Chapel Street

A Gallery of Photographs

While the South side of Chapel Street remains largely unchanged, apart from the disappearance of Watchorn’s shop, some of the Northern side has been rebuilt. We are lucky to have old photographs showing the original buildings. We are told these show the celebrations for the coronation of Edward V11 and can be dated to 1901. Singleton’s, the carriers, advertises ‘broughams, waggonettes and brakes’ for hire. Later photographs by Ted Rayson also show the buildings before demolition. Further along the North side of Chapel Street, the old bakery, the terrace of Victorian houses and Dyer’s cottage survive. The deeds to Dyer’s cottage reveal a complicated history of ownership and inheritance. The property once included Wright’s, later Redford’s Yard, which was the village Poorhouse or Workhouse until it was sold to Dr Wright in 1828. Redford’s Yard was also photographed by Ted Rayson before demolition. At one time there were several yards like this in Bottesford.

Can anyone add information about any of these shops or buildings, or share any memories? Can anyone identify any of the people?

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This page was added on 19/03/2007.

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  • My parents owned the Old Bakery at 1 Chapel Street from 82-87. Some very happy memories of living in that house. We were responsible for demolishing the old outbuildings which had been used for housing goats and shipping out the massive quantities of well rotted goat manure! When we built the garage we unearthed a deep brick built well which had been covered loosely by a stone slab which had subsequently cracked in the middle which had been just below the grass where we had been playing months earlier. We also found a trove of old bottles, many of which were marked Grantham and Nottingham which are still on display in my Dad’s house today.

    By Tom Amos (05/06/2016)

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