Town Centre memories
By Elaine Spooner
At the bottom of Howardsgate there was a large furniture company, William Perring. Then there was Brickwall Nurseries – they are still there now. Next to them was Carnills the haberdashery store, then the Eastern Electric Showrooms – we always paid our electricity bill there.
Right on the end was Boots before they moved into the Howard Centre. On the other side was W H Smith. I can’t remember the shops further along.
Out of the picture, by the railway station was Woolworths. You went around the side of Woolworths into the bus station. The police station was originally on Stonehills – thats the big patch of ground by what is now Debenhams.
The green area in the picture is still there and the war memorial has been moved onto it. It was originally on Hatfield Hyde on Hollybush Lane.
The road going to the right in front of the Co-op (in between Smiths and Boots in the picture) has now been pedestrianised. You wouldn’t be able to park on this road so easily now!