Stratton Street

Now part of the High Street, Stratton Street was at one time on the edge of town. In this old view circa 1900, Sydney Chessum, Dairyman, drives his pony ‘Tom’ with cart up towards the Railway Bridge. On your left is the Shoulder of Mutton rebuilt after the fire in 1893, closed in 1956, further down is the Bushel & Strike, closed by 1913, for many years Hubbard’s the Greengrocers, then Arthur Warren, Butcher. On our right, the Golden Eagle, closed 1920, Stones & Skelton, Builders, later Styles Walter Warren, Cycle Manufacturer, John Barlow, Grocer.

The Rose, newly rebuilt and the Golden Pheasant in High Street, with George Turner’s Chemist Shop prominent in the background.

Today, the view from the Railway Bridge shows the Shoulder of Mutton building and most of the others on the right retained with the exception of the Trustee Savings Bank and Laundrette rebuilt. On the left, the Golden Eagle replaced with modern shops, all the other buildings are there to make up the old Stratton Street. Georges Hall now stands in front of Turners,now Midland Bank. Cars and lorries have replaced horse transport, but you can still see cyclists and pedestrians.