|Haslingden Cattle Fair in Higher Deardengate in 1905|
A blog about Haslingden’s “Meat” trade from at least the 1950's up to today 2014 (Butchers) with a few earlier records as well. Most of the Butchers in our area closed down during the 80's and 90's with very few surviving up to the millenium, the demise was primarily due to the onset of local Supermarket shopping, and this was the trend throughout the country.
(Any slaughterhouse notes will be older and prior to 1955)
|Sale of prized cow at Market Place near to the Big Lamp|
|Photo of auction mart kindly|
supplied by Brian Smith
The Woolpack Hotel across the road from the auction mart used to stay open and could serve alcohol all day long, even when the old licensing laws forced pubs to shut down at 3pm in the afternoon, the reason was that they held a special licence to sell all day in principle to cater for the many drovers and cattle men who would have come down from the upper hills or travelled far and wide to attend the nearby auction.
|Auction at Bentgate click over to enlarge|
Photo: John Simpson
|Directors of the Auction Mart 1950|
Photo: John Simpson
I can also remember reading and hearing tales about the occasional bull escaping and running riot around the nearby Cricket Ground and terrorizing nearby residents until things were brought under control.
The “Slaughterhouse” (local killed meats)
They also killed at "Sunnyslack Farm" Nr Coldwells,
For meat to fill them early Hollands Pies,
And another one behind the Holden Arms for Brandwoods,
Moorlands Farm on Hassy Old Rd had one as well,
to supply the meat for the hospital.
|This is the only photo I have which shows some of the old slaughterhouse|
|The older stone annexed building shown here was part of the Old Co-op Slaughterhouse up until the 1950's, although there was a further old building attached (now demolished) which came further forward to the front of the photo and this was a canopied area with like I say had the "bullring" fixings in the walls. The building is or was to the rear of the shops on upper higher deardengate almost directly behind the Co-op Buildings and adjacent to the Old Bell Street Works (now demolished 2012). The old Slaughterman's Creed was built into the walls of the old slaughterhouse building. I do remember seeing it, because Roger Kay did have his balloon factory in these buildings and he once showed it to me, I just wish I had taken a photograph at the time. I don't know what will have happened to that now.|
David Walsh has kindly offered further information on this (11th August 2015) and kindly supplied the wording of the Slaughterman's Creed which read as follows:-
"Thine is a task of death,
discharge thy task with mercy.
Let thy blow be swift and sure,
thy victim feel no pain.
A death which thou thyself would ask!
David states: What you now see at the slaughterhouse is nothing like it used to be, although an old town plan shows what it used to be like. The steps at the front were added because when Karrimor took over the building, they carried a new floor level into the building and then, would you believe, painted over the creed! When you enter now, if you can still get in,
where it was is at eye level. It was high inside because rails to hang on cattle were at least 14 ft from floor level and then a bit higher to the ceiling.
|Dobsons Butchers at Rising Bridge|
Down to Two butchers shops there is! (2014)"
Some of the butchers from the past which I can remember supplemented by many contributors who have helped with this blog:
|You can just see Harry Taylors|
butchers on the left corner
There was also a Halal butchers shop on Blackburn Road, next door to Harold Aldersons, Newsagents somewhere around the early to mid sixties.
|The old antiques shop is were|
the Co-op Butchers used to be
"Survived" T.H. Walmsley, then Adamson, then Mead, then Harrison and now D.T. Law, 4- 6 Blackburn Rd. This butchers shop is now a double fronted shop, although originally it was only a single shop (No.6 Blackburn Rd) and was next but one to the "ginnell" by the Black Bull Hotel. The first shop (No.4 Blackburn Road was originally a tobacconist and "Yelloway" coaches to London booking agent called "Fletchers", which much later became a fancy dress shop until more recent years its become part of the D.T. Law Butchers shop.
|Halsteads and Haworths|
butchers on Church St.
