October 2015

This photo was taken on the village green in the 1950’s. On the right is the Gas Showroom full of cookers and so on (now the library). Our regular correspondent tells me that until the early 1930’s the site had a row of old cottages extending round the corner. The site was purchased by the Gas Board when gas came to the village and the showroom built to create demand. The cottages on Rock Mill End (seen end on) were used to house families of the gas fitters. At the same time the Wesleyan Chapel acquired the strip of land to its right. Before this there was no side access and all rubbish and “waste” had to go through the chapel door! The Chapel, which was built in 1885 was converted into a private residence in 2010.