Great place to grow up
Reading Marion Webb's stories about Christmas Steps I wonder if readers might be interested in my memories of the shops that were there when I was growing up in the 1930s.
Near the top of the Steps was Holliman's, a ladies hairdresser, who also had another shop in the High Street and in Park Row, next to the old Princes Theatre.
Next to Holliman's was a barbers.
A fishmongers, Winters, also had a shop in Colston Street.
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Other traders on the Steps included a bookshop, a violin shop, a sweet shop, a cockle shop and a pub, The Gaiety.
Near to the pub was a grocers owned by Mr Hoddinot, whose daughter kept a shop in Colston Street.
Colston Street itself had a variety of shops.
Starting from the top of the Steps to Johnny Ball lane there was a haberdashers, a dairy, Williams the butchers, Winters wet fish shop, a post office, a cake shop (with two tables and chairs to eat in) Barnes the ironmongers, Dyers newsagents, Giggs, who hired theatrical costumes and Latty the chemists.
These was also a watch and clock repair shop, Allens the greengrocers, yet another butchers and cake shop and then, lastly, Whitehead the grocers.
I found it a very interesting area to grow up in.
M Weeks (nee Page)