Sadly V S Cycles shop in Bradford Road is no longer with us. But it is good to see the empty shop taken over, given a make over and is now the Brighouse offices of Harrington's Family Solicitors.
Too many towns have so many empty shops these days but here in Brighouse whilst we do lose some of our town centre traders for a number of reasons the vacant empty shop is soon occupied and another new business opens.
Welcome to Harrington's the new name on the high street.
Regular travellers through Hipperholme crossroads in recent weeks will have noticed the work being carried out at the former motorcycle shop on the corner. Whilst the new signage was being erected the bad weather started and left part of the old sign exposed just for a few days.
These premises had the initials WHB and the date 1898 at the front corner of the property.These embossed initails have gone now being exposed to the bad wether for so long on this corner but careful scrutiny and being mindful of the traffic the feint lettering can just be made out. Before it was the Hipperholme branch of the Halifax Co-op it was Northend's Drapers shop. I believe the co-op moved in when Northend's closed.
This photograph shows the corner when Northend's held this prime location. The lettering on the first floor above the ground floor shop doorway is quite clear on this photograph. The tramcar tells us that this was taken after 1904. The first tramcar from the extended tramway from Stump Cross through Hipperholme and onwards to the new terminus in Brighouse outside the George Hotel completed that first journey in February 1904.
A walk on Bethel Street this last week and shoppers cannot have failed to see the bright cheery colourful shop front the owners of the latest new ladies fashion shop which has just been opened. Congratualtions to the owners and I am sure we all wish them every success with their new business.
Most Brighouse town centre shoppers will be familiar with M & A Locks in Bradford Road, the company that has been sorting our door locks and security hardware for just about 30 years. The recent bad weather caused significant damage to a number of shops signs. This photograph just shows how bad the wind and rain has been.
The M & A lock sign was brought down with the bad weather and exposed just for a few days a glimpse into the shop's past. The name of Seaton's, the owners of the shop back in the 1950s. This photograph from 1956 display's the same sign. The parade passing the shop shows the Mayor Alderman Harry Edwards who was the Brighouse mayor for 1956 and 1957. He is accompanied by his wife who was the mayoress.
Seaton's shop is the one next up to the barbers shop which has the electric babers pole outside.