A Letter from Nantwich                                                            

February 2010 (3)       

Then there were two . . .


















Wallfields Farm, which gave its name to Wallfields Road.

THIS old farm links long-established Nantwich butcher, Arthur Broomhall and Son in Beam Street (centre) and one of the other butchers, Clewlow's in Pepper Street.

   Broomhalls closed at the end of January 2010, leaving just two family butchers trading in town.

   Nantwich historian, Andrew Lamberton, sprung into action when he heard the news of the loss of a well-known Nantwich name.   

   He told me: "The earliest reference I can find to Broomhall's shop is 1913 so they could well have been going for over 100 years.

   "I know Harry Clewlow did his apprenticeship with them in the 1920s when they owned Wallfields Farm. The farm must still have been standing when they built Manor Road School around 1918.

   "I had a look at some old town directories and in 1890 there were 16 butchers in the town and 31 butchers' stalls in the market.

   "James Hall (writer of the well-known History of Nantwich) refers to open butchers' stalls on The Square in the early 1800s where Mr


Barrowcliffe killed his animals on the premises!"

    A further point that Andrew shares with visitors to "A Dabber's Nantwich" is: "Castle Street was called Pudding Lane at one time, referring to the offal being taken from the butchers' stalls on The Square and possibly thrown in the River Weaver if it was not edible."

   The second remaining butcher in Nantwich, after Clewlows, is Brookshaw's in Hospital Street.

The shock news of the closure of Broomhall's came in notices posted on the windows of the shop in January.

   The notices, signed "C.Hampton, Proprietor" blamed


 "wholesalers selling direct and supermarket price wars" for the demise of the firm.

   Nantwich Town Councillors, quoted in a report in The Nantwich Chronicle on February 17, said they and traders were concerned about the empty shops in Nantwich. Not enough car parking for visitors to the town was cited as a reason for shops closing.  

Why the shop closed

 The full text of the notice on the shop window was:

    "To whom it may concern.

   "It is with great regret that I have to inform you that, in line with many small businesses and due to

 the current financial climate, A. Broomhall & Son, having strived to continue to offer our customers a


 service which is of both good quality and value, whilst still retaining a professional and friendly

 manner, have found that such is the competition from wholesalers selling direct and supermarket

 price wars, a small business such as ours cannot remain viable under these circumstances.

    "We shall therefore cease trading as of Saturday,


30th January, 2010. We apologise for any

 inconvenience this may cause you.

    "May I take this opportunity, on behalf of myself and all the staff at A Broomhall & Son, to thank

 you for your valued custom over the years.

   "Yours sincerely

   "C.Hampton  -   Proprietor"

Clewlow's shop in Pepper Street   Brookshaw's in Hospital Street
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