“THE LAST PICTURE SHOW”
One final look at Steen & Blackets Map of 1871 – recalling
(No.1) 1909.William Gough – Builders.
(No 2) 1921, Hollingsworth – Bacon Curer’s / 1927. The Globe – Picture House / 1943. The Carlton Picture House / 1964. Bergs- Credit Drapers.
(No.3) 1950’s Frank Glover- Motor Engineers.
(No. 4) Holly Bush Inn.
Today in 2014. Bergs Drapers extended building, is still standing and Frank Glovers disused building, is also still standing.
THEN & NOW
We are talking about MARY ANN STREET and GOUGH STREET.
Looking west up Horseley fields from Mary Ann Street in the mid 1960’s a shaft of sunlight from Gough Street, penetrate’s the dim shadow throwing a spotlight on the “Star Vaults” opposite.
By the time this photo was taken, the Carlton Cinema opposite, on the corner of Mary Ann Street had shown its last film, and in 1969 William Gough seen here still adjacent to the cinema will remove to Bilston.
For some thirty years past, the old Picture House along with the historic Builders next door ,had taken up the full, one-hunded yard length of the block in Horseley Fields between Mary Ann Street and Gough Street.
SO WHAT HAPPENED TO MARY ANN STREET and GOUGH STREET.
The following three pictures show different angled views where once upon a time the block stood separated by the above two streets.
TRAVELLING SOUTH – WEST
The slip road from Horseley Fields and the Willenhall Road that joins the ring – road at St Georges, Metro Island, seen in 2014.
Still open for business on the corner of the slip -road entrance , now Middle Row the renamed Mary Ann Street, are the Funeral Directors F. Jennings.
On the left or east side of this new road, on the corner of Ward Street, are the re-built premises of Frank Glover motor engineers, originally 19-20 Mary Ann Street.
An earlier veiw of the slip road this time in the opposite direction, from the St Georges Metro Island continuing into Horseley Fields and the Willenhall Road.
A better view is seen here of No. 3 Frank Glover’s new building on the right in the former Mary Ann Street.
Whilst over to the left of what was Mary Ann Street stands the building originally built to house Bergs Credit Drapers in 1965. The Mill Street Goods Depot dominated the background at that time.
Taken from the same spot, from the St Georges Metro Island continuing into Horseley Fields and the Willenhall Road., and now we see, apart from the flats that dominate the background, this characterless scene between Mary Ann Street and Gough Street, looks very much the same today in 2014.
As I mentioned before, as for the Bergs and Frank Glover’s buildings built either side of the carriageway, they are still standing today but I believe maybe now not in use..
Not much life left in this scene today apart from the traffic, but if we go back to a time when the traffic was horse drawn, the days of steam , gas-lamps and the arrival of the Movies, to Mary Anne Street you would see a different picture.
“WHEN PORKIES MADE WAY FOR TALKIES”
Hollingsworths Pork and Bacon curers , had for many years a business in Horsely Fields. They were established there in 1846
Arthur Hollingsworth is listed in the Red Book dated 1892.has having business’s at No’s 36 Horseley Fields and No. 30 Queen Square.
In 1914 he is at No’s 38 – 39 Horseley Fields and 35 Queen Square again as a Bacon Curer.
And in 1923 the family business occupied No’s 35 – 36 – 38 – Horseley Fields and opposite the shop premises, on the corner of Mary Ann Street.they had a large a Warehouse
Then in 1925 on the death of Sarah Hollingsworth, this Sales Notice was posted by Knock & Joseland auctioneers, for the sale of the warehouse and outbuildings at 128 Horseley Fields and 44 Mary Ann Street.
THE MAIN FEATURE.
The the building and site was purchased by Captain W.Cresswell and plans were submitted for converting the building to a cinema and these were approved on 9th June 1926. On the 24th January 1927, The Globe Cinema as it was known, opened in a blaze of glory, were it was said, patrons could sit in complete comfort, and view silent pictures with accompanying orchestral music.
On the 13th June 1943, there was a change of name and it presented its last show as the Globe, and and five months later after a refurbishment it opened as The Carlton.
MEMORIES OF THE FLICKS.
My own memories of this little six hundred seater picture house are few, but one I recall, took place around 1950.
I remember queuing for my front stalls ticket at the side entrance in Mary Ann Street, and then sitting on wooden bench seating to watch John Wayne, in Red River. The film was so enjoyable I soon forgot the itching and my aching behind.
As previously mentioned. The “Carlton” Cinema, and William Gough Decorator and Plumber’s shared the block between Mary Ann Street and Gough Street, Horseley Fields, in 1950.
The film showing at the “Carlton” that day, was “Fighter Squadron” starring Edmond O’ Brien and Robert Stack, but judging by the amount of coppers, standing outside perhaps a more appropriate picture to show would have been “The Blue Lamp”, with good old Sgt Dixon.
As with the majority of other cinemas in town at that time it struggled on through the 1950’s and finally closed in 1960 the last film being Tommy The Toreador, starring Tommy Steele.
The building again reverted back a warehouse when it was purchased by Bergs credit Drapers , demolished and a new building was erected, Which I believe still stands today.
Something always intrigued me as a youth; the question – How come William Gough’s business premises were on the corner of Gough Street? Was there some connection?
Well apparently not.
It says in the article:
In 1900, a year after Alderman Price Lewis was mayor of Wolverhampton, a young man started a painting and decorating business in Horseley – Field .
His first place of business was in a house opposite Alderman Lewis’s tailoring shop, and one of the first customers of young William Gough was the alderman.
Painting and decorating of part of that shop cost Alderman Lewis the princely sum of Two pounds and a shilling.
Price Lewis Tailors soon after removed to the new “London Buildings” Prince’s Square., and Mr Gough rented the aldermans shop this was in 1909, and bought it some years later and stayed there until 1969.
William Gough & Sons as the firm is known then moved to Moseley Road Bilston, taking over a large detached house for use as offices, and using an acre of land behind for storage of vehicles, painting and building equipment.
From being in the first instance purely “church school and house decorators” (quote their fascia) in 1909.
They now offer on their website in 2014: William Gough and Sons Limited. … Offer a full construction service to all sectors, priding ourselves on Quality in all aspects.
The building that has replaced The Carlton and William Gough seen today between Mary Ann Street and Gough Street has a clean cut, but forbidding look , there is nothing slightly inviting about it, the doors are tightly shut. Is it empty I wonder ?
And placed on the side wall of that austere building today, is this long forgotten banner, which seems to mock the situation of Horseley Fields today in 2014, and indeed in someways our city as well.
Horseley Fields – Case Closed “Nuff Said”