Easterton Shop – 1930s

We have recently gained a number of postcards of Easterton and this one has excited some interest. The scene is clear. The main focus of the photo is the shop – the one near the bottom of Easterton’s White Street and more or less opposite the Royal Oak pub.

Easterton shop in the 1930s

Easterton shop in the 1930s

The shop is made clear with a zoom in.

Tea and lamp oil are advertised

Tea and lamp oil are advertised

An advert for Brooke Bond tea is clearly visible and, possibly, a poster for a garden fete. The end building advertises Empire lamp oil.

But what generates interest is the factory style chimney beyond the shop.

The factory style chimney on Easterton Street

The factory style chimney on Easterton Street

As yet the purpose of this is unproven. Suggestions are that it could be a bakery or maybe a forge.

We’ll let you know when we discover its purpose.

This was a sent postcard. So let’s look at the back.

The back of the postcard

The back of the postcard

The recipient was Bessie Gye who became Bessie Francis. The senders were members of the Burnett family – well known in Easterton and previously shop keepers there. Bert and Elsie lived on High Street, Easterton. The date of sending appears to be 1938 but the postmark is not good.

Do help us sort out that chimney, if you can. Thanks.

 

Advertisements

Tags: , , , ,

4 Responses to “Easterton Shop – 1930s”

  1. Tony Rowlands Says:

    The OS six inch map of 1885 shows a “Smithy” at SU 02105 54962. This is the probable location of the chimney.

    • marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

      Thanks for the suggestion. We appreciate all possible ideas. I’m afraid the smithy was further down the street than this chimney. We have paced things out and it wasn’t at the smithy. In any case we have photos of the smithy which has no such chimney.

      Any other ideas?

      Rog

      Curator

      Curator

      • Tony Rowlands Says:

        Do you have a grid reference for the chimney?

        Tony Rowlands

        Tony Rowlands

      • marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

        My best estimate is 02113 54883.

        Hope that helps your search – but remember, the photo dates from 1937. We have a 1930s 6 inch map which shows nothing to indicate a chimney

        Rog

        Curator

Can you add anything to this or do you want to know more?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: