This Victorian photograph of the northern end of the High Street seems to have been taken from about the end of Wellington Street but in the middle of the High Street. To the left is a parade of shops with sun blinds extended, this is where you will now find Robinsons/Debenhams and The Globe Theatre. Robinsons was built in 1901 and the Globe in the mid 1930s, just past the shops but set back out of sight will be the North Eastern public house, which of course is still there, Bishopton Lane heads off to the left at the building that I have always known as Maxwells Corner, straight ahead is of course Norton Road which in later years housed such businesses as Chapmans Garage, Dickens Hardware and Cowies with their excellent motor cycle section in the basement. Off to the right is Church Road and St. Mary’s Church as well as the small set back section of road that stands in front of the Royal Oak, to the very right is a building which was replaced by a 1960s edifice which in turn has since disappeared, some of the buildings now long gone could possibly date back to the 1700 hundreds.
Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.