Edited and Compiled by Paul Nix
|My father – (Charlie) Gale was a trolley-bus driver from 1919 to 1954 in Nottingham. Every Saturday morning my Mum and I went to “town” from Beeston and visted Sneinton Market and Central Market. My Mum always bought dressmaking materials from Cental Market and I distinctly remember the clock hanging from the ceiling at the bottom of the Avenue. The stall holders were so friendly and I was really sad when it closed. I was always treated to an Ice Cream from the shop just outside near the entrance. Wonderfull memories.
I am not sure but I think it might have been the old Sneinton market area. My Mum certainly used to take me to such a place when I was very young. There were several stalls selling mushy peas, winkles etc which we always had with vinegar. It was always a very busy crowded place and I loved the atmosphere.
We had a local shoemaker/mender in Chilwell who could repair almost anything and cheaply. Used to love the smell of leather when you entered the shop down some steps. Fascinated to watch them put the shoes on the metal shape, strip off the old sole and hammer on a new one. Even to this day the smell of leather takes me right back.
I used to go to the local Co-op at Chilwell in the 50’s to shop for my Mum. Butter was cut from a huge mound, weighed, patted into shape with wooden slats and then wrapped in greasedproof paper. Sugar came out of big bags was weighed and then put into smaller blue bags to take home.