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Midland Street

Monday February 17 2014


From the photo gallery Barnsley - Blast From The Past




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Reply Posted by Malcolm on Wednesday February 19 2014 at 22:37
Taken I suspect on the same day as the previous photo, this shows how many relatively "new" shops existed on the r/hand side of Midland Street - completed in during 1974 and demolished c.2007(?). The coach I believe belongs to Aldham Coaches, Wombwell, who operated stage-carriage services briefly during the late '80s following de-regulation of bus servcies in October '87, I suspect they ceased trading altogether during the mid-late '90s.

Reply Posted by stephanie on Saturday February 22 2014 at 13:08
I worked at the Minerva coffee lounge for 20 yrs ...started as a Saturday girl aged 14...many happy memories n worked with some lovely people. ..

Reply Posted by Paddy by on Saturday February 22 2014 at 13:12
Should zv stayed like that.

Reply Posted by Justice on Saturday February 22 2014 at 13:24
I remember it well! Brings back a lot of memories of being dragged around town by my mum. I hated shopping at the time. How times have changed. Thank you for posting! :)

Reply Posted by Dawn Sykes on Saturday February 22 2014 at 13:30
I worked in the Minerva after leaving school, Stephanie wasn't it you who cut your hand on a knife in the sink when the pot wash wasn't working?

Reply Posted by stephanie on Saturday February 22 2014 at 13:37
Hi dawn ...yes it was ...wow ...still got the scar on my thumb....

Reply Posted by Andy Brook on Saturday February 22 2014 at 13:39
I think the coach is chippie Row,there were two newsagents on Midland Street and a coffee shop but can't remember there names??

Reply Posted by stephanie on Saturday February 22 2014 at 13:49
Coffee shop wss Minerva...paper shop was Haigh bros...

Reply Posted by Jack on Saturday February 22 2014 at 15:46
Cousins cafe was across rd from minerva. I was engaged to a lass by the name of Sheena who worked in there 35 years ago. I worked for Yorkshire Traction.

Reply Posted by Stephanie on Saturday February 22 2014 at 13:51
Four cousins cafe was across rd from minerva

Reply Posted by Margaret on Saturday February 22 2014 at 14:03
oh to go back to those days and those of the old market and its characters

Reply Posted by Margaret on Saturday February 22 2014 at 14:16
Any pics please of The Cross Keys cos I lived there from 1968 til it closed in 1972

Reply Posted by martin on Saturday February 22 2014 at 15:47
i remember it before that and the old bus station. silvers dry cleaners,finlays tobacconists, bus station cafe ,booking office and denies with trains running on the top

Reply Posted by mo on Saturday February 22 2014 at 16:30
i remember the old bus station I'm sure it was better that the present one

Reply Posted by Catherine swain on Saturday February 22 2014 at 15:48
I can remember when the market was on the left hand side before the pub and council buildings were built. I used to like standing and watching Joe Edwards on his pot stall. There used to b some steep steps from Eldon street down into the market and Midland street.

Reply Posted by jayne on Saturday February 22 2014 at 15:49
hagenbachs also had a shop and cafe

Reply Posted by tarn mark on Saturday February 22 2014 at 16:07
did someone get squashed between 2 bus's on that street(many years ago)

Reply Posted by inmyopinion on Saturday February 22 2014 at 16:50
yes there was, a lady, i think the bus was a Mk2 national 241 maybe just outside don millars

Reply Posted by graham on Saturday February 22 2014 at 16:15
used to go in cousins cafe after working on markets on fri /sat back in early 70s

Reply Posted by Chris morris on Saturday February 22 2014 at 16:20
We used cousins snack bar in the 60s now all you get is tropical fish !!

Reply Posted by Claire frost on Saturday February 22 2014 at 19:30
Pub I grew up in on the left the South Yorkshireman then Groggers rest my dad had it from 1980-2003

Reply Posted by graham on Sunday February 23 2014 at 22:23
my wifes brother wilf used to work there sadly no longer with us he worked at shambles before that

Reply Posted by hally1297 on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 21:19
He was a good landlord Tony

Reply Posted by Trevor Dyson on Sunday February 23 2014 at 07:12
Lovely memories. It's a case of "be careful what you wish for". People used to complain about the old bus station. Now we all wish it was still like that.33 years ago i worked at Foster Menswear, which was where this pic is taken from. Nice pic, thanks for posting x

Reply Posted by Amanda on Sunday February 23 2014 at 08:03
Aww I remember all this... I used to work in Lloyd's Chemist when I was 15.. My god that's 25 years ago!!!! How things change...

Reply Posted by dawn hutchinson nee nortcliffe on Tuesday February 25 2014 at 15:46
I worked at don millers when it first opened and for the first 3 Saturday's I had to walk up and down the bus station giving samples of bread away....wearing and orange head scarf and pinney!!! I was mortified!! I was born a brigger as was my mum and all her family..we lived in Henry St then with my nan on Shields Ave before moving to Ward Green where mum and dad still are. I left Barnsley when I was 17 but go back and visit all my family who still live in Birdwell and Wombwell. I have seen Barnsley change massively over the years and love looking at old photos as they bring back such lovely memories.

Reply Posted by cath on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 08:52
Don millers for a cheese and bacon pasty

Reply Posted by Collet on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 10:24
Just look how clean and tidy it looks,abit different from today with rubbish all over the place,it looks more what Barnsley used to look like,before mr Houghton took over.

Reply Posted by Julie on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 11:07
I worked at Leslie Frances when it was up Eldon Arcade and some of the girls used to send out to the Minerva for there lovely frothy coffee there was also a Steak House upstairs that was owned by a Greek man called Nikki.

Reply Posted by Lisa on Thursday February 27 2014 at 09:19
Awe, Minerva. Proper memories of being dragged thru at high speed for the Poggy bus (2p) by my Mum. My sister Tina worked at Leslie Frances and used to bring us Don Miller buns home on Sat as a treat. Happy days :)

Reply Posted by Bernard Johnson on Tuesday July 22 2014 at 09:43
The coach is a Aldham coach 35 seater I drove it 1993 six months

Reply Posted by Joanne on Sunday December 4 2016 at 16:07
What was the name of the shop on the corner next to don millers