Memories of times on Main Street


FOLLOWING your times past, through your old photos, made me recall my young days in Britain Street, Mexborough.

Nearby Main Street, without a doubt, was a hive of activity day and night, wonderful character and humour.

My job on Mondays was to visit the pawn shop to earn my pocket money for the week. One wonders how many shops could be within 200 yards of that street and yet rarely any trouble.

You had to watch every penny, but my goodness what wonderful memories. I often wander down and point out to people what used to be what.

By the way, Ted Hughes – the nation’s poet – lived on Main Street.

I remember the family, they were pretty well off to our standards.

Still, we accepted him and got him settled.

Mexborough Main Street, 1930-1940, was 200 yards of pure magic...

There were two fish and chip shops; two gents hairdressers; three butchers shops; two newsagents; one wet fish shop; one saddler’s shop; three sweet shops; two pawn broker shops; one undertaker; one photo studio; one ladies fashion shop; one crockery shop; one general store; one motor cycle shop; one greengrocer’s; St George’s Church; one working men’s club; one furniture shop; one crockery shop; one distribution warehouse; and one cobblers!

Benny Wilkinson,