1950’s Heathside Lane, Goldenhill

Continuing with David Wood’s stories of the High Street in Goldenhill, we can start at Heathside Lane where at the back of the Red Lion they had a really good bowling green and further down was the British Legion club.

Garage stores from Heathside Lane in 1967

The Goldenhill Secondary Modern School was also situated in Heathside Lane. Heathside Lane was known unofficially as Hodgefields back then. The colour or cobalt works has long gone but a few buildings still remained in Heathside Lane.

On the corner of Rodgers Street was the Potteries Motor Traction Depot, what a vast cavernous place that seemed to be to a young boy. The Working Men’s club was on this side opposite the toilets and Bossons’s fruit shop was just below it.

The police station was manned by Sergeant Mack, his son and daughter both went to the village schools and he was a respected figure in the community.

Stoniers garage took up quite a bit of the High Street, the spare ground on the side was used for storing the double deckers. You could book a day trip to the seaside for a few shillings during the Potters fortnight, as you could also with Jeffreys.

Who could ever forget the sweet shop owned by Joe Ash? The smallest shop in the village owned by possibly the smallest and oldest man in the village, or so it seems on reflection.

North westerly view up Heathside Lane over the allotments towards the British Legion Club in 1967

Bill Eardley was next door with his hairdressers shop and next to him was the Bedson Brothers cobblers shop. The name that has been associated with Goldenhill for many years was Buckley, their butchers shop stood next to the cobblers. If I remember correctly the brothers were Jack, Norman and Ron who all ran the business together. They also had the Rifleman pub and the abattoir next to it at Acres Nook. The Lord Nelson was next in line with Lane’s chip shop adjacent to that.

What can you say about the village with its own Super Cinema owned and operated by the Johnson family. All the latest films could be seen there, it was very well kept, unlike some of the other cinemas locally. Mr Johnson even wore a uniform, brown with gold braid befitting a theatre commissionaire.

Carrying on past there was Brayford’s chip shop, which became a café, Ward’s chemist, Mabel Leake’s grocers and then Leese’s butchers. Swettenhams store was next and then the Wesleyan chapel. Swettenhams was similar to the Co op whereby they patted the butter and bagged the sugar.

There is still much more to come from David Wood’s recollection of the past, so until next time as they used to say “same time, same place same channel”

3 comments to 1950’s Heathside Lane, Goldenhill

  • Pamela Lythgoe

    my grandfather Joe Worthington general dealer owned 2 semi detached cottages between Linehouse and Greens farm his sons worked on his rag and bone business The cottages and surrounding farmland were sold to Greens farm in the 1970s I no longer live in the area and would be grateful for any further information photos and the name of the cottages and of the local shop which I remember from the early 60s

  • David Wood

    Hi Pamela, the location sounds as if it is in Acres Nook near to the Rifleman pub.
    I have asked a couple if friends and will let you know if they can tell me anything.
    David Wood

  • David Wood

    Pamela apply to join Goldenhill Memories Group on Facebook and I can put you in touch with someone who knew your family.

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