Thursday, 1 March 2012


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Looking almost impossibly narrow and confined, this is the junction between Pepper Street and the area where Lower Street became Wheelock Street. It's very early in the 1970s - quite possibly 1970 or 1971.
In fact it's rather difficult to say which particular street Pepper Street is joining here - Wheelock Street is to the right, and Lower Street to the left.
Perhaps it might be more apt to say that this is where Pepper Street meets The Bullring.
Across the road is the then brand new building built by the Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd and known as the Co-operative Superstore, reflecting its purpose as a place where all the previously scattered Co-op departments in Middlewich were, for the first time, gathered together under one roof.
It's rather disconcerting to note that the shop's entrance wasn't always on the left hand side, as it is now that Tesco Express rules the roost there. The right hand part of the building,  occupied for many years by Pineland Ltd, was at this time the Co-op's chemists department.
The windows in the building on the left belong to the flat above Vernon Coopers' Radio, TV and electrical shop, and the brick wall on the right was part of the house next to Dewhurst's butchers shop.
This junction, together with the reverse side of that ridiculously tall (for sighting purposes) STOP sign can be seen in this entry as it appeared from a camera position looking in the opposite direction from just underneath the Co-op's long vanished canopy.
As Seddon's Salt Works was in Pepper Street it might be thought that this cramped and inconvenient junction might cause problems for vehicles wanting to reach the works but, in actual fact, the entrance and exit for carts (and later lorries) taking loads of salt from Seddon's was further down Lower Street, next to the gas showroom near Town Bridge.


  1. The brick wall on the right belonged to the house that was on the corner of Pepper Street, Dewhurst's butchers was next to that going up Wheelock Street and next door to what was then the Brown's Vaults. The butchers and the house were what is now Vaults carpark. You can see this on the photo of the Bogota Boys at Middlewich.

  2. You're right, of course. Thanks for your comment, and I've corrected the entry. Do you know (or does anyone else reading this know) whether the house was part of Dewhurst's- i.e. did the people who ran the shop live in the house?

    1. Forgot to put my name to the above comment. I don't know who owned the house but when i was at school The Johnson Family lived in it and I went into it to visit my friend. One of the daughters might be about your age Dave. I think she was called Susan. Linda was the same age as me.

  3. Dave I don't know who that is on that bike but I do remember crashing on my bike into that wall against Vernon Coopers in the mid 1960's. This was when you 'allowed' to race around the streets unhindered by traffic!

  4. This brings back memories, if you were to turn around and walk back towards Webbs Lane, there was an open space opposite Seddons Salt Works, we use to pay football and cricket there, al little further along was the back entrance to Powells, again we used the wall for some kind of ball game, until someone complainted and PC Plod came along and told us all our rights, Ian Fox (Crafty) was bending down tying his shoe laces and got away with it, we, the reast of us had to go to the town Hall which in those days was next to St Michaels where my dad was fined £5, alot of money in the late 50's early 60's. getting back to the picture, Vernons at the bottom left and if you were to walk to the left there was a chippy, cant remember who owned it. Ill tell you something else too, at night it was a bit spooky walking up Pepper Street, and what a strange name "Pepper Street", As salt was produced there.


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