My grandfather, Isaac Smith, had a hardware and bicycle shop on these premises, known universally as the 'Tudor Cottages', from some time towards the close of WW1 to the late 1930s. The premises were owned by Rylands Bros, the nearby wire works, at which Ike (also Ikey) had worked at one time (I infer ...Read full memory
This photo is dated 1965. By this time the factory was owned by the Burton Group, making men's suiting and jackets. Burton's bought it in 1961. I started working there in September that year till it closed in 1977. One of the men I worked with had been working for Bennett's for years and said that during the war one part ...Read full memory
As a child I remember having family gatherings in my grandfather's bakery, Tofts Bakery, where he lived above.