Bishop Auckland, Supermarket In Newgate Street c.1965

Memories of Bishop Auckland


My grandfather Thomas Edwin Mantle had a grocery and creamery in Newgate Street. He died before I was born but strangely my father Herbert Clayton eventually had his own store in Newgate Street, it was called H Clayton esquire, family grocer. I was two years old when we moved to Redcar in Yorshire. So I have no memories of my birthplace.

On September 15, 1949, I started attending Mount School at the ripe old age of 4 1/2. The School was located in the Market Place. I travelled with a small group of students from Eppleby to Darlington and then on to Bishop Auckland on the United bus number 1 which stopped quite near the front door of the school. The (...Read full memory)

I used to go to school in Rushyford (Windlesone Hall) and we used to go to Bishop Auckland every other week. I remember there used to be some green cabins in the market place that used to sell burgers and the like, and a department store - I think it was called Doggarts. Correct me if I am wrong. We used to go there to eat... the best years of my life.

Approx 2 years working at SS LIngfords in Newgate Street. The old fashioned type of shop where you were served. We roasted our own coffee beans every Monday morning. Cooked our own "boiled" ham every week. Part of my job was to bone the hams prior to cooking in our own large boiler.We bought whole sides of (...Read full memory)

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