Letter: Shops prior to big stores

According to a 1939 Kelly's Directory of Bridlington, the town once flourished with business.
According to a 1939 Kelly's Directory of Bridlington, the town once flourished with business.

Re the closure of Marks & Spencer: I own a 1939 Kelly’s Directory of Bridlington, which lists all the businesses in the town.

It shows that on King Street, Chapel Street, Cliff Street and Prince Street there were a total of four tobacconists, two hairdressers, five confectioners, stationers, two fancy goods shops, five outfitters, four drapers (Carltons), four chemists (one of which was Boots), three butchers, costumiers, four cafés, four shoe shops, two wine and spirit merchants (Oustons), three solicitors, two accountants, public house, dressmaker, two dyers, two wireless dealers, wallpaper merchant, milliner, four grocers, newsagents (Garlands), dairyman, florist, baker, two wool shops, estate agents, coal merchant, watchmaker, turf accountant, vacuum cleaner dealer, model boat builder, fried fish dealer, ice cream parlour (Notrianni’s), Brigham’s Photographer, Britannia Garage and two tailors – one being Burton's.

There was Woolworths, Marks & Spencer, and Hull Co-operative Society.

There was one public house, two churches, the library, Victoria Sailors Working Men’s Club and five banks.

This list does not take into account other streets in the town centre or Quay Road, Hilderthorpe Road or High Street where there were a considerable number of shops and businesses.

There was also numerous shops and businesses in the streets away from the town centre such as Brett Street and Horsforth Avenue – to name just two.

My own recollection of my teenage years in the 1950s is that Bridlington town centre was thriving with shops selling a large range of goods.

In 1939 the population of Bridlington was around 19,700 and many of the housing estates we take for granted were not built.

Liz Watson

Darwin Road
Bridlington