OLD NANTWICH PICTURES (1)
images from the archives
HERE are four pictures from the bound files of "The
Nantwich Chronicle", now in the custody of Cheshire and Chester Archives and
Local Studies, and used with their permission. They were photographed by local
historian, Andrew Lamberton.
In a loose newspaper form there are adequate
borders around the pages, but when the newspapers are bound into files - with
hard back covers - some of the space on the folded edges of the pages is lost in
the binding. Pictures at the inner edge of the pages then curve into
the binding. The picture of the Beam Heath Trustees
is one such picture - as it was captured by Andrew's picture.
Another version of the picture, not
curved this time, can be seen on the This and That
Floods in the street
IT'S funny, but I have always had 1947 in my mind as
the date that the River Weaver overflowed its banks and flooded Welsh Row. But
all local historical references put it a year earlier, and Andrew found
this picture in a 1946 edition of The Chronicle. (The picture is credited:
As you can tell from the car in the
background, the water wasn't all that deep, but enough to call for a horse and cart
to carry pedestrians through the flooded street. Some local books carry a
postcard of this.
This picture includes the old Three
Pigeons pub - the lighter building just past the brick-faced properties.
That has been demolished and made way for Nakatcha, the white faced building in
the street view above, as seen today.
In the more recent
flood of 2007, the waters did not get as high as in the 1946 picture.
1946 picture courtesy of Cheshire and Chester Archive
and Local Studies
"Poor standard of fitness"
ACCORDING to the caption when this picture appeared
in a series called "Disappearing Nantwich?", the County Medical Officer (not
named) said these cottages (numbers 71 to 97 Beam Street) were "incapable of
being brought up to a proper standard of fitness."
He added: "They should be
demolished and the site cleared and re-developed."
I recall that these cottages weren't
demolished until the mid to late 1960s, which means that the wheels of local
government turned slowly in that decade.
King Place (left) now stands on the site.
Original picture courtesy of Cheshire and
Chester Archives and Local Studies
Hospital Street scene
SWEET Briar Hall, to the right of this old picture
locates the site of the now-demolished cottages in Hospital Street.
railings along the kerb, clearly indicating that pavement was slightly below
street level. There is no such difference nowadays.
The accommodation there today (right) are the flats on the
Hospital Street edge of Bowling Green Court, specifically provided for people
over 55 years of age.
Picture courtesy of Cheshire and Chester
Archives and Local Studies
CUSTODIANS of a Unique Trust, is the Nantwich
Chronicle headline over
this picture - taken by Clifford V. Kendall, the Nantwich commercial
photographer - of the Beam Heath
Standing, left to right, are: S.Barlow (Collector), S.Speed
(Heath Keeper), W.T.Maybury, S.Davies, Dr J.R.T.Turner, Cllr J.Blagg, J.N.Hilditch and A.R.Whittingham. Sitting
are E.Moulton, H.T.Johnson, E.H.Steventon, J.Bowyer (Chairman), L.Vaughan, H.Whitlow and W.H.Owen.
The caption to the
picture said "(The land) was secured for the community by a deed more than 600
years ago and more firmly established by two Acts or Parliament dating back to
Beam Heath is common land around Nantwich
which, together with the Trust, is still in existence. Read more about the Beam Heath Trust on
Picture courtesy of Cheshire and
and Local Studies.
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