Joanne Taylor interviewed her grandfather, Roy Taylor, in
2005 as part of the Society’s Living Memories Project.
In this extract Mr Taylor recalls the Tickhill shops of his
childhood. Among the considerable contrasts with the present
are the number of grocers and the combination of goods sold
in some shops.
‘In 1946 when my parents rented the small off-licence
at number 9 Market Place there were lots of individual businesses
in the village. In Westgate at number 29 was a food shop owned
by Mr and Mrs Herring. Opposite Dam Road was Mr Bates food
shop and adjacent to it was his fish and chip shop. Both these
businesses have now gone and the premises are now houses.
In Castlegate was a fruit and vegetable shop run by Mr Colbeck,
and close to it was another fish and chip shop. Next came
the Co-op: three shops, the Grocers, Butchers and then the
Drapery store (now The Emporium, HSBC Bank and ‘Alison
Elizabeth’). On the corner of St Mary’s Gate was
Whinfrey’s grocery shop and opposite (across Castlegate)
Mrs Winfrow’s Grocery and electrical goods and cycle
shop. Next door was Mrs Greenough’s cake shop to the
left and Mrs Wombwell’s to the right.
On Market Place were premises owned by Mr Lickiss which sold
flowers and had a sign in the window Wreaths made to order.
Next door was the Red Lion an old coaching inn, now the Chinese
Restaurant then came Mr Timpson’s shoe repairing business,
followed by Jenkinson’s Drapery store and seed business
(now ‘Mary Mary’). Next was Mr Glasby’s
Butchers, now Fentons, then Hunter’s Grocery Shop (now
the Floor to Ceiling Fitted Furniture Specialists). Fox’s
Newsagent was followed by Mr Dawson’s Butchers which
is now part of our building. Eaton’s Butchers was a
wool shop, as I first remember, but since has been an electrical
shop, paint shop and a bicycle shop. The Chemist’s has
been there as long as I can remember but has changed hands
several times and the premises have been modernised.
Moving along the Market place into Northgate was Jarvis’
Grocers, now Cooplands and the The Strand hairdressers. The
original grocery store was sold and the premises, which are
now Spar, were built on the garden at the side. Mr Higgins
had a Butcher’s Shop which was opposite the Royal Oak
and Mr and Mrs Payne had yet another Grocery Shop on the left
of Doncaster Road (opposite Common Lane). In Northgate opposite
the Higgins’ Butchers was Mr Lilley’s Grocery
Store. He also sold vegetables.
On the Market Place corner, now a Card Shop, was the original
Post Office and Telephone Exchange. This later became Mr and
Mrs Snell’s Newsagent Shop when the Post Office moved
into Sunderland Street. After the Library building in the
Market Place was Mr Fanthorpe’s Fresh Fish and Vegetable
In Sunderland Street, now Lockwood’s Florists, was
Jarvis’ Drapers and finally at the bottom of Sunderland
Street, on the left before the motorway bridge was yet another
grocery store, owned by Mr Lane.
As far as I can remember, this is a list of all the businesses
in the village in the 1940s. Many have gone, but we still
have a good cross section of Trade and Services and long may