First Impressions
No. 03 - Part 06 - Nottingham Road
w/e 18 August 2019
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

This sixth and final part in the series covering Nottingham Road has been hanging over my head like the Sword of Damocles for far too long as it's more than three years since I uploaded Part 05. Despite the passage of time memories from my childhood and youth still fill my head as we continue from my former home to the top of Nottingham Road and White Lion Square.

Bus Lay-by

A similar view to this would greet me as I left home to dash across the road to catch the Nottingham bus which would take me to work in the mid 1960s. Back then the bus stop was situated at the lighting column on the left of the picture but since then, Dale Street has been blocked off to facilitate the creation of a bus lay-by.

The bus stop on the opposite side of the road then, was opposite Dale Street where a green pole that originally carried overhead lines for trolley buses stood. Pab's Discount Store has recently closed for business but a shop has been trading here right where that bus stop was for many years. Back in my youth however this was Clarkson's Bike Shop where customers would also get accumulators to run their wireless radios.
Two Shops

In the next terrace along there were, and still are for that matter, two more shops. The first, now Pete's Pergolas, was Argyle's ladieswear shop and the second, a cafe still selling hot food, was Ince's Chip Shop. Ince's shop had a large "Craven A" sign beneath its window which I remember well. In the previous part I mention a home-made trolley steered by a pyjama cord that had a tendency to snap causing the trolley to veer to the right. It happened one day when I was coming down Nottingham Road and crashed into the metal sign with an almighty bang.

At the other end of the terrace in the shop that is now a Barbers' was Mr Hoyes' shop - a favourite with all the children. It was a sweet shop with a famous "Penny Tray". You could go in, choose from the tray at a penny per item - sometimes you could get more than one sweet for your penny - and could easily leave with a bag full and still have change from a shilling. (Note for younger readers: There were twelve pennies in a shilling and twenty shilling in a pound. A shilling equates to 5p in decimal currency.)
LittlewickCar parkNext was the Fishing Tackle shop, Graham Garage, J. W. Shenthall Ltd, a grocery store which later became Dolly Richards Ladies Hairdressing Salon. These were all demolished and replaced by modern retail outlets and a car park (left). On the other side of Nottingham Road, Dr Skinner's Surgery and a large house have also been demolished recently to be replaced by the Littlewick Medical Centre (right).


Next to the Medical Centre on the corner of Orchard Street is a pharmacy. In the last few months this has changed its name to Peak Pharmacy from Manor Pharmacy but I remember it from years ago as Taylor's Chemist. And even before that in the days of my youth, it was Page's Wallpaper Shop. Taylor's and Page's actually swapped premises with the wallpaper shop moving up to the corner of of Graham Street, the next street up on this side of Nottingham Road. Orchard House on the other corner of Orchard Street was Dr. Laloo's Surgery so the pharmacy was ideally situated between the two.

Opposite Orchard Street on the junction of Havelock Street to the left and Regent Street to the right is Yeomans who have been trading from here for well over forty years but I still remember the pseudo-Tudor beams on the facade with the name R. D. Lodge above the windows. Grandma lived on Orchard Street and although we did not attend the Catholic Church, all the family would join neighbours to stand here and watch processions from the Catholic Church on special occasions like Corpus Christi as they paraded around the block, all the young girls wearing pretty white dresses.

Catholic Church

The Catholic Church, or to give it its full name the Church of Our Lady and St. Thomas of Hereford, stands on the corner of Regent Street with the adjoining Presbytery to the right facing Nottingham Road. Built between 1921 and the early 1930s the church is in the Early English Gothic style and is predominantly of Darley Dale stone. During the Second World War, my Dad, unable to serve in the Forces due to a disability, acted as an Air Raid Warden and ushered people into the crypt at the church when the sirens sounded.
Shops To The Left

We're now almost at the top of Nottingham Road and the mixed residential/business premises now become predominantly business orientated. On the left most of the shops have changed over the years. The greengrocer has gone and a dress shop is now an Indian Restaurant. Briggs' Chip Shop was sold by the Briggs family and although the name stayed the same the business now operates out of the last property on this side. The original shop (with others) was demolished to allow for the construction of Chalons Way and the island at the end of it on White Lion Square.
Shops To The Right

It's a similar story on the right hand side of the road although the shop that was Birkin's Barbers' Shop years ago still provides the same service albeit with different owners. In the early part of my working life, I would often pass through the archway on the right of the picture to access offices that were part of EMEB's organisation in a building that now houses Orchard Joinery Works.These are also accessed from Orchard Street. The Firework Shop at the left hand side of the picture on the corner of Graham Street is only open twice a year nowadays - for Bonfire Night in November and again in the build up to the New Year. This is the shop however that featured in the Pages/Taylors swap mentioned earlier.

On the other corner of Graham Street is a newsagent but I can't pass this way without recalling when it was Sisson's Newsagents with Moorley's Book and Bible Shop next door. There was also George Toplis the butcher in the same row with Spendlove's Grocery, which was previously Greenaway's, on the corner. The shops are still there but the shopkeepers and the businesses have all changed.

Missing Buildings

To complete our sojourn up Nottingham Road, here is a bonus picture showing the approach to the large island at the end of Chalons Way. Anyone familiar with this view in years gone by will only have to close their eyes to see the missing buildings - Mason's Cobblers Shop, the original Briggs' Chip and Wet Fish Shop, the gate into the back yard of the White Lion Pub and of course the pub itself on the corner of White Lion Square. The years roll on so please excuse me for all this wallowing in nostalgia - but ah the memories!
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