was the name I also bought ply there for a coffee table I was making in wood work at school , think thats where it all went wrong I finished up a Joiner.

  5. Hi Carl
    you must be a bit older then me but I can recall all your mates but not you.
    Melvyn Smith, Alan Henderson, David Hey, Norman Howard.
    Once bought a whit rat of Melvyn Smith but my mother made me give it him back.
    I was mates with Philip Hay Davids younger brother.
    I know Alan Henderson is no longer with us but dont know about the others.

    • Hello John – just seen your reply. I’m now 74. The name Gormley really rings a bell but I just can’t put a face to it. Did you have any brothers or sisters and where did you live? I remember Philip Hey well. David Hey is living in Paris, Ontario, Canada and he owns a pub. I visited him 3 years ago (I live in Florida). I also met up with Norman Howard a couple of years ago in the Halfway Pub on Sandbeds. We had a couple of pints of Timothy Taylors together. Do you remember Peter Gempton and Jimmy Kelly? Also a girl called Denise Law who limped? They all lived on Sandbeds.

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