Number 32 Main Street, c.1990
The Queen of Hearts Bakery and, above, the
Looking Glass Hairdresser's. Formerly Miss Radcliffe's Bakery at the top of
Miss Edna Radcliffe closed her shop in the early 1970s and from 1973-85, the
upper floor, after alterations, became a hairdresser's shop, Marcelle's,
(Mrs. White's). The property changed ownership in
1985 to the Gallagher family. In March 1985 the upper floor became 'The
Looking Glass', the unisex hair salon of Colette and later Colette and
Michelle Gallagher. In May 1986 the old groundfloor shop premises were
refurbished and re-opened as 'The Queen of Hearts' bakery and delicatessen
by Mrs. Gallagher. It was reminiscent of the former bakery, though no baking
was done on the premises but was bought in from a multiple firm, -
The Queen of Hearts closed at the end of October 1994 and the shop was
converted into a hairdressing salon by Mrs. Gallagher, opening the beginning
of December, 1994. When the hairdressing moved to the groundfloor, the
upstairs was made into a self-contained flat.
Main Street, 1920 or earlier.
Looking up Main Street from the former Post
Office, now 286, Main Street.
On the immediate right are the shutters of the Post Office window, hanging
from the wall; the front room window of the family part of the property; the
Post Office door and window; the old cottage with its low wall and iron
railings on top, and the gents outfitters shop with its box-bay window, that
of Mr. Francis Crewe.
Children are playing at the top of Holmes' Yard, round the gas lamp, - a
frequent village scene. Miss Radcliffe's shop is there with corner door and
shuttered window. Beyond are the old cottages, which were very low and
people went down a small step into them, (now demolished and later the site
of the entrance to acar repair workshop).
There are two houses beyond, 40 and 42, and Ivy House. The end
room of Ivy House was used by Barclay's Bank for a morning session. In the
yard behind Ivy House and Nos 40 and 42 Main Street, P.J.Parrott, the
village building firm, had their yard and joiners and undertakers workshop.
The firm went into liquidation in 1967.
The taller properties beyond the yard were first a village fish and chip
shop, next two private houses, the larger of the two said to have been a
small village school. Beyond that is the gable of the two houses which stood
at the top of Hicks ( Skinner) Lane, frontage faced onto Main Street. They
had their own yard at the rear and there was also a row of houses down Hicks
Lane, on the left side going down. Beyond these houses at the top of Hicks
Lane was Wright's small shop, the small cottage, the barber's shop, then
Across the road at the rear of the photo is the front of the Malt Shovel Inn
(which stood approximately where the Community Centre now stands). On the
left of this is the 'Bank House' as it was called; maybe a Bank was here at
one time. NB. No other properties on the left of Main Street.