THIS long-lost view of Beam Street (looking
towards The Barony) shows many buildings no longer present on the street
On the left is Carefull's ladies
shop and just visible on the right is the door of the Technical Institute,
or "The Tech". Carefull's shop is now demolished and is a green area at the
end of Cowfields next to the Police Station. Nantwich Library now stands on
The Tech site.
The picture is supplied by Andrew
Lamberton who is not sure of its provenance, and so apologies if anyone's
copyright is being breached. Andrew commented: "I would say this was taken
in the mid Sixties. Do you remember Les Heath's second-hand shop in the
distance on the right? Then there was the Manweb (Merseyside and North Wales
Electricity Board) yard,
then the two semi-detached houses and lastly the
Paul Simpson said: "Wow,
that one brings back a few memories.
is the Tech on the right. When I was born - way back in 1963 - we lived at
No 1 Johnston's Buildings that ran behind the Tech and the Civic Hall, with
No 1 being at the end next to the Tech.
"I remember the wood and wire
fence. Where the gap is would have been the old opening between the
buildings and as you passed through it my great grandmother, Alice Green,
used to own the house on the left of the gap, No 72. She died in 1957.
"We moved to
Prince Edward Street when I was about five and Johnston's Buildings was
demolished some time
after. The 1967
edition of Johnson's Almanack still has us at No 1 and indicates that the
terrace was between 70 and 72 Beam Street.
"I think No 70
Beam Street was a shop and the owner also owned Johnston's Buildings."
THE numbering in Beam Street
was a little odd. As I recall, Carefull's shop was No 59 Beam Street and yet
No 58, where my maternal grandparents lived was further back, nearly
opposite The Shakespeare pub.
Living with Mrs Carefull, were her son-in-law
and daughter, Mr and Mrs Beeston, along with their son, John, a primary
school friend of mine. Mrs Beeston worked in the shop.