3. Walking Greencroft Street
The Barley Mow
The first building you’ll see on your right is a square-built, two storey structure, originally the Barley Mow Public House. Along with the Greencroft, this was once one of the focal points of life in a lively community. The Barley Mow is one of England’s traditional pub names and this was very much the ‘local’ for the people who lived around here. The Barley Mow thrived from the 1830s to the 1960s. Sadly, it has now gone the way of hundreds of other British pubs – a victim of changing social habits and retail competition.
Ken Edwards remembers an anecdote about the Barley Mow. Listen to his audio clip at the right of the page or on your downloaded MP3 file from the Downloads page.
Clarence Court used to be the premises of the Salisbury Timber Company, a noisy and quite dangerous hive of activity, where children sometimes sneaked in to forage spare scraps of timber for firewood.
Jan Truckle remembers:
‘Next to the Methodist Church was the Salisbury Timber Company and there was a just a high noise all the time… it was like a whirring noise until they closed at night. And it was just part of our life.’
Steamrollers and Spuds
No. 37 Greencroft Street was the home of Joe Ackerman, driver of Salisbury’s steam road roller. The steam road roller was a prominent machine in the days before tarmacking, when most of the streets were of tightly impacted gravel and needed continual refurbishing.
In 1912, Joe and his wife Fanny had two sons Frank and Albert who lived in Southampton with their young families. They were both stewards on the Atlantic passenger liners. Sadly, they both died with the Titanic’.
At the end of Greencroft Street and the junction of Winchester Street, go to the corner on the left hand side. Do not cross the road. You are now going to explore the top of Winchester Street towards the Ring Road end.