A bootmaker, grocer and chemist plus a jolly trolley

Highland Road  and Prince Albert Road junction 1961. (Ray Cox)
Highland Road and Prince Albert Road junction 1961. (Ray Cox)

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In these two photographs we see the junction of Highland Road and Prince Albert Road (behind the bus) and look how the location has altered.

Back in 1961 we see a trolley bus making its way towards the depot in Eastney Road a few hundred yards farther along. From there it will travel along Eastney Road, Goldsmith Avenue down Victoria Road North to Bradford Junction and onward to the Dockyard.

Highland Road  and Prince Albert Road junction 2014. PPP-140207-143915001

Highland Road and Prince Albert Road junction 2014. PPP-140207-143915001

Behind the bus on the corner of Prince Albert Road is Joseph E Baits, bootmaker, and crossing the road we can enter a grocers belonging to Harry Shewing. Opposite, on the corner of Priory Road, is a chemist belonging to Arthur Jeans.

Today, most of the private shops have all but disappeared, sadly. Mr Baits the bootmaker had his shop demolished to make way for a retirement home and Harry Shewing’s grocer’s shop has now been replaced by a surgery.

Mr Jeans’s chemist is still a chemist, now part of a national chain and called a pharmacy.

The private shops in the distance have also long gone.

From the Guildhall steps towards the Cenotaph. (Eddie Wallace) PPP-140207-143632001

From the Guildhall steps towards the Cenotaph. (Eddie Wallace) PPP-140207-143632001

I was hoping to take a now photograph with a modern bus in place of the trolley. The trouble is, modern buses are so huge it would have destroyed the scene.

Oddly enough, there are just as many cars on the street today as there were 50-odd years ago.

Below is an Eddie Wallace photograph from 1961.

It’s a shot which includes two of my boyhood heroes – the machine gunners guarding the cenotaph off Guildhall Square.

I was going to take a ‘then and now’ shot of this scene but with all the modern buildings not to mention the ‘hiding’ of the cenotaph, it seemed a little pointless.

I imagine the flash motor on the right might be the lord mayor’s car and there’s a very nice sporty job parked in front of it.

Above the gunners and behind the railway embankment is the Post Office. And just to the right, the roof of the signal box controlling railway access to the Dockyard branch from the high level platforms at what we used to call the ‘town’ station.