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My Mom and Dad sold shop in Lye to Clifford the Cobbler

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: December 28, 2013

Upper High Street, Lye, around the turn of the 20th century

Upper High Street, Lye, around the turn of the 20th century

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RE the photo of Upper High Street, Lye, in The Bugle (December 5 edition).

The buildings, left to right, are Sankey's antique shop, barber's shop name unknown, gents' outfitters?, Mom and Dad's shop i.e. Mr and Mrs Grigg, long deceased, Trickers chemist and the Unitarian Church.

Mom and Dad bought the shop in 1945/46. My sister Mary Powell (nee Grigg) was born there in December 1946.

Number 62 High Street, Lye, was a general store. Opposite was the Vine public house, closed down and only used as a dwelling for Mrs Leadbetter. Next was the New Inn's public house, owned I believe, by Mr Stan Bradley.

My husband of 50 years, Cyril, who died three years ago, used to play his accordion at weekends when we were courting.

Next was Louie Attwell's shop and general store that seemed to be run from her front room.

Back up the High Street, opposite the church, was Mrs Jukes' shop, which was garden supplies run from the front room. Dad used to send me to fetch the Sports Argus from her shop. Mom and Dad sold the shop (date unknown) to Clifford, the cobbler, not certain if that was his Christian or surname. They continued to live at the back of the shop till they moved to Pedmore Fields Estate in 1960.

I got married from 62 High Street, Lye, in June 1959. I am now 75 years old and my brother James Grigg 71 years old. My sister Mary Powell (nee Grigg) is 67 years old. We all lived on the premises until we moved on.

Mrs Yvonne Laskey,

(nee Grigg),

91 Queens Way, Bewdley.

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