High Street and Dudley Street inc Bull Ring

At our Reminiscence Cafe sessions we have been looking at a set of 170 photos of High Street and Dudley Street shops and houses. 

Here are just a few of the properties that have attracted interest and comment from our participants.

The initials represent the following contributors: 

MW - Margaret Woodall

PP - Pam Parton 

KS - Kennedy Slater

KT - Keith Tomlinson 

MJ - Martin Jones

2 Tasty, Dudley Street 

In the late 40s there was a fish and chip shop on this run by the Abbiss family. Granger, a signwriter, took over from the Abbisses. This new parade of shops dates from around 2007. (KS) 

2 Tasty occupies the footprint of Abbisses/Graingers. Basil Grainger built one of the first houses in Catholic Lane, towards the bottom on the right hand side, near where the house juts out. My husband Eric used to lodge with them. When he was courting me, mother made him buy a walking stick for walking down the lane. There weren't any street lights then. The other early house in Catholic Lane was owned by a builder. Everybody knew the chip shop as 'Basil's' .(MW)  

 

Yummy Wok, Dudley Street

Yummy Wok was formerly the Post Office. Hence the positioning of the telephone box and post box. (MJ)

Mac's Discount and Pound Store, Dudley Street

Mac's Discount Pound store and Post Office was formerly an MEB Electricity sub station. (MJ)

 

St George's Vets, Dudley Street

  

A family called Smith lived in this house as a private residence until the 1960s. The car park at the side was their garden. (KS)

This house was owned by my grandfather's brother, Jim Horton. In the 1950s Jim was still alive and he lived there, and his daughter May lived with them. His son Keith was in the choir but he's died. (MW) 

 

Dormston House, Dudley Street

In the entrance hall were large Chinese vases (KS)

It was derelict after the war, until the Hicklings took it on (MW).

Mr Hickling had a collection of cinema organs in the cellar. He was once featured in a TV news item.  (KT) 

Allan House, Dudley Street 

This row of shops used to be terraced cottages down to Concord Market. (KS)

There used to be a grocers called Ford's here. They lived on the premises and there was a little garden in front with railings. (MW)  

 

Haden's, Dudley Street

Hadens has been in this location since at least 1971.  The block appears to have been built late 60s/early 70s. (MJ)

 

Greggs, Dudley Street

Greggs used to be an independent branch of Lloyds Chemists in the 2000s.(MJ)

Greggs used to be a sports shop. It was opened by Eric Morecambe. Dave Fereday and a chap from Wolverhampton Wanderers were the managers. I had my first set of golf clubs from them. I went to him when he was giving tuition at Sandyfields Golf Club in the 80s/90s. Dave Fereday was a professional golfer in the 70s/80s. Fereday Close in Sedgley was named after him. (TBA)

 

Nationwide, Dudley Street

Family friends of mine had a draper's/haberdasher's shop here owned by 'Aunty' Rebecca Wilkes. They lived in Tipton Street. We went there for silks and cottons, children's underwear and liberty bodices. (MW)

 

Alan Warwick Butchers

May once have been Marsh the Butcher. This was known as 'Bottom Marsh's' because he had two shops. The other one was opposite the Junction pub. (KS)

 

Concord Market, Dudley Street

There was a Cartwright business on either side of the road here. There was a Cartwright below the pub (on the other side) who sold newspapers, and a Cartwright's (Godwin's mother) who sold sweets and tobacco (east side). (MW) 

 

Emotions, Dudley Street

 

Used to be Williams's Sweet Shop, run by the Williams sisters. All us kids from Dormston went in from school. You got 'Kay-Li' there. (PP)

 

Emotions and Thursfield Solicitors 

There was an entry here that led to Mill Bank, where Thursfield is. There was a greengrocers (Robinsons) on the right of the passageway. Robinsons had a nursery at Bush Bank. (KS).

The entry/archway was filled in and is now Thursfield - it was a short cut to Dormston school. (MW)

 

Guitar Crazy, Dudley Street

Used to be White's hardware shop. (KS) 

Used to be Ellis's toy shop. (MW) 

 

Specs Direct Opticians, Dudley Street

Used to be Chapman's cake shop. (KS) 

 

Beacon Crafts, Dudley Street

Used to be Hartills Butchers. To the right of Hartills were: Hairdressers, entry, Robinsons, Cartwrights, and Williamsons.(KS) 

Miss Butler used to have a haberdashery shop here. They were the sisters of Sidney Butler who was the main protagonist in the Sedgley Operatic Society.  The family lived in Park Dale. (MW) 

 

Hairtech, High Street 

Used to be Arthur Croyden barbers; his son Billy took over from him. They used to own what is now Cafe Cappella and ran it as a junk shop/antique shop. (KS).

I was born next door to Cafe Cappella in the cottages. My brother and I used to play with the Croyden kids. We went to school together. Billy Croyden had three children. Clive the eldest, quite a lot older from Billy's first marriage, Mark and Susan were younger than me. (PP) 

...MORE REMINISCENCES OF HIGH STREET AND DUDLEY STREET SHOPS TO FOLLOW. 

Other interesting material: 

Ron Baker's drawings of High Street and Dudley Street and Sedgley Bull Ring. 

 

Black and white photos of High Street, Dudley Street and Bull Ring