A busy day in the town centre. Commercial Street looking through to King Street and not a motor vehicle in sight. Bicycles travelling in opposite directions, pedestrians accompanying children whilst walking in the middle of the road. If they could only see this town centre cross roads now.
A busy day in the town centre. Commercial Street looking through to King Street and not a motor vehicle in sight. Bicycles travelling in opposite directions, pedestrians accompanying children whilst walking in the middle of the road. If they could only see this town centre cross roads now. I would guesstimate the date to be pre-1914, although I would expect my old friend Philip Tordoff, a name well known in music circles, to be able to date it more accurately. Philip has a special interest in the old gas lamps and I am sure he would be able to date this photograph from the two gas lamps on the right hand side. The family group on the right hand corner outside what is now Lloyds Bank look to be having a right old chin wag. A visit to town on a Saturday for many families would have been the highlight of the week. Catching up with the week’s goings on, visiting the shops looking for the bargains and whilst the ladies would be looking for the latest fashions and material for making and mending clothes. The children would all want to visit their favourite toy shop. On the opposite corner to what is now M&Co many will remember it as the Co-op. However, in this photograph it would have been in the days when it was the home of a Doctor Brown and you may be able to just make out the small trees growing outside window. It was to become a cafe and then some of you who have lived in Brighouse for many years may remember it as Tate’s corner shop where they sold everything from clothing to buttons. The opposite corner at No. 1 King Street with the corner doorway to what is now the Caffe Amante, I have a feeling it used to be the Imperial Cafe, a life time ago. This address according to a trade directory I have which was published just before the 1st World War shows it as a branch of the Halifax and Union Bank Ltd with John Longbottom as its manager. On the final corner is the George Hotel which I have spoken of many times but behind the cyclist and the lady on the left hand side is striped canvas shaped tent.There is no clue to what that is - possibly a stall of some kind. This image gives an illustration of what was probably an average Saturday in Brighouse town centre when life was tough but was at a much slower pace than today. Today it seems everyone is busy, and I often hear people suggest they are busier than anyone else with no spare time and everything must be done by yesterday.... I think if I could have all the ‘mod cons’ of today I could enjoy the 1900 pace of life.