The Start

George Fleming the creator of our walk shows you our starting point at the post box on the Greencroft. | John Palmer
George Fleming the creator of our walk shows you our starting point at the post box on the Greencroft.
John Palmer
Greencroft Street, decorated for the Coronation 1953
Greencroft Street, decorated for the Coronation 1953
Mary Smith,The Little Junk Shop, The Greencroft
The Start. Mary Smith recalls an amusing joke Jim played at the Little Junk Shop. (MP3 audio clip)

Our starting point is by the red post box, on the Greencroft, opposite the entrance to Salt Lane and The Cafe on the Park.

In the 1970s, The Café On The Park  was ‘The Little Junk Shop’ owned by Jim and Mary Smith.

Jim was also the author and illustrator of the ‘The Frog Band’  – a series of children’s books still available today.

Jim’s widow recalls an amusing joke Jim played on the local children.  Listen to the audio clip on the right of the page or on the MP3 file from the downloads page.

Just opposite the post box to our left are the premises of Salisbury Printing.  They are built in what was once a distinctive local style.  Note the use of flint (the local rock) in the building material. Originally this building was a malting, where barley was turned into malt for the brewing of ale and beer.

If you look at any old map of Salisbury you will find them everywhere – there’s even a major shopping precinct called ‘The Maltings’, just off the City Centre. And, as we’ll see on this walk, there were once plenty of pubs in which to swallow the finished product.

‘Salisbury is a city of pigs, pubs and parsons’  Old Local Saying

The allusion to pigs is a reference to Salisbury’s reputation as a livestock market and the prominence of Wiltshire ham as a by-product.

Comments about this page

  • We have a treasured map of Wiltshire purchased from the Little Junk Shop in about 1974. It was printed by C. and I. Greenwood from a survey in 1820. We were very excited to find it!

    By Mary Parker (22/08/2014)

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