Trading Histories

Mrs Stanley’s Story

Dixon Lane pet store, Leslie’s material stall.

In the early 1930s at the bottom of Dixon Lane, to the right as one entered the market, was a pet store. This was quite large, had an earth floor and housed, apart from pet food, animals of all descriptions, apart from hens which ran around loose. I loved going there as a small child.

Later – about 50 years ago – was Leslie’s material stall – an Aladdin’s cave for people who made their own clothes. The stallholder would ‘stroke’ the bales of cloth if they were of particularly good quality and he was known to say to a customer he knew if they were short of cash ‘Take it and pay me next week!’ The world has changed!!!