Tuesday 17 April 2018 8.30pm
I only remember the street as it was in the late fifties and early sixties. There was a bomb site on the left hand side more or less where Trinity School was situated. Families went there on Guy Fawkes night and set off fireworks behind the shops behind the junction of Harper Road
Just to add, there was a row of shops between County Terrace and Arnott Street, then came Joseph Lancaster School next to Ripley Road. On Harper Road
there was a newsagents, cum sweetshop called Warrens, owned by two impeccably dressed sisters. You could buy two ounces of sweets at a time, or a quarter if you were flushed. If the scales tipped slightly in your favour, one of them would quickly find a pair of scissors and cut one of your sweets in half till they found the perfect balance!! They later moved to another shop off NewKent Road (Bartholemew Street, not sure)?
A few doors along, was Mrs. Winch. She had a sort of dairy allsorts shop. You could get bottles of coffee there, was it Bev or Camp? I'm sure Jan will know. Anyway, she had a famous daughter called Betty Winch, but you will remember her more as Elizabeth Fraser (Liz), from the Carry On Films. She was a stunning looking, smartly dressed young woman, wearing those lovely flared spotted dresses from the late fifties. Often walked her dalmation dog along Harper Road
A few yards into Arnott Street, was Old Tom's (or that's how everyone knew him). I think the front window had one of those boards that you could attach to the frontage when the shop was closed.
Almost opposite, by The Rising Sun
Pub, which I believe was the start of County Street
, was a butchers and a Co-op. They used to issue tin cheques (the Co-op that is), with your food as a divi (dividend) to act as a discount on further purchases. Sold biscuits from tins and jars, the broken biscuits being very popular. Money being very scarce after WW2 rationing.
By the way, I seem to remember it as County Street
and County Terrace, but not as County Street
Terrace. The latter must have been in earlier times as an earlier post states.