Batley, Commercial Street c.1955

Batley, Commercial Street c.1955

Neg. B642014


Caption for Batley, Commercial Street C1955

Formerly a dirty, rutted lane, this was changed into a shopping centre from 1872 with the demolition of the Hick Lane cottages. In their place emerged Exchange Buildings, the town's first block of shops. However, by 1881 traders were complaining that Commercial Street was in a disgusting state. It was not improved until 1903, when wooden blocks were used on the roads to keep the noise down. By 1906 the Co-operative store was established in the Market Place; it stayed here until its demolition in 1977. Others stores date from the thirties, including Woolworth's (1931) and Burton's (1937). Many of these were swept away in the next redevelopment of 1964.

Memories of Batley

Rosie's Cheap Shop

I remember Rosie's Cheap Shop so well. I can actually picture Rosie now with her slight lisp. Did she not run the place with her son/sons. I also remember the 10 pence lucky bags from the market, and the sweet shop called the 'Talk of the Town'. I have such fond memories of Batley, but sadly haven't been there for 13 years.

A memory of Batley by Karan Antonio

Rosie's Cheap Shop

I remember Rosie's cheap shop. My mum and dad used to shop there, there were some good bargains there. wish those times were back.

A memory of Batley by Joan Shaw

Royal Hotel

Does anyone remember the Royal Hotel in Batley, it was on a corner I think of Bradford Road and a road that went up a very steep hill to a village. Lived there from 1963-1965 and went to Park Road School. Looking for a photo of the pub if anyone has one. Remember traffic lights being outside on the corner and a man that used to keep ferrets down his shirt and trousers when he came in for a pint.

A memory of Batley by Sandra Browne


does any one remember rosies cheap shop on commercial street we all used to go there for our cheap things

A memory of Batley by Gillian Walker
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