53-55 High Street

  • 1975 when Gostick's food shop
  • 1998 when the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust
  • 2018
  • 1977 when Telford TV, as shown in the 1977 Jubilee booklet
  • Date not known, probably pre 1970s
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1 old photo and 2 photos one taken in 1975 and one in 1998 showing changes from Gostick's food shop (later owned and run by Percy Blake and Mary Blake as well as their shop on the site of the Old Chequers 113.115 High Street) to Telford TV owner by G B Griffiths, and then to the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust. It is now (2018) two houses. Before Gostick took over this shop, anyway by 1926, it had been a grocery and bakery business run by Fowler. After Gostick, it was Telford TV, then Annie's Kitchens, before becoming the Anthony Nolan Trust. In 2018, the address is 53-55 High Street, there is no number 51 High Street.

Comparison between the 1935 and 1985 photos shows clearly that the two earlier buildings had been considerably adapted and shortened (by some 3.75 metres) in order to facilitate the widening of Holloway Road, as per the planning application drawing for Gostick Stores of the buildings previously 51-53 High Street (now 53 High Street) believed to be from 1972. This clearly shows the extent of the previous buildings and that the carriageway width (including pavements) was originally half what is has since become. The new building only had one chimney at the east end. In 2000, the ground floor was vacant, but the upstairs consisted of 4 poor-quality rooms in a single flat, occupied by Tamsin Ingle. The earthquake at Dudley in 2000 dislodged the window overlooking Holloway Road. In 2003, a new owner bought this and set out to renovate the first floor. However, the stonework collapsed at the eastern end of the building, as can be seen from the new stonework evident in the 2018 photo. In 2018, a car ran down Station Road out of control and into the building requiring yet more stone repair work. The building is now several flats on two levels.

See 1264 for more photos of 51 and 53 High Street, which explain the foregoing paragraph pictorially.

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