Item BCA - 2018.1379 - Bridge Street in the twentieth century

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BCA - 2018.1379


Bridge Street in the twentieth century


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pdf of 21 photographs

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These photographs show the changing face of Bridge Street mostly though the twentieth century. If anyone knows who the three young boys are outside the Elephant and Castle please tell the Archive via the link on the home page and quote 2018.1379. The Elephant and Castle was a thatched inn until a stray firework, late in 1958 set it alight. One photograph shows the usual group of little scoundrels gathered on the bridge by the Elephant. A little towards the town centre there was the Wheat Sheaf Inn which became the Post Office in 1972. In the picture of the Horse Shoe, on the very left you can see the word Meat over what today is Barbers, a hairdresser; it was a butchers shop. In the same picture you can see Duttons before the present bay windows were created, the lower arches of the Town Hall were bricked up and part of the Lamb Inn and Robinsons can be seen in the Market Square. What today (2018) is the Romany Inn was Thompson the high class grocery shop patronised by the well-off. There is a lovely picture of Emmie Papworth outside her newsagents which became her son's, Tom, after she died and it remained a newsagent and tobacconist until the shop closed in 2012. A view from the west end of the Market Square looking into Bridge Street shows railings still in front of the Talbot, the shops today in Duttons No10 and Patrick Strainge the butchers. On the north side of the road are Viners, with blinds over the windows and Joyner the baker. An early twenty first century picture shows No1 Mill Green, an aerial view of the Horse Shoe with the antique shop to the left of it (now Barber the hairdresser), Patrick Strainge butcher before its extension into the vacated property next door which was the HSBC bank (and prior to that the Midland Bank), the terraced row of cottages called Albion Place financed by the daughters of the Dutton family, and the newly installed cover at the bus stop, which shortly after became pointless because the buses stopped in the Market Square instead. Patrick Strainge won many medals and had a Q standard for many years and young Ollie who took over from Patrick when he retired has continued to win prizes.

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