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@Canny lass - following on from the discussions within Andy's new albums though I would clagg together a Google Street View image of Front Street East so we could attempted to map on what the old shops - 1950's & 60's - were.

This is the current view within Google :- 

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And this is with a couple of the old shop names :- 

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That's what I call a nice bit of claggin(g)! After a fair bit of observation - which involved a fair bit of zooming in and out, comparisons with other photos, counting windows, inspecting chimneys  and facade details, delving into the corners of my mind and even a visit to Google Earth I have to say that I'm no further forward as to the where-abouts of the off-licence. There's an interesting door (Borgia's entrance) tucked in between Feasters and Carrs which I hadn't noticed before and there's an interesting mosaic floor in the entrance to Premier (formerly part of Carr's). However, I'm sure it's not the mosaic 'arcade' floor of Molden's/Feasters as that was next door to the left but I know I bought my Lambrusco some where there.

92 and 96 combined used to be Walter Wilson's and Meadow Dairy. I don't know if it was the same shop with just a change of name. My mother always called it Walter Wilsons even when it had Meadow Dairy on the sign. The first half of the grey building adjoining Premier was Millne's gift shop. I don't know what was in the half nearest Walter Wilson's.

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@Canny lass & @Andy Millne would the building (with the bedlingon .co.uk logo on) on the far right of my clagged up image, after Wm Ward's, have been Dunn's Outfitters or was Dunn's old building completely demolished?  Or could it have been the building to the left of Dunn's - I can't make out it's name for it.Dunns Outfitters Front Street East.jpg

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29 minutes ago, Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) said:

@Canny lass & @Andy Millne would the building (with the bedlingon .co.uk logo on) on the far right of my clagged up image, after Wm Ward's, have been Dunn's Outfitters or was Dunn's old building completely demolished?  Or could it have been the building to the left of Dunn's - I can't make out it's name for it.Dunns Outfitters Front Street East.jpg

Had another look and the name on shop sign left of the Dunn's Outfitters also starts with the letters DUN - did Dunn's use two buildings?

The next shop to the left, with the Walter Wilson shop sign, I'm guessing could be numbers 96 (Chinese Take Away) & 92 (Ward's)🙂  

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Dunn’s was demolished in the 90s after a fire. The building with the bedlington.co.uk logo is number 90. Dunn’s was the next one 88. 86 is now also demolished (was Dennis Todd’s music shop)

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The building with the ?? In your image is currently being fitted out as a bathroom showroom. I think that was Millne’s gift shop with Meadow dairy to the right. 

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9 minutes ago, Canny lass said:

Now Lawson and Thompson solicitor. I think Eggy may have named them in the wrong order. Should be Moldens to the left and Feasters to the right.

Yup. Thank you very much, and yes, definitely Moldens to the left, that was my feminine apparel shop xx

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2 hours ago, Canny lass said:

Now Lawson and Thompson solicitor. I think Eggy may have named them in the wrong order. Should be Moldens to the left and Feasters to the right.

I haven't got a clue - I can tell you the names of the shops at The Oval in the late 50's and early 60's, where I lived on the estate behind them, but I have very little idea about those of the West or East Front Street. 

This is the comment + pic that @John Fox (foxy) posted :-

 

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3 hours ago, Canny lass said:

Feastens or Fewstwrs - what's the odd letter or two between friends? However, I, and @lilbill15 definitely bought our knickers in Moldens on the left of the 'arcade'.

Ye brazen hussy, ye @Canny lass! I never mentioned my knickers! However, on a similar note, d’you remember a shoeshop towards the Neil called Ninettes? Josephine mentioned it but I have no recollection at all xx

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Well, I know you didn't mention them but as I recall there wasn't anywhere else in Bedlington you could buy them - unless you had a penchant for the Co-op's navy blue fleecey variety. So, I felt I was safe in assuming such purchases were made at Moldens by your good self as well.

Ninettes, however, doesn't ring any bells with me.

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28 minutes ago, Canny lass said:

Well, I know you didn't mention them but as I recall there wasn't anywhere else in Bedlington you could buy them - unless you had a penchant for the Co-op's navy blue fleecey variety. So, I felt I was safe in assuming such purchases were made at Moldens by your good self as well.

Ninettes, however, doesn't ring any bells with me.

Oh, frustrating! I have no recollection either but Josephine is adamant, she described the Post Office and a fruit and veg shop which she is sure was “Barnes”. My memory of Barnes was @ the “white house “, behind which was the doctor’s surgery ( John brown, Mulligan etc). This was at the top of the “Cut” leading down to Nana Graves in Shiney Row . Anyone else out there help with Ninettes?? There was a hairdresser in the market place where I had my hair done for Auntie Eileen’s wedding to Barry Shell, given time I can up/down load a photo xx

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@Canny lass - this one - Morgan - for No 90 was probably before your time. 

I'm sure I have sen another photo that probably shows who had the shop after Morgan - I'll keep an eye out when I'm trawling through Facebook photos of Bygone Bedlington:)

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On 13/06/2021 at 22:17, lilbill15 said:

Oh, frustrating! I have no recollection either but Josephine is adamant, she described the Post Office and a fruit and veg shop which she is sure was “Barnes”. My memory of Barnes was @ the “white house “, behind which was the doctor’s surgery ( John brown, Mulligan etc). This was at the top of the “Cut” leading down to Nana Graves in Shiney Row . Anyone else out there help with Ninettes?? There was a hairdresser in the market place where I had my hair done for Auntie Eileen’s wedding to Barry Shell, given time I can up/down load a photo xx

Found a couple of photos with J. E. BARNES shop at the Market Place and I think that is the Post Office in the top photo, left of J E Barnes as you look at the photo. Don't know the year these two photos were take.

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I spotted a postcard of the Market Place that John Ashford had posted on the Bygone Bedlington group and he was asking if any member could date it. All the estimates for the year were late 1950's to early 1960's.  Enlarged the postcard and there was the Post Office next to Barnes :- 

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5 hours ago, Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) said:

this one - Morgan - for No 90 was probably before your time. 

Yes it probably was but this one was definitely in my time, 1957 Brown's Furniture Shop

(Courtesy of Evan Martin, Bedlingtonshire Remembered (publ. 1999) The People's History Ltd.

There's no doubt that it is number 90. The finials of the neighbouring shop, Fletcher's, are exact.

So, the Meadow Dairy has, at some time, been Fletcher's which I'm assuming, because of all the white tiling, is a butchers or a fishmongers.

It's not the best of reproductions but it's the best I can do.

 

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