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It is still too hot for modelling for me. I looking forward to somewhat less warmer and oppressive (?) weather.

So I worked a little further with my story telling idea.


I have made an appointment with the hotel where I can expose my diorama’s. He have to do a small change at the front of the diorama. This gave me the opportunity to make a picture of a delivery scene in Nice Street.


So a new chapter from “A week in Northall”


Nice Street on Tuesday


Today Arthur has to do some deliveries at Nice Street. Nice Street is one of the shopping streets in this area. With the railway arches behind the houses its characteristic for this part of Northall.


Arthur will first go to Christine Cooper at the Launderette. She opened the Launderette in 1957, in the former butcher shop of John Gibbs, who died after a short illness in 1956. It is a local meeting point where people share their latest news.

Christine this morning is doing the wash for Mrs. Leanne Fincher-Rosenberg and her Teddy boy son Darrel, who live next door on No. 13. Her husband was a plumber and died in WW2 when Darrel was only about five years old. Leanne works on the tea packing floor of Fanshawe Ltd. She starts at 8. am and she finishes at 5.30 pm.




Arthur has to deliver some bulk packages of OMO soap at the launderette. After a short chat he goes to his next costumer.


This is J. Baker’s Café on no. 17. A well-known selling point for cigarettes and ice creams. He also serves good coffee and sandwiches.

Jack Baker and his wife Yvonne started in 1939 this establishment as a Dining Room. In 1955 it is turned into a cafe.



Arthur has to deliver a box of Rowntree's Fruit Gums.

Marian Adderley, the 8 year old daughter of the owner Adderley Glass is going to buy a Walls ice cream in the café of Jack Baker.


In the corner shop on no. 19 Henry Hewitt started in 1935 his photo shop. Henry has closed it down because the shop had outgrown its premises. He moved to Station Road. Darrel Fincher bought here his first second hand Houghton Ensign E29 Roll Film Box Camera. This camera was used by Henry Hewitt’s grandfather. Darrel made this picture of the closed shop.




No 21-22 Nice Street is now the business and house of Mr. John Adderley, the local glass merchant. The merchant workplace is built in 1936.




In front of the back entrance of the glass works Raymond Berryman, a British Railways van driver, has parked his Scammell in Angle Yard. He is delivering wooden box with mirrors for Adderley Glass Works. Mr. Adderley had ordered them by Mawby & King Limited, mirror manufacturers in Leicester for Quintin Nightingale the owner Brimhurst Park Manor, a Grade I listed Jacobean manor house.




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And as always information, opinions and constructive critics are welcome.


Kind regards,


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