Mary-le-Port Street

It wasn’t a very posh street. I remember a big bacon shop there, Dewhurst. It sold all the pig stuff. My mum used to go up on a Saturday and buy a whole piece of streaky bacon and they’d slice it all up for her.

Mary-le-Port Street was a lovely street but it was very narrow.

There was a footbridge going over it for the public to use. I think it possibly joined the shops. The buildings were so close you could shake hands with someone in a building across the street. I can remember an umbrella shop and pork butchers. The shops used to stay open until at least 9 every night.

There was a lovely silk shop called Gosses. I bought some material to make a petticoat to go under my wedding dress there.

See Mary-le-Port on the walking trail