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Burton Grove nos. 2, 4, Burton Road no. 4


Burton Grove nos. 2, 4, Burton Road no. 4
Description:
11th October 1967 Looking from Burton Road, on the left is Burton Grove with numbers 4 and 2. Moving right onto Burton Road, 4 is the 'Cockburn Tuck Shop' business of A. Gifford. Burton Terrace is on the right. This was opposite Cockburn High School.

User Comments:

Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Well, I never thought that I'd see " Ye Olde Tuck Shoppe " again. I was at Cockburn from 1949 to through 1954. During the early 1950's, we still had rationing of various commodities. One of them was chocolate, which was very scarce, and often almost impossible to find. One day, very shortly after sweet rationing had been lifted, word went around that the Tuck Shop had some in, and that lunch-time, ( if I remember rightly, we weren't allowed to leave the school grounds during morning or afternoon breaks ), was the first time that I ever bought any. Large slabs of it were on display, totally uncovered, in the shop window. To me it was the most disgusting thing I had ever tasted. It wasn't what we would recognize today as chocolate. To me it tasted something like a cross between soap and cooking chocolate. There was, if my memory serves me correctly, on the opposite side of the road, but at the Dewsbury Road end, a greengrocer's, and it was here that most of us saw our first ever bananas. They were very small, about the size of fingers, and they were called Canary Bananas. Does anyone remember those? Prior to that, we all had to make do with something that was shaped similar to a banana, but flat, dark, nearly black in colour, and full of seeds. They were called 'locust fruit', ( I think that's how it's spelt.) I wonder how kids of today would react, if sweets and chocolate suddenly went back onto ration, and were nigh impossible to buy?

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
By way of an addendum, it may be worth noting that all the houses and streets on this side of the road have disappeared. A rather large police-station and a small grassed area range down that side of what is now left of Burton Road. I would imagine that the expression "grassed area" is quite appropriate, being, as it is, so close to the police-station. Even the Wesleyan Chapel, that stood on Dewsbury Road, at the end of Burton Road, has gone and been replaced by a small super-market.

Email:
Graham Scho@AOL.com

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Name:
BillyBritvic

Comment:
I was at Cockburn 1968-72 and remember the tuck shop with fondness. Mr and Mrs Gifford were very nice people, I hated it when Jock Stannard opened "Chiefs" shop on the opposite diaganal corner, he took a lot of business off the tuck shop and was nop way near as friendly. I remember the different sized glasses that you could get your pop in, my favourite was getting a thrupenny cider and a doughnut. happy days.

Date:
26-Aug-2011

Email:
karenbillyls10@hotmail.com

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Name:
John Parrish

Comment:
I was at Cockburn 1955-60 and remember Giffords, although I rarely used it. This was probably because Burton Road was on the opposite side of the school from the boys large playground. There was, I recall, another confectionary shop situated on Dewsbury Road but backing on to the the narrow street at the side of this playground. We watched test match cricket there at lunchtime in the summer on a TV facing the street! I am sorry this excellent school and its surroundings have disappeared.

Date:
23-Sep-2011

Email:
john.parrish@live.co.uk

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Name:
Frances Hainsworth (nee West)

Comment:
I remember it well...Mr. & Mrs. Gifford were so friendly , used to spend ages in there with one small drink and they never seemed to mind. Oh happy days.

Date:
22-Nov-2012

Email:
fghainsworth@gmail.com

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Name:
Revd Malcolm W. Bristow

Comment:
I remember well Annie Gifford, a kind and gracious lady, missed her husband dearly when he died, but said she never once felt lonely since she had God with her 24 hours a day. Annie was a faithful member of St Peter's Church, Hunslet Moor, a lovely Christian and so gentle

Date:
06-Jul-2015

Email:
malcolm.bristow@ntlworld.com

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