Carter Lane and Skerry Hill

Starting at the top of Skerry Hill on the left hand side on the corner was a shop that sold in particular some general goods and Confectionery. At the corner of Askwith Street there was Harry Radford’s Gents Hairdresser.

Halfway between the school and Gordon Avenue was a very small shop of a similar nature run by an old lady named Etches.

Next on Gordon Avenue corner was the Post Office from there, there were no shops apart from an oldish Gentleman who ran a small business at the back of his house charging accumulators for your wireless sets (in those days they were powered by the same and a very big battery).

On the right hand side the first establishment was Hilda Barkers Ladies Hairdresser, at No 46 on to the corner of Rock Street was the Co-operative Grocery Store with their Butchers around the corner on Rock Street. There was a small shop mainly sweets and groceries. On the left hand side virtually opposite the top of Montague Street there was also a Bookmakers attached to one of the Houses.

Carrying on at the corner there started a row of shops, first Richardsons Newsagents, Fishers Butchers, Tiny Roberts Greengrocers, a haberdashery shop, a Herbalist then Kettleys Fish and Chip Shop finally Lamins The Butchers.

The next shop at Mill Street was Burtons Grocers and a Fish and Chip Shop. There may have been a further shop next to it but I cannot recall be sure, it may have been another newsagent but the last shop at the top of Rock Hill was Certainly a Ladies Hair Dressers.

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  • I find this article absolutely fascinating, hearing all about the different shops in this area.
    I wonder if anyone could help me out with some information. I have a very dear friend whose mother owned a sweet shop on Carter Lane, she went by the name Etches or Morley (Doris May). I see there is some reference to an old lady called Etches in this article. I think that lady was Doris May’s auntie as Doris died in 1951 aged 48. My friend was only 7 years old at the time and then went to be adopted.
    It would be greatly appreciated if anyone had any memories or photographs they could share with my friend as she doesn’t possess even a single photo.
    Thank you so much.

    By Teresa Crofts (20/06/2020)
  • When we lived on Montague Street from 1963 until 1980 we got our newspapers from Chadwicks on the corner of Rock Street and also a few things from Mrs. Oliver’s shop facing the top of Montague St.  At the bottom of Montague Street on the corner was Mr & Mrs Tarbox’s general groceries shop (both served).  We didn’t do our main shop there because things were always a bit more expensive than the Carter Lane Co-op.  Next door to them going up Skerry Hill was Sam the gents’ hairdresser.  Always a long wait because he used to love to chat to his clients.  On the opposite corner was Bucklow and Stroud, glass merchants and when they finished it became a pet store.  Of course this building was originally the Rock Cinema and my husband can remember going there to see Great Expectations for 6d.  I think some folk will remember it being nick-named “the flea pit” !!  Whilst resident on the street, it was decided to make it one-way up and then down Bolsover Street, the pavements had extensions sticking out and trees planted on them and the tarmac on the road was green!  All this didn’t make for easy parking of residents cars.

    Shirley Blythe

    By Shirley Blythe (13/01/2018)
  • Having today added a comment, we found ourselves in the vicinity of Montague Street and decided for old times sake to have a ride up it. The green road isn’t detectable but I had forgotten about the pavements were covered in red tarmac, and yes, they are still there.  The street was double lined with cars even on the pavement which made it even more narrow to traverse.  Where the old Rock Cinema was is now a large block of flats so I suppose that has probably added to the car parking situation.

    By Shirley Blythe (13/01/2018)
  • I lived on Montague street I was Dianne Fisher and I thought the newsagents was Chadwick’s not Beehive and can you remember tarbox at bottom of Montague?

    By dianne pemblington (12/01/2018)
  • Hello Becky, My wife Iris Allsop from Maltby Road, certainly knew the shop, and the Statons..There was Ray Staton, who maybe have gone to school with me, They were also related to Gorden Moult ( cousin ). Apologies if I am wrong.

    By alan curtis (28/05/2014)
  • Having worked in and around the environs of Mansfield this past 20+yrs, two shops I was sorry to see go, were Back’s, whose shop and builders business where combined, and Hall’s-the little shop on Hall Street which has not long since been converted to a domestic dwelling. To see the old small corner shop traditionally located within rows of houses is a real treat. Sadly the financial constraints of keeping such in today’s world of aggressive retail and 24hr shopping via the internet, are considerable but it is nice to see them when you do. I believe there is still a small shop mid terrace on Moor Street/Princess Street which is very handy.


    By John (27/05/2014)
  • My Mama Norma Staton (later Stevenson) worked and lived in the haberdashery shop on Carter Lane with her parents. I always remember her telling me the man who owned the fish shop was called George and he used to pass them fish and chips over the fence to keep them from queing! I also remember her telling me that during WW2 when the air raid sirens went off, the whole street would come to sit in their larder! The haberdashery shop is now a motorbike shop. 

    By Becky Huntington (23/05/2014)
  • Between Tiny’s and the Fish Shop was a chemist, hairdresser - at the end was M. Braisford, opposite was a Snooker Hall. 

    By ARTHUR WRIGHT (22/06/2012)
  • I remember we always got apples and bananas at Tinys and ham at Fishers. The paper shop was called Beehive and the bookies was Jonties. On the other side of Mill St. was Marsdens and at the top of Montague where I lived was Olivers shop. Nearly across from Lamins was shoe repair shop.

    By ARTHUR WRIGHT (19/06/2012)

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