Remember old Hillgate
I lived on Millbrook Street, with my Mum Dad and two sisters. My mum used to take us a walk in the afternoon. We would walk down Milibrook Street, turn onto Mottram Street until we came to the bottom. Then you would have The Big Lamp on one side and the Salvation Army on the other.
We would walk past the Big Lamp and then there was Whites the Drapers, next door was the Sun &Castle, then Mr Cards sweet shop. Mr. Card used to make his own sweets, humbugs treacle toffee and cough candy.
We would walk a bit further down and we would come to Joe Blackshaws bread shop, he used to make his own bread but the favourite was his meat pies
We would then cross the road and we would be facing the Black Lion. Pass the Black Lion and we would be near Clarks Pot Shop. We would go next door and we would be near Stans the butchers, Our mum would go in there for some corned beef for sandwiches for our Dads dinner. Next door was Barratts the newsagents. Then we would walk a bit further up and pass Herbert Greys Tobacconist, and then there was a chemist shop.
Walk next door and you came to the Maypole, this shop only sold dairy products, one thing it did sell that we liked was Madera cake, it was the best you could buy.
We would walk on until we came to Joe Lows groceries; We used to get all our Rations from there during the War. We crossed the road and walk down Ratcliffe street, we would pass Broads Rag & Bone Yard, then we would pass the Spinners Arms then we would come to Mr Whites Chip Shop then we would be back on Millbrook Street and back to our house.
I have missed a couple of shop names ,you might remember them let us know.
story by Annie Gillatt