Saturday, October 2, 2010

A History of Shopping in Wolverton Part II

The early history of Wolverton's development, as I have often remarked, was characterised by an absence of forward thinking. This was understandable. Nobody in 1838 had any idea of the future importance of railways and certainly not of Wolverton, which at the time was thought of as a service and maintenance depot.

The first shops were sited at the very north end of the new town, but with the development of the southern streets, closer services were required for those residents. Accordingly, in the late 1840s, a short row of shops were erected on Creed Street on the rising ground opposite the Church.

I have written in some detail about these shops here.

And another view:

These buildings survived until demolition in the 1960s, but as shops they closed shortly after 1900, with the exception of the former Co-op grocery which became a Fish and Chip shop, run by Maskell in the 1940s and Billingham in the 1950s. This photograph, taken while they were demolishing the "little streets" gives us some idea of the split-level construction of this building.

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