The Changing Face of Barton - Waterside Road


Waterside Road in the early 1900s.
Waterside Road in the early 1900s
(picture courtesy of Brian Peeps)

Waterside Road in Barton, just like Fleetgate, was much busier in years gone by.  In fact, it thought of itself as a separate community to the main centre of Barton.  The top picture shows the maltings to the right, along with the Haven which stretched, and was navigable, up to the Maltkiln road bridge.  This would bring in a huge amount of goods for the town, especially before the railway was built and the roads were half-decent.  The community was also large enough to support its own school and church, which can be seen just left of centre of the top picture.  The bottom picture may look similar but, apart from a cycle shop and haulage firm, has very little in the way of shops for the community.  Waterside Road is now just another street in Barton.

An old picture of a landing point for the sloops along Waterside Road, with the school and church in the background.
An old picture of a landing point for the sloops along Waterside Road, with the school and church in the background.
(picture courtesy of Brian Peeps)
Another early picture showing the many landing points along the eastern side of Waterside Road.
Another early picture showing the many landing points along the eastern side of Waterside Road.
(picture courtesy of Brian Peeps)

There were many shops and services along Waterside Road in the past, many of those related to the shipping industry.  There were coal merchants, ship builders and repairers, sail makers, marine store dealers, millers, grocers, fried fish dealers, drapers, whiting manufacturers and insurance agents.
In the picture below you can see the newly built Haven wall, designed to keep the water at bay, but would have destroyed the shipping community all those years ago as no sloops would have been able to land their cargo with such an obstruction.

A modern view of Waterside Road.
A modern view of Waterside Road.

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