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Posted - 09/08/2013 :  22:49:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Posted by idwal

Did you know that Bridge street was once the main shopping street of the town before Castle street was built?
From Siloh on the left were 3 houses then,Lucas green grocers Pearls hairdressers(her name was Ruby Diamond Pearl.
Road then Blunts ironmongery,Miss Frears general stores,Dolly Davidson clothes and shoes,Bernis cafe
From the top down on the other side
Y.M.C.A,fish shop on the corner
Road then mrs Russell Jewish butchers,a general shop,houses,Miss Hardings general,miss Pembreys general,Mizpah chapel which I think was also called the ragged Sunday school,then more houses in a sort of half circle.
Can you believe that all that community lived and worked in that little space?

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Posted - 10/08/2013 :  08:17:45 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Idwal

What about Jaynes, the Cobbler, shoe and clog maker on the corner, opposite the fish and chip shop.
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Posted - 10/08/2013 :  10:12:44 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wasn't there a tinsmith somewhere there at one time ?
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Posted - 10/08/2013 :  11:34:52 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The tinsmith was probably Blunts which was a down market ironmonger who did repairs
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Posted - 10/08/2013 :  17:45:35 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The cobbler was Jack Jayne; he served in a bicycle battalion in WW1.
Every Sunday he took his wife on a m/bike with side-car to his cottage in Cwmdu, his wife in the sidecar.
Blunt, the tinsmith had his place on corner of Coronation St and Bridge St. He also had a place above Reliance garage at top of "Transport". I cannot recall if he had them simultaneously.
Next down to Russells was Florrie Bartlett. She sold mainly sweets but possibly some other groceries. I dont recall Russell being Jewish. Their son Ronnie started in TGS in 1946 and I am pretty certain that he was a "christian".
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Posted - 10/08/2013 :  19:17:01 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Russell's were not Jewish but used to supply the Jewish community with meat .The Rabbi used to go there to slaughter the animals so that the meat was kosher.
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Posted - 10/08/2013 :  23:28:36 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is against Jewish religion to eat any cuts of beef from the hindquarter. Mr Russell the butcher, used to make sure that all cuts of beef from the forequarter was properly drained of blood, ensuring the beef was kosher. No animals were slaughtered on Mr Russell's premises,but the Rabbi used to go to the licenced abattoir which was behind the punch house pub. He never slaughtered full grown cattle, but he Did slaughter calves for special occasions. The Rabbi carried his own knives which were as sharp as a surgeons scalpel,and seldom failed to complete a clean kill with one stroke of his blade. Sorry if it sounds bloodthirsty,but how it was done.
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