We have lived in the Burslem area for 76years,
Eddy came from Clewes St Middleport, Edith from Podmore St.
The best thing about Burslem when we were children were- Eddy-seen the 40-60 big horses coming out of the yard at the bakery, at 8am every morning.
Edith-having a nice park to play in, lots of fields and being able to know that we were safe to play, as everyone knew everyone then, our parents knew who were not nice people, so we stayed away, these days kids can’t play like we used to.
We didn’t have any holidays-we could not afford, but i did go to Trentham Gardens for the day with my brother.
Eddie remembers going shopping with his Gran- she would go late in the day to the market so that the flowers would be cheaper. Edith recalls been able to stay in Burslem for hours looking in different shops, with lots to see and do.
The shops remembered re-
Slacks-fruit-they had a big pan of beetroot on the boil.-Market stall-a man called jack rabbit would skin the rabbit there, he’d hook it on a nail, and pull the skin off.
Burgess-bread and cakes” the cakes were lovely”
Pubs- Queens, The Star and The Lion
Hamersley’s- department store
Cliffs- quality clothing
Brian’s butches- butchers were only open 3 days a week”
A slaughter house back of wades- through the archway ”there was a horrible smell from there”
Piddock and Beardmore
CO_OP-on Qeens st, 3 stories high with good quality things
Stevensons- fish and chip shop
Pie shop-navigation St”they sold lovely pies”
Leypland paints- Eddy brought his 1st paint brush from there, the bristles were made from a type of grass.
Cradocks- shoe shop
Burtons- a 50 shilling tailor-“don’t know who brought one-no-one could afford to buy a suit”
Jim Doors always wore a button hole,
Masons and maypole- Eddie would collect his mums shopping by bike on a Friday night.
Glode- Moorland Road
Swimming baths- Moorland Road
Burslem snack bar
“There was a great chose of shops”.
Can you remember any of these shops?