Markets

Fish on display in-between the wars in Wolverhampton's original Retail Market, Cheapside.

Friday We Had Fish

Although I have never been a keen angler, throughout my life I have always had a love for fish. It may stem from the fact that my grandfather and my father were at some time connected with the trade. To this day there is nothing I find more interesting  that visiting a Fish market and gazing at the displays of…

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Something Fishy

Fred Thomas was the youngest son of William and Francis Thomas who had started their wholesale fish merchants business in Horseley fields in the latter part of the 1800s. Fred, the youngest son of William and Frances Thomas  is pictured in the lounge of his bungalow in Ounsdale Road, Wombourne around 1950. Fred  and his wife formerly Ann Breeze, had…

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Chapel Ash Today, Looks Sad And Tired

But once upon a time it was twice in-spired! Advert – “NOW 1879-80 – Charles Clark coach and carriage builder Chapel Ash.” Chapel Ash was well established on this main arterial route, through Wolverhampton, as a fine residential and commercial centre, when the above Advert appeared in ‘Stevens Directory’, which listed all commercial businesses in the Town at the time.…

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The Markets

The original market place as you probably know was in High Green, which is now Queen Square; and was long a nuisance to the inhabitants and a great trial to the health of the Butchers, green-grocers etc, who possessed the stalls. So in 1848, the newly elected Town Council agreed that a new General Market Hall was necessary for the…

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Wholesale Destruction

After leaving school in 1952 I found employment with H.Goodhall Ltd, in the Wholesale Market in Wolverhampton as a groundsman and porter. I would say the first three years working here in the market (before a break for National Service) were the best three years of my working life. The hand bell that rang out daily at 3.00p.m. around St…

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The Boys Of Saint Peters School

These are school rooms belonging to the Collegiate Church, erected in Craddocks Walk, (later St Peters Walk) which led from the Churchyard, and ran down in between – at this time in the picture – the Retail Market Hall and the open patch and ended in North Street. The Schools attached to St Peters Church, were erected in 1847, at…