Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Thursday, 10 November 2011

View of long gone shops.

The other day we had a couple of people mention Kayes gift shop that used to stand opposite the Bush pub on Market Street. Here is the row of houses and shops that Kayes stood with.
The White building in the middle was the Laundry which was owned by Harry Rutherfords brother. Kayes shop is the first shop after the laundry going up Market Street.
James North factory (formerly Slack Mill) which dominates the photo is a familiar building to all Hydonians above a certain age!
I'm not sure of the date of the picture but I'm guessing at late 1970's /early 1980's as the houses look derelict and ready for demolition?
Anyone out there have any ideas?.


Thanks to Ron P. for a super photo.
It certainly brought back a lot of memories for me !


Werneth Low said...

I seem to remember that Kayes was spelled Keay. Brilliant shop, especially for fireworks. Thanks for the memory.

Hydonian said...

Thanks for that, Werneth Low - I didn't know that! I just remember that it did a nice line in pen sets and caps for toy guns :D

Dave Williams said...

Can't identify the car parked nearest the camera, but it does look like a 1970s style vehicle.

Hyde Lad said...

The three shops in 1934 were as follows:- 261 Market St W H Keay, Toy dealer, 263 "Dorsette" Milliners and 265 Harrops Pet Shop. These were still the same in 1976 except that Keays was then a stationers & confectioners.


Hydonian said...

I loved the pet shop - used to get straw for my rabbit from here - Lovely family that owned it ,too!

Werneth Low said...

On the subject of lost shops - does anyone remember Lekerman's, or Lakerman's, cheap clothes and household stuff? It was on the bend of Manchester Road almost opposite the bus station entrance.

Hyde Lad said...

It was "Lekerman's" and the address was 10 Market St. It started life around 1930 when Nathan Lekerman opened the store, it carried on later as "Lekermans" until at least 1976, not quite sure when it shut down.

Werneth Low said...

Thanks Hyde Lad for that information. I remember the shop vividly and would dread my mother bringing anything from there in case my friends made fun. Actually, it was probably the forerunner of Primark!