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South Road Thrives in the 1970s

South Road in the 1970s

South Road in the 1970s. Copyright Sheffield City Council

Carol Hawke describes the Saturday shopping buzz on South Road during the 1970s.

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What was Walkley like during the 1960s & 70s?

Thriving! Busy; honestly, you couldn’t move on South Rd on a Saturday morning.  Particularly at that time; in the 1970s, the mid-70s, I used to work in Farmgate with me husband & there were queues; everywhere you went, people queueing up ~ queueing at the fish shop, the butchers.  Even though there were loads of ‘em, they were all busy & you could walk from the end of South Rd right up to Commonside & it was just thriving, really thriving.  And it’s just amazing, really.  And a buzz ~ you could hear the, like a market-type thing, really.  Yeah; it was good.

Where did you go shopping?

 Me Mum used to go to Lipton’s that used to be at the top of Industry St.  I can remember that.  That’s perhaps an early memory because she’d still got the ration book so I’d only be … that was in the late 40s/early 50s and she used to change the coupons at Lipton’s.  Then it got really posh & there was a Gower’s and Burgin’s on this side of the road and she used to go there.  And the butcher’s she used to go – it was Tandy’s but not Tandy’s right at the end of the road.  It was near where Vito’s is now; near where Dave Marshall used to be.  That was a butcher’s and she used to always shop there.  And fruit shop; there used to be a little beer-off called Wilson’s, where the beer-off is now, that was Wilson’s.  We used to go a lot in there & Gierschicks that used to be Chester Barker’s.  All, basically, in more or less the same block.  And she used to shop at Bowater’s when it was a “posh shop” – it was a haberdashery. And Hawksford’s as well; she used to go in there and I can always remember Hawksford’s – that’s where the fireplace shop is now.  And that was haberdashery and it was like something out of “Are You Being Served” [popular TV comedy] and they used to put the money in a pot & then they’d put it on this rope &(becoming animated)  they’d pull it down & it used to go to a cashier’s office & it were amazing!  I loved it.  I was always quite impressed with that.  And there was a wool shop.  She used to go to the wool shop which was opposite church there.

Carol Hawke, interviewed by Bill Bevan on 19th December 2012.


About Bill Bevan

Bill Bevan is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and heritage interpreter.

3 comments on “South Road Thrives in the 1970s

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  3. Beryl Wildgoose (was Johnson)
    November 3, 2015

    my parents had a shop on South Road, opposite Greenhow Street, it was Johnsons grocers.that was in the 50’s it was then sold to Jacksons…..

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