Monday 14 March 2022


Reproduced with permission

This photo is thought to have been taken in the early 1920s and to show children taking part in the Middlewich Rose Festival.

The children are in Wheelock Street outside the White Bear and, in the background to the right, can be seen a row of shops which disappeared in the early 1970s and has now been replaced by the former premises of Betfred Ltd, part of which is now occupied by Umbrella Homes. 

This was the row which once contained, at various times over the years, Cauley's grocery, Drinkwater's surveyors and estate agents, and the Meadow Dairy. 

The decorative, black and white, 'magpie' ornamentation on the building did not survive into the building's later years, but was definitely still there in the 1930s.

On the left is the church tower (note the flag flying from its pole. denoting that this was indeed a High day or Holiday) and the shops in the left background have survived to the present day to become Chimichangos, Carrie-Ann Sudlow Ltd, Dragon City and Indigo Hairdressing.

Older residents will remember these shops as Luther Walton's, Reg Taylor's Newsagents, Samuels' Ironmongers and Skellon's Shoe Shop.

Other shops in the same row, further towards the town centre, disappeared at the end of the 1960s to make way for what was originally the Co-op Superstore, now home to Tesco Express and the 'Super Discount' store.


1 comment:

  1. I remember the old shops well Samuels it had so many items if you needed it they had it the aroma as you walked in the shop stays with me today big loss that shop going .


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