Wednesday, 6 July 2011


It is September 1972 and the people of Middlewich are up in arms about the replacement of the Town Hall, and the row of shops adjacent to it, by what was called 'The Piazza'; a monstrosity which could best be described as a kind of pink, yellow and white concrete blancmange. The buildings which this woeful concoction replaced at least had a kind of sombre dignity, and it's little wonder that people objected to the change. The protest meeting is taking place on what is now the car park of 'The Vaults' (note the trendy 1970s 'Vaults' sign) - shortly before this it had been Dewhursts the butchers and a private house (which was probably associated with that business)
  • I think the gentlemen with the smart grey coat, who appears to be in charge (to the right of the lady speaker) is 'Mac' Telfer, an excellent and much-missed Middlewich councillor. The gentleman with the clasped hands, fawn raincoat and hair also looks familiar, but I can't recall his name. To his right is, I think, Mr Stott the Chemist. Anyone recognise any of the others?

  • We will be hearing, and seeing, quite a bit more of 'The Vaults' on our journey into Middlewich's past. The pub has an interesting history which, I think, has been obscured by its recent 'youngster's pub' image. It has been much altered over the years and is a lot older than many people suppose.

    This photo was first published on facebook on 23rd April 2011. The original Facebook feedback is below:

    • Geraldine Williams Is the gentleman in the fawn raincoat Jim Molloy?
      23 April at 20:53 · 

    • Dave Roberts Yes, I think you're right.
      23 April at 21:01 · 

    • Dave Roberts 

      Here's a thing:I was in Llandudno yesterday (Sunday 24th)  , talking to a well-known Middlewich personality who told me that, in his younger days, he had worked on the demolition of the Town Hall. Received wisdom has always been that the Town Hall had to go because its upstairs dance floor, was 'unsafe'. My informant told me that the dance flloor in question had only been installed two years previous to the demolition. Now THERE'S something to think about...

      25 April at 14:56 · 

    • Gaynor Mcclelland  Of course, The Vaults had a interesting history. We were part of it. lol!
      26 April at 07:13 · 

    • Dave Roberts Quite right. At times, perhaps, a little too interesting...
      26 April at 08:19 ·

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