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.