This section again follows northward length of Main Street, but covering its predominantly shop fronted east side. Extending from corner of Market Street, this area initially created a busy commercial centre. These late 19th century Hucknall Huthwaite developments didn't favourably impress one visiting historian who wrote:
there are few more depressingly sordid places in the county than this which stands close to the highest point reached within our borders. Colouring the decaying neglected use after a century is barely brighter.
A new millenium saw the opening of a Co-operative store, which significantly renovated Hutton's former corner shop fronting Market Street. Retaining a nostalgic view along Main Street, it also incorporated the old rear bakery, plus a few other unused shops that originally held pride of place in Hucknall Huthwaite.
One door led upstairs to Huthwaite's one time dentist, although W. Alexander was famed for steadying his own nerves with the bottle. First big windowed frontage made a proud run under Turner's furniture store. A cafe may have sat between serving luxury drink, claimed imported by the next door Globe Tea Co. store.
Most recent changes rubbed Neptunes parlour out 2003. Soon after, it was additionally taken over by Tonks 4x4, who'd relocated next door into the originally prestigious Globe Tea general store far end that first block. The fenced gap appeared years ago after removing Stanley Critchlow's fish shop sighted above. Disused premises gained a welcomed face lift 2010, lastly shelving Hunt's wood in a handymans treasure trove.
At the end with a door cornering onto Sherwood Street, stood the first Huthwaite Co-op store, just glimpsed behind Whit walkers. It saw out various traders until 2004, turning into a small general store off licence.
Other corner of Sherwood Street finds 1970's properties covering site of a wooden missionary hut that also hosted early entertainment atop The Park. Shown aside it, the Beardsall confectioners shop had a sweet factory down the jennel. Part time businesses were also commonly run among residential terraced homes, especially along Main Street. This block built 1892 displays named addressing for Willoughby Cottages.
My walk to school passed a large corner window on top of New Street storing Lanes Plumbing equipment. On far end that long block bearing
W, Ives, Cottages 1900 is the house first purchased by my parents. It had been fitted with an upstairs bathroom, and fully lit by electric, except for pit strike blackouts. Still warmed by a coal fire and holding evidence of gas lamp plumbing when built with rear outside toilet and coal house.
Closing the New Street Schools presented an entrance into John Davis workshops. But those dwellings had developed an area called "The Falls", leaving only the far north to long provide garden allotments. They were finally closed off to bring sighting of golf course developments, captured here starting November 2012
Written 10 Feb 13 Revised 04 Apr 13 © by Gary Elliott