1930- 1960
The village grew rapidly in the 1900’s and many businesses were established. The lists below have been drawn up from discussions with people who lived on the village, and at this stage is a first attempt to cover the period 1930’s to 1960’s.
To enable the Society to meet its objectives;
Any additions/corrections/comments/information/memories to add to our knowledge would be very welcome. The objective is to draw up a short history of each of the businesses, who played such a key role in the development of the village.

INDUSTRY
The majority of the companies listed where trading into the 1950’s but all the traditional employers have closed to be replaced by new modern businesses.

Cornelius Whitehouse (Edge Tool Maker) Walsall Road
Gilpin’s (Edge Tool Maker) Churchbridge
Whitehouse Brothers (Edge Tool Maker) Watling Street
Hawkins Tileries Watling Street
Cannock Fertilisers (Cannock Agricultural) Walkmill Lane
G K N   Green Lane
Sankeys Heating Division Green Lane
Lea and James Brush Factory Green Lane
Bridgtown Industries    Green Lane
Jellyman (Foundry)   Walsall Road
Lucas (Electric and Automotive Parts) Walkmill Lane
Schrader Bellows (Automotive Parts) Walkmill Lane
E W Wynn (Foundry) Watling Street
Wooton’s (Timber Yard) North Street
Burgess (Cash Bags) Junction of Union/Park Streets
Astbury Haulage Walkmill Lane
Hargreaves Haulage Broad Street
Cliff’s Sweet Factory Broad Street
Goldberg & Louis (Doll Factory) North Street
Turog Bakery (Owner Mr A Baker note: true)
Rosa’s Ice Cream Factory Walsall Road
A R Astbury (Builders) Watling Street/Bridge Street
Elliott Lucas Churchbridge
Ken Thomas (Printers) Started in Longford Road moved to Walsall Road
N C B Computer Centre (Later known as Compower)
John Wood (Wholesale Provisions)
Vine Lane Garage (Walkmill Lane)
G Brevitt Haulage Green Lane
H Rushton Haulage Walsall Road
Tom Holliday Printer Union Street

SHOPS
The majority of shops were located in North Street but there were a number trading in other locations in the village.

NORTH STREET
Even Numbers:
16. Alex Jenkins (General Stores)
20.Cliff’s (Post Office/Newsagent) Corner of Broad Street
Bob Linnell (Cycles) at22/24/26: 22 became Stanton’s Bakeries then Bridgtown Cycles
24/26 became Wigley’s then Baileys (Ladies and Girls Clothes)
28.Charlie Beasley’s (Music) became Stantos (bakery) then Bensleys (Fruit /Veg)
30.Jess Whitehouse’s (Mens Outfitters)
34.Parkers (Grocers)
36.  Fereday became Marston’s (Chemist)
38. Fred Nunnerley (Cycles) then had a number of uses  but all for short periods
40. Ellen Lockley became Thomas (Newsagent)
42. Rushton’s (Post Office/Stationery) became Edgar Machin (Shoes)
44. George Riley then Mrs Bull (Fruit/Veg) Nunnerly Cycles moved to rear then changed to electrical before moving across to Edgar Machins old shop     (number 33)
48. Rose Withington then Mrs Briggs (Fish/Chips)
56. Percy Mills (Butcher)
58.Davenports (Hardware)
Co-operative (Grocers) corner of East/Union St with North Street
68. Dudley’s (Sweets)
70. Wills then Gunn’s (China)
72. Gallatley then Chas Hales (Butchers)
76. Haywood’s (Greengrocers)/Mr Haywood (Coal Merchant)
102. Mrs Hughes became Dr Middleton Surgery then Dr Unsworth

Odd Numbers:
1. Joe Astbury (Furniture Removals/Cycles) became Jukes (Second hand furniture) then Stubbs (Fish and Chips/Cafe)
3. Mr Greenaway (Barber)
11. Brewe’s (Greengrocer)
19. Salmons (Grocer) corner of Church Street
21.Wiggin’s (Greengrocer) corner of Church Street
23. Richard’s (Bakers) became part of Hardwick’s
25 Smith’s (Grocer) became Hardwick’s
27. Simpkins (Ladies Clothes) became Bob Linnels
29. George/Tom Cotton (Butcher)
33. Edgar Machin (Shoes) became Nunnerly (Electrical) who moved from the rear of Bull’s
35. Rock’s (Grocer/Sweets)
37. Benton and Savage (Furniture) became Taylor’s (Bakery)
39. Elsie’s (Hairdresser)
61 Hughes’s became Duffy’s then Richardson’s (Grocer/Outdoor) on corner with Longford Lane

Longford Lane
44. Norman Summers (Grocer)
Miss Askey (Music Teacher)
First shop in lane had a number of uses Second Hand Toy’s/Clothes/Mower Repairs and Service

New Street
25. Albert/Walter Jack’s (Coal Yard)
5. Handle Whitehouse’s (Coal Merchant/Milk Man)
Smallman’s (Fish and Chips)
Mrs Taylor’s (Sweets/Confectionery)

Watling Street
Dowding’s (Outdoor) on corner of New Street
158. Kitty Webb’s (Grocery)
120 Thomas’s (moved to North Street) became Ward’s( grocery) Alma Elsmore / Margaret Bailey ( both Ladies Hairdresser) then Printers
Mr Giles (cobbler)
Mr Snape (Photographer)
Astbury’s Garage (Petrol Station) part of Astbury Haulage

Park Street
12. Handley’s (Coal Merchant)
14. Davies (Cobblers)
D W Clarkes (Builders Merchant’s) corner of East Street

Broad Street
5. Hargreaves (Outdoor)
43 Jackson’s became Smith’s then Hesltine’s (Fish and Chips)
Davies ( Sweets and Grocery)

Cross Street
Pawn Shop (Mrs Perks)
Mr and Mrs Smith became Mrs Royans then Eric Roberts (Greengrocery)
Barbers Shop (Perrin’s/George Rose/Hindley)

Church Street
2. Bill Lockley Butcher
Lily Bailey (General Store)

Walsall Road
Louie (Barber) better known as Lightening Lou
Willy Schaefer (Radio/TV repairs)
Alf Thomas (Small Cafe)
Hattin’s (Books) became Mrs Lowe then Mrs Gough (general store) corner of East Street
Fereday (Wholesale Grocery) then  Wiseman (Guns)

Union Street
Stewartson’s ( Outdoor/Grocery)
Foster’s (Grocery)
Mrs Greenskill (Wool/Crockery)
16. Sarah Jacksons (Fish and Chips)

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