Long-lost view with buildings no longer there

THIS long-lost view of Beam Street (looking towards The Barony) shows many buildings no longer present on the street scene.

   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 Tech."

   Paul Simpson said: "Wow, that one brings back a few memories.

   "That 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. 

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