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Ben Turner annual pic-nic
Photo: Nick Hampson
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Item #: 32208
I'm Ben Turner's great grandson and have four old photographs of Ben Turner shops. this one is particularly of its time, with the charabanc trip, but i have no date for it: i'm guessing 1920. i'd love to know exactly where it is.

Comment by: MickLD on 10th May 2020 at 17:32

Nick Hampson - the photo was taken in Woodcock Street, which ran between Market Street and Hope St.
The tall ornate building to the left of your great grandfather's shop was a cold store, and later Crank and Burton's plumbing supplies/builder's merchants.

Comment by: Josh on 10th May 2020 at 17:46

Posted under “Places” and then “Woodcock Street” by Ron Hunt, number 31977.

Comment by: Philip G. on 10th May 2020 at 19:21

I've seen the 'Rowntree's Chocolates' poster elsewhere. It appears as being a 1923 printing; the lady appearing in a lemon top, and her friend in a striped blazer.

Comment by: MickLD on 11th May 2020 at 09:08

Well spotted Philip.

Comment by: Philip G. on 11th May 2020 at 10:42

Thanks Mick. I look forward to your future 'posts with gravitas'.

Comment by: Pw on 12th May 2020 at 14:12

I recall a Ben Turners in Hindley and a Norman Turners,both butchers.I wonder if they were related?

Comment by: Frank A on 14th May 2020 at 10:34

The cold store was part of Ashton's fishmongers. My mother worked there in the 1950's and my uncle drove a lorry to Fleetwood for ice in the 1930's.

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