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Can you name Mersey Tunnel
Andrew, I have only recently found the web site and found it
I have a photo of a trip to the Mersey Tunnel from the Red Cow
(above) and I was told I should remember most of the faces. But I cannot
put names to them.
My father, Joe Jones, is top right and my mother is the
lady between the ladies in white hats. Perhaps you can identify
some of them.
By the way, the photo of the workman in
Pratchett's Row in "A Dabber's Nantwich" shows my uncle, Albert Roscoe.
There's not a lot I can tell you about him, except that he was
married to Nancy and they lived in Rigby's Row, Nantwich.
Do you have the photo (right) of Welsh Row?
Vic Jones, Nantwich
THE Mersey Road Tunnel was opened in
1934 and so the date of the photo is correct. The licensee of the
Red Cow that year was Jervis Armstrong.
Thanks for your information
about Albert Roscoe.
I like the Welsh Row
photo. Unfortunately I have been unable to date it but would
guess around 1910. I can make out Taylor's shop on the left but
can find no reference to them. I like the person with
the basket on their head to the left of the image.
I couldn't find the row of houses
where my grandfather lived
marriage certificate gives his place of residence at the time of
his marriage as 1 Wood's Row, Barony, Nantwich.
Although on a
visit to Nantwich I was able to locate the Barony (Barony
Road) I could find
no signs of Wood's Row. Do you have any idea where it might
Your help would be much appreciated.
Linda Peake, Northern Ireland
Barony Terrace. In the distance, to
the left, is the Rifleman Inn.
Seeking information about Nantwich shops
I NOW live in Canada and am looking for
any information you may have about a fruit and vegetable shop in
Pillory Street, owned by Ernest Cooper circa 1940s.
general info or personal info regarding Mr Cooper's ancestors or
family would be of interest.
Would you also have any info on when
John France had his frame-maker and gilder business at 12 Beam
Glynis Cooper, Crystal Beach, Ontario,
Canada SEPTEMBER 2011
I have had a look through Nantwich
directories for Ernest Cooper in Pillory Street and can find no
trace of him. There is no mention in 1939.
The next directory is 1953 and again no
mention. Did the shop go under someone else's
Regarding John France, the
earliest reference is at 30 Beam Street in 1883. By 1887 he had
moved to 12 Beam Street and he was there for a long time, my last
reference being in 1938. He is described as a carver, gilder and
picture frame maker.
We cannot find mention of streets
An aerial view of Market Street from St Mary's Church. Johnston's
Buildings is the row of houses (1) standing next to the Civic Hall car
park. Other marked buildings are: 2, the market; 3, the Regal cinema; 4,
cottages; 5, Robinson's boot and shoe factory; 6, the Church of England
Primary School (now Peter Wilson Fine Art Auctioneers); 7, the Civic
Hall; 8, the Technical Institute (now the public library); 9, the Red
Cow pub; 10, The Gables. Buildings 3, 4 and 5 are now the
headquarters of Chatwin's bakery.
MY mother and I have been tracing our
family tree and have a marriage certificate with addresses in
Nantwich in 1933. One of which we can find no mention of anywhere
and another that we are assuming is Johnson's Buildings.
The first address given was 9 Johnston's Buildings, off Beam
Street, We have assumed this will be the same Johnson's Building
that is mentioned on your website. Do you know if we are correct to
assume this and if so was Johnson's Buildings located behind the
current Nantwich Library?
The other address was Beckett's Entry, off Beam Street. We cannot
find any mention of this address anywhere.
Emma Thomas, Crewe
Thank you for your enquiry. I can
confirm that Johnston's Buildings were located where you said -
behind Nantwich Library.
The photograph above is
from my book, "Lost Houses in Nantwich", which shows the row of
houses (1) behind the Civic Hall at right
angles to Beam Street.
I do not know of the
location of Beckett's Entry
but if you will let me have the family
surname I may be able to locate them using street directories of the
Emma later gave Andrew the surname
Stokes, but this produced disappointing news. Andrew wrote:
"I have had a look at the 1938
street directory for Nantwich and can find no mention of the
Stokes family in Beam Street or in Johnston's Buildings."
Emma - who added: "It
was fascinating to see the picture of Johnston's Buildings" -
asked about finding which church a burial or christening
occurred in, in the Nantwich parish in the 1800s.
Andrew replied: "If you
Google 'Cheshire Parish Register Project' you can find
transcriptions from the registers of some Cheshire churches
including Nantwich. Go to the database, select baptism, marriage
or burial, then select either All Parishes or Nantwich, then
enter the surname. You need to add a 1 to the date shown. i.e.
Buildings in another letter
1683. Then you have month and date."
A further word from Emma:
"Andrew. Thank you for the help with my questions. It is
fascinating to rediscover information from my families past. I
should have clarified that the Stokes family lived at Beckett's
Entry (which was the place that you had not been able to find
the location of). I will keep searching and hopefully I might
find it at some point."
later had this comment to make: "There were two entries
quite close together near the Barony end of Beam Street
and about where the fire station is now. In a Nantwich
Street Directory of 1896, Samuel Beckett (retired publican)
is listed in an entry between 98 and 100 Beam Street.
It is possible that this is
Beckett's Entry. A quick look at the Census of 1891 and of
1901 shows that the entries were not specifically named,
which is a shame.
The Ordnance Survey
1910 map clearly shows the 15 houses in Johnston's Buildings
with the entry that I suspect is Beckett's Entry just under
the S in Beam Street. The other entry is a few doors to the
left (or west).
Needles recall old drapery shop
The Simpson brothers'
shop - next to the Crown Hotel (left) - from a 1910 postcard.
shop when it was occupied by Reeds Rains, the estate
Today it is the Caffe Nero coffee
I WONDER if you could help me. My
mother-in-law recently passed away and I have inherited her old
sewing box. The box contains a pack of needles with the label,
"Simpson Bros, General and Fancy Drapers, Nantwich". Do you have
any recollection of this shop?
We lived in Nantwich
until 1981 when we moved to our current home. My husband, David, has
published four local history books of Haslington and Winterley
(printed by Johnson's) hence the interest in such finds as the
Lesley Green, Haslington, Cheshire
I HAVE only found one reference to the
shop. It is in the 1913 Street directory. It says: "Simpson Bros.,
general drapers, milliners and dressmaker,
22 High Street." That later
premises of Reeds Rains, next door to the Crown Hotel.
The shop had changed hands
by 1934 from when I have my next directory.
Similarly, in an earlier
directory, of 1896, T.D.Hampson, general draper and silk merchant
occupies the premises.
I THOUGHT Dorothy Vaughan may have
something to say about the shop. I was right. In her "Odes to
Old Nantwich" - reminiscences of shops in Nantwich at the
beginning of last century - she has this to say:
"Next door C. Simpson made display
And there, as well, one could obtain
'Tis said that Cromwell used the
On first floor front - a myth.
It's certain that it was a school,
To start his education there
Then that old hostelry "The Crown"
Where coaches used to stop.
Next, for all kinds of groceries,
Was Chesters' "little shop."
H. T. Johnson was, of course, Harry Johnson, the printer and