Dewhurst Butchers at No.25 on Higher Deardengate 1949 to 1957 approx. - Mr. Edmundson was the Manager, who went on to manage the Accrington shop when the Haslingden one closed. When he retired he actually worked for "Jack's butchers" on a part time basis. Also Neil Pickup worked at Dewhurst. (Today it is still a shop premises - different trade.
|Mr. Tom Halstead|
Halstead's butchers on Church Street, close to the Bird In Hand Pub, this was a very old family butchers which went back several generations. (At one time had their own slaughterhouse to the rear of the premises). I remember being served by Mr. Halstead, and I also knew his son who I think also worked in the shop at one time and was nicknamed "Harry Guinness". It was next door to George Berry's shop and very near also to Whiteside's Cloggers Shop, which could well have been the last place in Haslingden to make clogs.
In the forties and fifties there was a further two butchers on Church Street as well, one of these was operated by Dick Halsteads father.
Mr. Haworth's butchers at the bottom of Church Street (next door to the Trades Club. They had a wooden stable door entrance (where the bottom half of the door was closed, "probably to stop any dogs getting in", and the top half open. Tony used to help at his dad's shop and I think may have eventually taken over the business.
Harry Gorton at the top of Grane Road - Lower Deardengate.
|Advert from 1951 Haslingden|
Andrew Brandwood had the butchers at 287 Grane Road, opposite Gas Street. Later the business was carried on by his son. Then the business was sold to Gardners and then they eventually moved across the road and started up a Frozen Food factory which I think was called Gardners Frozen Foods later to be called Snowking - (now a mini industrial units site). This particular butchers shop did continue in business up until the 1970s/1980s. Besides being the local butchers, this business also doubled up as a Post Office. It is now thought that when Brandwoods had the butchers shop, they also may have had a slaughterhouse at one time behind the Holden Arms pub just further up the road.
In 1928 there was J.W. Hoyle butcher of 38 Manchester Road.
|Butchers on The Parade, Broadway|
Co-op Butchers (No.3) at top of Fields Road, Sykeside
Cant think of anymore, if anyone can come up with anymore please let me know and then I will add them to the list.
|Brawn and Polony (another superb advert from around c1928 sent in by|
Tripe, Cowheels and Trotters (advert from around c1928 kindly sent by Alison May)
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There was Bob Gardners on Blackburn Road, Near Vale Street Bus Stop. This was a general high class grocers as well. But he also specialized in Cooked Hams etc.
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(Thanks to my mate Bill for giving me the initial inspiration for this blog and also for supplying lots of info on the old slaughterhouses and also to John Bedford, John Vizzard, Ian Edmondson, Clifford Hargreaves, Billy Fox, Michael Mullaney, Jackie Ramsbottom, Alison May, Brian Smith, Larry Sagar and John Simpson for help with information on butchers names, photos and other notes)
Received this superb informative email from Michael Mullaney (26th January 2014)
Joan B has kindly sent in a email with the following notes (email received 12th April 2014)
John Mead has kindly sent in a email listing additions for the Meat Blog: (email received 26th April 2014)
Good Evening Brian
Another addition to the butchers list was No. 6 Blackburn Rd which was owned by Tom Adamson (don't know from what date he owned the shop from) but he sold the shop along with No. 2 The Parade (always No.2 as I'm aware) in Helmshore to my Dad Eric Mead in 1971.
My Dad later went on to sell The Parade shop to Jim Taylor 2 or 3 years or so later.
I took over my Dad's shop on Blackburn Rd in 1985 and sold to Mark Harrison in 1987.
I was also an apprentice in Bill Monk shop at 10 Bury Rd from 1976 to 1981.
So I suppose that makes me the common denominator with the only two remaining butchers shops in Haslingden.
Hope these are useful editions to your very interesting blog on Haslingden butchers.
Cheers John Mead
Larry Sagar has kindly sent in a email listing additions for the Meat Blog: (email received 11th August 2014)