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Battersby   Views: 919
no 8 Victoria rd, Platt Bridge,   Comments: 11
Photo: Bet.   Item #: 29514  
no 8 Victoria rd, Platt Bridge,
  Master Battersby in front of his home. c1930.  

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Comments by irene roberts, 3rd July 2017  
How I would love to walk into that little shop! I bet that's a Brooke Bond Tea advert on the wall to the right of the window. I have one on my backyard wall.

Comments by cliff, 3rd July 2017  
i think uncle fred lived there in the 50 s

Comments by Bet, 6th July 2017  
Irene..Interesting, wondered what that sign was,thank you. The shop and most of the houses have long gone, although part of the vicarage wall in the background of the photo is still standing, the vicarage has also gone and they say it was a different world back then.I believe the lads used to play a game called trust weight heavy against the wall. Girls top and whip on the pavements and hoop and stick in the road. The photos belonged to Eddie Battersby, believe the boy is his younger brother. Ted enjoyed reminiscing and could remember the items in the Bats shop. They sold all sorts apparently, from sweets and dandelion and burdock to powders for ailments, etc. He took pride telling folk about his memories in the community. When Ted was a lad, apart from playing football, he would get a couple of pennies from his mother for helping her, he would then enjoy spending it at the pictures and the billiard hall. Loved his life on Victoria road and often recalled playing cards with his pals on the street corner, on one particular day when they had just discovered they had been called up to serve in ww2. Most of them were soon involved at Dunkirk. He missed the call up, his mates and the area terribly (home sick) when the family eventually emigrated to...... Ince. He lived till age 84, but still knew every street and shop in Platt Bridge as it was in those days and the residents on Victoria rd. Ted could still tell you the price of everything in the shop, from a packet of woodies (woodbines) often sold loose when requested, to the lengths of elastic readily available for necessary bloomer repairs and the like in that era. They lived in the back of the shop at no 8, when he and his siblings were young and would help serve the customers in the shop at times, occasionally grumbling with each other, over who’s turn it was. Colliers would send family members out late in the evening to the shop on emergency errands, out of opening hours, usually for vital supply of chewing baccy, to take down pit the morning after. The Bats would answer the late knock at the door from valued customers. Teds brother Peter would often say,“always thank them”.
Thank you, Irene.

Comments by Bet, 6th July 2017  
Cliff.. Your uncle Fred could have lived there, the Battersby family left before the fifties and a Mr Collinge occupied no 8 Victoria road previously. Believe Mr Collinge was involved in property and there is a street off Victoria road named Collinge st. The Battersbys lived on Collinge st previously and on Foggs lane when first married.

Comments by cliff, 6th July 2017  
thanks bet i lived across the rd in wilson st and went to school rosebridge cliff

Comments by Ste, 6th July 2017  
Hi I used live near here was there a shop on corner Colin st Called Sid durnleys I remember cobble st

Comments by TD,, 7th July 2017  
Hi Ste.. Around about the time of Bets photo and at the other end of the row from the Battersby shop no 8 Victoria rd, was number 14 on the corner of Vic rd and Collinge st. Number 14 was an off licence, ale and porter in 1925 run by Edward Smith. Presume no 14 was still a shop run by people of different names in later years?

Comments by irene roberts, 8th July 2017  
Bet, thankyou so much for that wonderfully interesting information. I have a fascination for old shops and packaging, when things were sold loose instead of pre-packaged, using paper bags, brown paper and string, greaseproof paper and cardboard boxes, (no plastic bags). I even have a string of paper bags hung in my kitchen, and a couple of original three-cornered toffee-bags, once white but now brown with age. I believe Co-op assistants could knock up a paper bag from a piece of paper in no time, and am sad that those skills are now gone. Thanks again for sharing the photo and the memories.

Comments by cliff, 8th July 2017  
i dont remember a cobble st ste were was it cliff

Comments by Ste, 11th July 2017  
Hi cliff it was Colin st when old houses was up about 1960

Comments by TD,., 18th July 2017  
1881 Directory: Alfred James, shopkeeper and beer retailer, 10 Victoria Road, Platt Bridge.

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