The Changing Face of Barton - High Street


High Street in or around the 1950's - courtesy of Brian Peeps
High Street in or around the 1950's
(picture courtesy of Brian Peeps)

The street scene of High Street is very similar in both images. The Red Lion pub stands on the left in both images.  The Gents Hairdresser (E Greaves) shop on the left of the top image next to the Red Lion has been demolished, to make way for a more modern (!) building currently housing a betting shop and restaurant. The carpet and antiques shop on the right became an electrical shop but now stands empty.  There is more traffic now but there were a few cars around in the above picture and the church is still very prominent in the centre of the picture. The other difference is the large aerials in the above picture have probably been replaced by satellite dishes.

High Street in the 1920s, with Eastmans butchers on the left.
High Street in the 1920s, with Eastmans butchers on the left.
(picture courtesy of Brian Peeps)
J (James) Hall, Newsagent and Tobacconist at 21 High Street in the 1920s
J (James) Hall, Newsagent and Tobacconist at 21 High Street in the 1920s
(picture courtesy of Brian Peeps)

The two images above show the High Street in the 1920s, when it was thriving with shops such as butchers, bakers, confectioners, drapers, artificial teeth fitters, musical instrument sellers, plumbers, glaziers, watch and clock repairers, joiners, blacksmiths, newsagents, hardware dealers, stone and monument merchants, tailors, painters, fishmongers, stationers, chemists, furniture removers and cycle repairers.  There were also other services such as tax collectors and the police station.  The image of J Hall shows the prices of the time, 2d for a cigar and 4d per oz for tobacco.  One wonders who the lad is on the left of the picture who seems to have taken the opportunity to sneak into the photograph.

A modern picture of High Street.

Unfortunately, like many streets in Barton, High Street is loosing many of its retail shops, many of them being converted into houses.  All is not lost however as there is still a good few at both the eastern end and the western end of High Street.

With special thanks to Brian Peeps for the use of the old images.
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