Tideswell Tales

Voices and Pictures from Tideswell and Litton's recent past

Church Street in Wakes Week

“The photos show a house (now called Evelyn House) and the adjacent Old Post Office, in Church Street Tideswell decorated for the Well Dressing & Wakes Week celebrations which are held in June to commemorate St. John the Baptist. The plaques are made of a wire-netting frame with crepe paper pushed through to incorporate a pattern. The only trouble was once it rained it was spoilt! Nowadays coloured carrier-bags are used”.

We now know the lady in the first picture is Annie Brocklehurst (nee Haworth) thanks to a member of the Tideswell Local History Club who were looking though some of our photographs at their supper last week.

Can anyone help us put a date to these photos?


The photo is shown with the kind permission of Mrs Sylvia Finley (nee Brocklehurst)


We now have some more information on the photo above from Helen Middleton.
HM1Helen has sent us this photograph of herself, her brother and younger sister taken outside the same shop during Wakes Week, decorated in a similar style and dated on the reverse 1961.

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And here is another photo from Helen of the shops during a different Wakes Week where as well as the crepe paper decorations they have window boxes planted with colourful flowers which she is watering. She would date this to be about 1956/7.

To see more from Helen

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6 comments on “Church Street in Wakes Week

  1. John Allen
    January 2, 2014

    Wonderful pictures of the old Harold Bennet’s shop. At least that’s what it was when I was a kid living on Church Street, although I do remember, vaguely, it being Underwood’s before that for a short while. Me and my mates bought a lot of sweets there; Black Jacks, Fruit Salad Chews, Penny Bubbly’s, Cherry Lips etc. Harold Bennet had this home made construction he would bring out from behind the counter known as The Penny Tray. He would wave this under our noses to extract each and every last penny we had.
    I remember his son Nigel had a “gang hut” up the back garden I remember, at least once, going into it w/ my older brother. It was dark, clad w/ old carpet, and an old bit of carpet for a door flap which kept out every speck of light. They tried to get me to eat a garden worm Nigel had cooked on an old tin lid! I declined…

  2. Kevin Mottram
    May 4, 2013

    I picked up a leaflet at the Food Fair today, logged on to the site and the first person I saw was my grandma, Annie Brocklehurst. I lived at the house from 1948 to 1956 and, although far from sure, would guess the photo was taken about 1954/55.
    The old lady at the same door is Annie’s mum, my great grandmother. Sarah Hannah Haworth nee Clegg who’s husband was manager of the Weaving Shed on Manchester Road.

  3. Helen Middleton
    December 19, 2012

    I have a photograph of myself , my brother and younger sister taken outside the same shop during Wakes Week, decorated in a similar style and dated on the reverse 1961. I have another photo of the shops during a different Wakes Week where as well as the crepe paper decorations they have window boxes planted with colourful flowers which I am watering. I would date this to be about 1956/7

    • tideswelltales
      December 20, 2012

      Thank you Helen, I have put the comment on the Web Site. If you have a scanner maybe you would consider letting us have a copy of your photo, alternatively if you bring it over with you the next time you visit we can scan it for you here. It is nice to know you (and others) are following our website.

      Regards
      Henry Douglass

  4. Helen Middleton
    December 19, 2012

    My uncle and aunt, Ernest and Vera Underwood had the shop, you can see the name UNDERWOOD above the door. I was born in 1950 and cannot remember them being anywhere else, (not sure how early my memory started( but I do know I stayed there with them when my sister was born in 1956. The people who had it before them were Mr & Mrs Harrison and their granddaughter is Mrs Julie Scott who lives in Tideswell, I do not know if she would be able to give a date when they moved from the shop. Another grandaughter is Gillian Osborne from Taddington, Mary Landon is in touch with her so may be able to obtain the info for you

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