Memories of Calderdale

Hipperholme Businesses & Shops [1938-1948]


Elizabeth Kilner

I remember when the newsagent's shop (now Colin's) was a blacksmith's shop, I spent hours aged about 8-9 years old watching the blacksmith making the horseshoes in the furnace, shaping them on the anvil and fitting the shoe on the big shire horses. It later became a plumbers owned by Lewis Smith.

The wooden hut next door (which was the Veg Shack) was a fish and chip shop, owned by Mr & Mrs Ainley.

On the parade of shops, the corner shop at the bottom of Whitehall Street was a butchers, I think the name was Sunderlands.

Further along was was Mrs Gelder's small haberdashery, the Co-Op shoe shop. Norman Armitage was the Chemist. We used to take our accumulators for the wireless to be re-charged there.

The Post Office was where it is now.

Then there was a Painter's and Decorator's called Hickman's.

I vaguely remember the library opening; we had to show the librarian that our hands were clean before we could borrow a book.

Wakefield Road, where the car park is now was Johnny Smallwood's farm, he farmed the fields opposite where Sandholme is now.

The corner of George Street was Soothill's Fish and chips and on the opposite corner was Graydon's Barbers. The Halifax Co-Op was on the corner of the crossroads, where the motor scooter place is now and Webster's Grocers was next door.

Opposite the infants' school was Hirst's greengrocer and fishmonger and Farley's newsagent's, later to be Pettrick & Cowper.

Just around the corner, going up Denholmegate Road, was Lewis Collins, butcher, later run by his son Geoffrey who was tragically killed along with his family in an air accident.

Half way up the hill was a little shop which sold greengrocery, at the top of the hill on the corner of Towngate was Mrs Longbottom's she sold ladies' and children's wear. Then a little sweet shop (Miss Haytoe, I think) then Haig's fish and chip shop.

Opposite the Hare & Hounds there was a cobblers shop, owned by Mr Town. A Butchers, Tordoff's and a Bread Shop.

On the corner opposite Headlands Garage was Smith's Grocers who later owned the Petrol Station run by his son, I think his name was Gordon and another son Peter.

Just above the Rugby field was another butcher called Hanson's, then on the corner of the lane to Wood Top was Miss Dolby's Grocers shop and Mrs Noble's sweet shop on the other corner

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