A Little Red Year Book

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  • My dad was Albert Mason who was an apprentice at Rouse’s and he later bacame the Mason in Smedley and Mason. We lived on Castle Street until I was 11 and then moved into a new council house on Hazel Grove – what luxury!

    By Irene Garratt (01/02/2021)
  • Rouse builders yard was under the arch opposite the Methodist Chapel on High Street. Later a rear entrance was made on Park Road next to a director’s house. Rouses owned Marlow’s yard, a row of stone cottages where I was born on a rainy St. Swithens Day in 1941. Rouse’s later acquired the land through to Rose Lane.
    The mentioned Roy Smedley of Smedley and Mason I believe took his apprenticeship with Rouses.

    By Ian Carlisle (20/01/2019)
  • Yes, Rouse’s took up all the space behind Park garage, on Rose Lane where the new buildings are, biggish spread as they had their own joinery works I think. The close of bungalows behind are testament to how much area it took up. Edwin Rouse started the firm I believe, they had green and white vans I seem to remember, did a lot of local authority work, and were one of about two or three local builders in a short distance of one another. Rouse’s Ashley’s, Smedley and Mason, and Searsons.

    By John (07/01/2019)
  • H Rouse of the High Street, there was a Rouse’s builders. I think their yard was were the new Police Station is now

    By John Allcock (23/07/2012)

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