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Memories from Alan & Freda Vickers
Memories relate to 1948 - 1953

Newbottle Street in the 1950s

My wife, Freda, and I have put our heads together to come up with a list of the shops and businesses in Newbottle Street as we remember them. This relates to the period about 1948 - 1953 or thereabouts.

There are one or two that we cannot remember and inevitably there will be one or two errors - shops not quite in the correct place, for example.

However we believe that the list is substantially correct. Copyright © Books of the North 2009.

Left hand side on leaving The Broadway.
Coliseum picture house
Stone’s pork butchers (they were German and were well liked; we cannot recall any bad feelings towards them during World War II).
Barclays Bank Copyright © Books of the North 2009.

An advert for C.Stone, Pork Butcher, Newbottle Street, Houghton-le-Spring, in 1954

Wheler Street opening
Hodgson’s – radio & electrical, accumulator charging, later television
Gilroy’s bakers
Post Office
Bruce’s fancy goods
Johnston’s drapers and sock making factory – not too busy at this time.
Grand picture house
Empire picture house
Newbottle Street School

Newbottle Street in 1949

Newbottle Street in 1949

Station Road opening
Leith’s cycles
Welfare Centre
George Reed’s sale rooms
Gas show rooms

The Broadway, Houghton le Spring, in the 1950s, inc. White Lion and Golden Lion pubs

The corner of the Broadway in the late 1950s

Right hand side on leaving The Broadway
White Lion public house
London Lending Library
Sloane’s Billiard Hall
Entrance to Grayson’s Market
Britannia public house
Jaconelli’s ice cream parlour
Sangster’s wet fish shop (in later years - upstairs was Hunter photographer)
Doggart’s drapers Copyright © Books of the North 2009.

Newbottle Street in around 1945

Hunter's Stores on Newbottle Street, c1945

Mautland Street opening
Wheatley’s fruit and vegetable shop and sweet shop
Betty’s sweet shop (in later years J Wheatley’s sweet shop)
Fletcher’s fruit and vegetable shop
Hunter’s general dealers
Dewhurst butchers
F Jones, chemist
Riani’s ice cream parlour
Robbie Burns public house
Greenhow’s hardware

An early view of Greenhow's hardware store.  The business opened in 1805.

Greenhow's Hardware Store

Robinson Street opening
Tymm’s draper
George Graham, general dealer
? barber’s shop
Breeze’s grocers Copyright © Books of the North 2009.

During the Second World war there was a ‘Public Restaurant’ in Newbottle Street and Freda thinks that it may have been in the premises of George Reed’s sale Rooms.

In the late 1950s I can remember that there was Blackburn’s newsagents next to Barclays Bank so I presume that they took over the premises of Stone’s pork butchers.

I have a record that the Trustee Savings Bank being at 77 Newbottle Street in 1955.

Alan & Freda Vickers, 2009


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With thanks to Alan and Freda Vickers. Alan has been a great help to me since 2002 with various local history research, and his help is greatly appreciated. Photos from Paul Lanagan's collection.



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