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Some Earlier Memories of Scholes

From the Barwicker No.101
March 2011

I was born in the village of Scholes in the 1930s and have seen many changes over the years. The content of this article is confined to some of the everyday needs of the local people which were delivered to the village by foot, bicycle, horse and cart and van in the 1930s-50s (inclusive). Food was an essential basic need and local produce was available from various sources within the village.

Milk - this was delivered daily, via horse and cart, from Goodall’s Farm on the A64 and Wetherall’s Farm in the centre of the village. Initially all the milk was dispensed from a churn with the use of a ladle. Subsequently bottled milk, a real luxury, was supplied by motorised transport from Goodalls, The Co-op and Craven Dairies.

Bread/Confectionery - this was available from 2 village bakeries, E.K. Brooke at the top end of Scholes and from Benny Taylor’s at the bottom end. Taylor also provided a delivery service.

Butcher - For a brief period in the 1930s meat was sold from a temporary wooden building which was sited diagonally opposite the Barley Corn Inn. However it was not until the late 1950s that a butcher’s shop was opened in Scholes by Brian Kershaw. In the intervening years villagers were dependant upon local deliveries by van by Mr Hague from Barwick, Armitage & Wright from Leeds, The Co-op in Albion Street, Leeds and Hemingways Pork Butchers from Cross Gates.

Wet Fish - one day each week this was brought to the door by a Mr Hannam who cycled from Barwick.

Fish and Chips - these were sold from a motorbike and sidecar, on one night only each week from the forecourt of the Barley Corn Inn. Portions were pre-wrapped in a newspaper covering. In later years a number of mobile fish and chip vans appeared.

Fruit and Vegetables - over a number of years these were delivered by horse and cart from Goodall’s Farm at Barwick(on the corner of Long Lane); ‘Old Tom’ Fosters from Barnbow Lane and later by M.C.Wood of Barwick with his travelling shop. His nickname was ‘The Midnight Grocer’ because he worked so late.

Groceries - E.K. Brooke, the Co-op from Cross Gates both delivered by van. Frogatt’s from a shop next to the Barleycorn), Walkers (followed by many successors) were situated opposite the old Council Offices in Station Road and M.C. Wood.

Sweets - originally available from Mrs Horton at a very small shop (now a private residence) which was opposite the doctors’ surgery in Main Street. The grocery shops mentioned above also sold sweets.

Ice Cream - in the early days this was not readily available and was regarded as a luxury. Walls ‘Stop Me and Buy One’ tricycle and the ‘Eldorado’ tricycle were eagerly awaited and they appeared at irregular intervals. The Coronation Tree island was sometime used as a sales pitch for the vendors.

Mineral Waters - in the 1950s a large lorry appeared conveying a variety of coloured fizzy drinks under the trade name Penguin.

Public Houses originally the only licenced premises was the Barleycorn Inn purveying beer (including home brew) but in 1933 a spirit licence was obtained. Outsales were popular and were obtainable at a counter which opened at the side of the inn.

Doctors - Dr Bean and Dr Shires had a surgery on Main Street.

District Nurse - Nurse Byewater from Barwick.

Laundry and Dry Cleaning - The Co-op and Hygenic

Hairdresser - originally in the wooden shack opposite the Barleycorn Inn. Later she was transferred to a house on Badger Terrace opposite the Church.

Post Office - situated in a house in the terrace opposite The Barleycorn Inn. It then moved to Crick's wool shop at the bottom of Belle Vue Estate, Main Street. There was also a postbox on the platform of the 8pm bus to Leeds.

Dressmakers - Miss Calvert, Morwick Terrace and Miss Dimpleby on Station Road.

Corsetiere - ‘Spirella’ Corsets, Mrs Hunter, Leeds Road.

Library - In the corridor of the school with limited availability.

Newspapers - E.K. Brooke, Mr Speak from Barwick, Mr Fields who used the Coronation Tree island as his sorting area. He subsequently owned a hut and then a shop on Station Road. He delivered his papers by bicycle.

Villagers were also provided with other services i.e. coalmen (the coal was sourced from Scholes Station Yard); chimney sweeps; painters and decorators; a cobbler; plumbers; electricians; joiners; insurance men; agricultural services in the form of Joss Armitage’s threshing machine,;window cleaners who arrived on a tandem bike; rag and bone men; gypsies and various vendors with suitcases full of assorted goods.

There were three garages on the A64 and also one on the site of Green Court, Station Road, and one on Barwick Road.

Transport - Buses were run by the Red, White and Blue bus service from Aberford and later by the West Yorkshire Road Car Co. Trains by L.N.E.R and taxi by Frogatt’s of Main Street.

In succeeding years public and private transport has enabled villagers to source supplies and services from further afield and now there is much reduced dependency on local providers.


Having lived in the village of Scholes all their lives, Evelyn and her husband Alan, are a mine of information about life there in the past. Thank you Evelyn for putting pen to paper and telling us what the village was like in the mid-1900s. This information will be of great benefit to local historians in the future.
If there is anyone living in Barwick who would like to write a similar article we would be very pleased to receive it.

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