Leckenbys Store

Leeming Street February 1973

By M & P Marples

Leckenbys and the other shops shown in this photo have long since disappeared , how many people remember them?

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This page was added on 16/02/2015.
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Lekenbys is a store I'll never forget I used to go there with my parents in the 1950s one of the few shops at that time in town with plate glass doors. I recall walking into them once when they were closed thinking they were open, I didn't do that again but the thing I remember most about the store is the wonderful aroma of the freshly ground coffee as soon as you walked in the smell hit you. Perhaps that's why I've always enjoyed freshly made filter coffee. I seem to think that in the 1960s it ended up being absorbed by the Fine Fare group.                                                                                                Also on Leeming Street a bit further down the hill was a Wigfalls, possibly a Currys when they were a much smaller set up than they are now and a Mac Fisheries but I don't remember who any of the other shops were occupied by.

By P.Bowler
On 17/02/2015

Did not McFisheries take over the Leckenbys Premises in 1964 ??   Or did they take over premises  further down Leaming Street. ?

By alan curtis
On 18/02/2015

Loved going into Leckenby's with my Mum, I think it was possibly the first grocery store in Mansfield (for me anyway) where you picked up a wire basket at the entrance. The smell of freshly ground coffee was wonderful.

The other shops on that side of the road were Gilbert's dress shop to the right of Leckenby's and then below Leckenby's was The Red Rose cake shop, Hepworth's men's outfitters, Mac Market, Boots chemist, Pork Farm Butchers, Macfisheries and then the Midland Bank.

By Angela Bramwell
On 19/02/2015

No Alan, Wigfalls took over Leckenbys shop. MacFisheries was further down. The Green Dragon pub and Beard and Freemans shop was demolished in 1963 to make way for the MacFisheries food centre. The Green Dragon (which I can just about remember) was built in 1800, there was a plaque on the wall stating this.

By Angela Bramwell
On 20/02/2015

I don't think so Alan I seem to remember them from when I was quite young, as I recall MacFisheries were about half way between Lekenbys and the market.

By P.Bowler
On 21/02/2015

Thank You Angie and Peter. Been away too long.

By Alan Curtis
On 22/02/2015

Hi,

Mcfisheries was below Boots I think there was another shop between them.  My Uncle Cyril Baguley was manager there in the late 50's. On the opposite side to Leckenbys at one time was Landers bread shop - nearby I think a clothes shop - Kent & Coopers pianos - Campbells furniture - Vallance & Davison tv/radio - A clothes shop run by Phil?and his brother.  At the bottom was a men's clothes shop. Back in the day Mansfield had a lot going for it for a girl born in the early 1940's  Great shops/market and of course I have to mention the Palais Wed. night and Sunday afternoon would you believe.  And of course the Bentinck Coffee bar which went on to become a  Chinese.

By Val
On 28/02/2015

Angela wasn't Gilberts dress shop on the other side of the road to Leckenbys?  I think that was the one below Vallances it had two side windows narrowing as you walked towards the entrance.  The owners were brothers, I remember the Phil had black wavy hair. Val.

 

By Val
On 01/03/2015

I worked at leckenbys for 3yrs as warehouse lad then onto shop floor before I left to go to the pit. Sydney Hawkins was the manager at the time

By Kevin Patterson
On 28/06/2015

Worked there late fifties for a short while delivering groceries on the shop bike - a heavy bike, with heavy basket up front, loaded or otherwise, and poor brakes. A bit scary riding down the hill to pick stuff up from the market. Leckenbys Store was considered a bit High Class in those days, with some justification I feel.. Collected stuff from the Home & Colonial store also which was located in the Market Place area. 

By Steeve Cee.
On 13/09/2017

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