Sunday, October 17, 2010

A History of Shopping in Wolverton Part V

The Square

The Square was a product of the 1890 and I think was intended for residences, very much like Glyn Square was in 1840. It remains much as it was, except for the loss of connection with Radcliffe Street.

Shopping development, as we have seen, began in Bury Street and expanded to Creed Street. When new building lots were put up for sale in 1860, some shops of necessity moved from Bury Street to the Stratford Road and one or two began to appear in Church Street. "The Front" filled up with commercial establishments first and then, logically, Church Street.

As Wolverton expanded south and west, the Square came into its own as a fourth phase of shopping development. Growth was gradual and even by 1939, one third of the houses were still private dwellings.

This view of Moreland Terrace taken circa 1911 shows the early mixture of shops and residences.



The table below illustrates occupany to 1939. The 1901 Census has been used, thereafter Trade Directories, which are not always complete. The street numbers are organized thus: 
Moreland Terrace: Odd numbers from North to South.
The Square, West Side: Sequential numbers South to North.



Number
1901
1911
1928
1939
Moreland Terrace




1
Siggs, Draper
Siggs, Draper
Rivett, Draper
Start, Draper
3
Private
Private
Private
Private
5
Linford, Confectioner
Linford, Confectioner
Stevens, Confectioner
Stevens, Confectioner
7
Private



9
Private
Green, Butcher
Green, Butcher
Hackett, Butcher
11
Private
Private
Private
Private
13
Private
Turner, Jeweller
Trewinnard, optician
Blagrove, optician
15
Private
Private
Wood, Tobacconist

17
Private
Private
Private
Private
19
Private
Private
Private
Jennison, Tailor
21
Bennett, Miliner
Bennett, Miliner
Bennett, Miliner
Co-op
The Square (W)




1
Private
Private
Co-op
Co-op
2
Private
Private
Co-op
Co-op
3
Private
Private
Co-op
Co-op
4
Private
Private
Co-op
Co-op
5
Private
Private
Co-op
Co-op
6
Private
Private
Private
Private
7
Private
Private
Private
Private
8
Private
Private
Private
Private
9
Private
Private
Blakelock, Tobacconist
Blakelock, Confectioner
10
Private
Private
Private
Howe, Hairdresser
11
Bullin, Grocer
India & China Tea Co., Grocers
English Novelty Co., Toy Manufacturers
Coles, Boot repairs/ Read, Ladies Hairdresser
Buckingham St




36
Knight, Bootmaker


Nicholls, domestic Stores
38
Leeson, Grocer
Leeson, Grocer
Leeson, Grocer

Aylesbury St.




32
Private

Button, Butcher
Button, Butcher
43
Private
Grice, Shopkeeper
Mayo, Shopkeeper
Waite, Shopkeeper










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