Mexborough Market Street area
There was good news and bad news when planners decided
Mexborough needed a bypass: it took a growing flow of traffic out of
the narrow town centre and allowed shoppers improved access.
But it also saw buildings of character and purpose demolished and
buried in the name of progress.
Apart from the homes along its route which fell to the developers in
the 70s, there was a stretch of land from the old market hall to the
start of Church Street which was utterly destroyed.
Market Street and Oxford Road were home to two key buildings in the
town, the police station, and fire station, as well as a fine
methodist church, and at one time a picture house.
The market had grown too big for its location next to the
Montagu Arms, and had spawned stalls on the other side of Station
Road, adjacent to the market hall. And there was a row of retail
premises opposite which included a popular record and joke shop.
These photographs capture the character of that area.
Looking towards Bank Street from
Market Street, with the market hall centre left.
A flight of steps led from between the shops on the right to Bank
Street via garages.
Note the market stalls middle left.
A similar view, which also shows the new Oxford Road Church.
The fire station.
Milford: Looking at the picture has brought back many
memories, the joke shop was a favourite of many children in
the area, where we bought stink bombs i ndoor fireworks and
many other things that we probably were not supposed to
have, next door was my aunt's ladies hairdressing salon .
At the time I was living in Glasshouse Lane, where my mum
also ran a hairdressing salon in the front room, another
part of Mexborough that has disappeared in the name of
progress (or corporate vandalism, as I tend to call it) .
It was a proud town in those days: it had a High Street that
you could walk in at one end stark naked , and walk out the
other, clothed, shod and carrying the week's groceries to
Three cinemas - The Empire, Majestic and Royal, a
ballroom where you could dance the night away, an indoor
and outdoor market .
But best of all for us kids, we had a resident fairground
from November through to the week before Easter.
I now live in Gloucestershire, a long way from Mexborough,
where I lived from 1948 to 1964,
but the place will always be part of me. May 2012