In the Vicinty of Birkland Street to Redcliffe Road there was a row of shops that included a haberdshery, a newsagents and the post office. I seem to think there were one or two other shops however I may be wrong, but there was an hosiery factory managed by Grenville Keeton the son of Walter Keeton the Notts CCC and England.
On the opposite side of the road at the top of Gladstone Street was Lagers off Licence, which in those days we called them ‘THE BEER OFF’ this was attached to Lagers Social Club which was very popular.
I again have a problem with my memory but apart from Slacks Boot and Shoe Repairs and Winsons Chemists there may have been at least another one or two more. Next To Winsons there was a lane over which the LNER had a railway bridge – a popular rendevous for the men in that area to play Pitch and Toss – an illegal gambling game.
The only shops left as I remember were Burtons Grocers on one corner of Bowling Street, and another branch of Bramwells Butchers with a shop on the corner of Arthur Street a general store Finally a co-operative grocers with a butchers on the opposite side.
On that side after the War I remember a DIY and crafts store (The owner used to visit The Westfield Folk House and give instruction to members of the Junior Section on a weekly Basis.
Regarding the Corner opposite the Carpenters Arms, the Co-op built a new store that had a curved front in anticipation of an improvement to the road.