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Sunday, 1 June 2008

The Clock Shop


"The Clock Shop" is a well-known landmark on the corner of Downing Street and busy Newmarket Road in Ashton under Lyne. It does not, as far as I know, sell clocks, but does sell groceries and videos as well as being a newsagent and an off licence. I should explain for our overseas visitors that a newsagent sells newspapers, magazines, etc. and an off licence sells alcohol for consumption off the premises - i.e. cans of beer, bottles of wine or spirits, etc to take home.

The shop has always been known as "The Clock Shop" because it used to have a large clock above the entrance, where the sign is now. Sadly, the clock was broken by vandals and never replaced. Fortunately, the name has been retained as a reminder of its past. It is a nice, quirky touch to have a Clock Shop with no clock!

Let's celebrate June's Theme Day of "Corner Shops" by having two bites at the cherry!

Below is another photo of the corner shop at the junction of Kings Road and Ladbrooke Road, which was featured in February. This is perhaps more typical of the many corner shops in Ashton. There were a great many more at one time, but the advent of the supermarket has seen many of them become unprofitable and close.



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18 comments:

  1. I remember the clock shop but never knew how it got the name - strange how names stick past their origins - the Big Lamp at Shaw springs to mind.

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  2. It's almost quaint to retain the name like that, but I'd have walked right past it looking for milk!

    Sunshine Coast Daily - Australia

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  3. There was a time when food prices were fixed. So everything was available locally. We had the grocers, bakers, butchers, greengrocers, newsagents, all of them around the corner. For other times a five to ten minute walk to to the market & Ashton town center and you could get anything you wanted.

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  4. Whooaaa...these photos are like from another time period. Very cool.

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  5. that is such a nice store. It would be a supermarket here!

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  6. i loved the corner shops but alas they are all disappearing as they cant keep up with the supermarkets ,theres a feud going on here just now one man fighting to keep his business open by dropping his prices but he wont win ,it seems an impossible uphill battle for him ,theres hundreds of supermarkets and still more being built ,i think the corner shops will all go to the dogs ,and its a pity ..but its the way of life now and we have to move with the times ,,

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  7. We would call that a grocery store...nice shot...too bad about the clock, though.

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  8. Wonderful story and image. Too bad the clock was broken and not replaced.

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  9. Maybe as the price of petrol keeps rising, people won't drive to the supermarkets and start walking to the corner again! Well, I can dream...

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  10. Great story to read and a nice picture to ponder. Great theme day post.

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  11. Hee hee, that is quite confusing to someone new in town, looking for a clock shop!

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  12. The original store front was pale green vitrolite in art/nouveau style.This stuff was renowned for breaking so it's understandable why it was replaced.
    jaywit

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  13. It is a great name and one of the few examples I've seen today of what I would know as local corner shop. Very
    nostalgic, both images. Ieresting post all round.

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  14. Clocks - that's an unusual corner shop!

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  15. RuthSouthWales8 June 2008 at 09:34

    I remember the clock shop very well. I would get the number 5 bus home from Ashton (lived on Penrith Avenue so I could cut through past the pig slaughter house). I understood from older family members that the "Clock shop" got it's name because of the clock. Not sure when the shop was built, (or rebuilt) but not everyone owned a pocket or wrist watch, or even had a clock in their house. So, similar to the clock houses that were in Droylsden, people on Newmarket Road or Downing street could look across to the shop and know what time it was. Would be interesting to know if anyone can find out about the age of the shop.

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  16. Was it not the number 32 that was driving past the old clock shop??

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  17. Ann from Downing Grove21 February 2011 at 05:47

    I lived in Downing Grove in the early 1950's to 1960 - just after the houses were built - my family was one of the first to live there - right across from the croft. Downing Grove is now Platting Grove off of Downing street. The corner store was then know as Tyson's - it had the clock but was not called the clock shop. I remember the shop and clock vividly and the way it smelled - lovely. I would go there on errands to pick up a loaf of bread or can of peas etc. My mother did most all of her shopping on Ashton Market but occasionally we would run out of stuff and off I would go down the street just a short distance to pick up the needed item - I was between the ages of 5 and 11. We left there for Droylsden when I was 11 because I went to Manor Road secondary school for girls and both my brothers attended Littlemoss boys. I attended Christ Church Juniors from 5 to 11 now known as Cannon Burrows. I used to walk down the street past the Taunton (sp) church on my way to the Daisy Nook fair. The church had a pantomine one year and they used my large dolls for a skit - I had identical dolls except for the color - one black and one white - ha the memories.

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