The sketch shows how in my opinion the beauty of our town has made way for the modern buildings, which I understand are required for the growing population. The old buildings built by our forefathers were certainly buildings full of character, although it is fair to say that keeping warm may have been overlooked.
The gate above was situated in front of the old Quaker Meeting House, and behind the walls either side of the ornate gateway was the burial ground of the Mansfield Quaker movement. Going through the gates, on either side, just like the ornate gates was the most beautiful small burial grounds one could wish to see. Manicured to a tee, there was iron railings down each side, over the railings was a well trimmed hedge of privets each side. The graves were all beautifully tended.
The buildings were situated, sort of at the back of the Co-op’s large building on Queen Street in Mansfield.
The road leading to the Quakers’ Meeting House was named Quaker Lane. You could walk along Quaker Lane, past the gate, along the narrow jitty to the left of the sketch, and it would bring you out onto Belvedere Street. You could also get to the Railway Station if you took the left fork at the Quaker gates, up the slight incline, passing the Midland Hotel, and the station was to the front of you.
The buildings on the left of the sketch belonged to Foister Clay and Ward Hosiery Factory, that too is no longer there. In my day the factories, whatever they produced were built very near to where the people lived, so the factory would have houses all around, meaning there was plenty of work force on hand who did not have to travel to work. They could also pop home for lunch. It was only later that canteens became the must have for the workers.
Back to the Quaker Meeting House. I believe it was after the war, WW2, the Meeting House was taken over by Richardson’s Wholesalers. They used to supply most of the corner shops around Mansfield.