A row of houses
Here are some of the interesting details from
the picture above, starting with the row of houses in Snow Hill. On the "This and
That" page, Cecilia Tomlinson says "Numbers 2, 4 and 6 had gardens and the
rest of the houses were terraced."
The old Town Hall
This is only half of the old Town Hall next to
the River Weaver (to the left) that I
remember. It then housed a DIY supplies place, although it had two other uses before
that. Firstly, it was the local meeting place - as the Town Hall - and then a motor accessories
store. It was demolished in 1972 to make way for The Waterlode.
This section of the larger picture
is next to the "hill" picture above. You can perhaps see a detail (a wall?) at the
bottom right-hand edge of this section.
I only vaguely remember this house, with its gable
end, at the foot of the "hill".
But I remember very well the slope in
front of it. That to me is Snow Hill, although the name takes in a large area
from Swine Market to the Baths and beyond. The "hill" can be seen at
the foot of the wall next to the house.
In my schoolboy memory the slope seemed much
larger - and a steeper area - than it appears here. A matter of scale, I suppose -
with me being shorter then!
Finally, we have the Zan store at the end of the Oat
Market. On the Snow Hill development
page, I show the twin gables part of the building, but the larger part, facing
up High Street towards the Square, is the better known half of the store (at
least in my memories).
You will realise there isn't a door in
the twin-gabled part, the only entrance being that facing the camera at the
bottom of the picture.
A different view of Snow Hill
THE houses on the left of this 1962 picture -
Paul Simpson - had seen better days, but the washing shows that the terrace was still
occupied at that date.
The familiar sight of the old Town
Hall in the far distance will help to locate the two rows of houses on Snow Hill.
on the right are semi-detached and not
another terrace - as can be seen in the small picture right, a segment of
the main picture above.
I wonder what the posts in the
right foreground of the main picture were?
Of the main picture, Paul comments: "I
remember the slope. Tommy Field had his garage down there, then moved to the
Crescent Garage later on."
ANDREW Lamberton corrected Paul, saying: "It was
Jack Field not Tommy. I think Tommy is his brother, and used to have an
electrical shop in Hospital Street on the corner of Spring Gardens before
moving to premises in Pillory Street."