4. Local Work Opportunities

Pam Wall

This photograph shows the Invicta Leather Works in 1966.
With kind permission of Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum © Salisbury Museum
This photo of Goddards Garage was labelled as Milford Street by the Museum, but we think it is St Edmund Church Street.
With kind permission of Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum © Salisbury Museum
Milford Street and the corner of Brown Street ?1960s.
Photo courtesy of Chas H Baker and Sons
Fosters Bakery at carnival time. It was a thriving business loved by all the locals.
Courtesy David Ralph

During his school years, Ken had part-time jobs with some of the local businesses:

“I used to do a paper-round in the evenin’, for Mr. Noyce which was a newspaper shop down Winchester Street; on a Saturday night I used to have to go down there with me father to get the football paper. Everybody queued up for this football paper that come out about seven o’clock. You didn’t have telly in the early days to get yer football results so you had to get this paper. In the morning I did the milk round, for Mr Maple, round in St. Edmund’s Church Street …. well there’s a milk bar in those days and a dairy at the back, Maple’s Dairy, and I used to do the milk round. I used to go out twice on me bike with a crate on the front of the bike. I quite enjoyed that except in the winter it was jolly cold with these milk bottles and one or two did slip out yer ‘and. ‘Oh dear. Damn.’ Then on a Saturday morning used to go round with Mr. Maple and we used to collect all the money”.

There were a lot of businesses in the local streets then:

“Me father…. worked up at the leather works, up Payne’s Hill….and me mother used to do the teas up there, she was in the canteen. Me father was in charge of all the maintenance. A very big cathedral-like building to a certain extent. Daniels, that run it. They had that family business there, and they had one in Northampton because there’s big shoe manufacturers in Northampton. And they had another one just round the back of Waterloo Station somewhere, ‘cos I know my father used to … go to London for weeks on end sometimes to this other factory to do maintenance work. They used to do the tanning there (at the Invicta Works), had these big pits where all these big sheets of leather.. cowshides, I s’pose, used to be sort of dipped in. Used to do a lot of crocodile up there. I remember that because me Dad used to get some …. when he went to Northampton, used to get the people up there to make the shoes and me mother always had nice crocodile shoes an’ handbags (The factory) was very smelly and dirty, but employed a lot of people.

You can read more about the Invicta Leather Works here.

You know there’s a lot of people employed all around that area. You ‘ad dairies up the back of Culver Street, which employed a lot of people, plus all the little businesses all around. And garages. At the top of Winchester Street we had Goddards which was the Austin people. Where the road and the bridge is now you ‘ad Collett’s garage before they moved back down into town”.


The photographs shown here depict just a handful of the businesses that existed in the St Edmund’s area.

Comments about this page

  • Why did Goddard not buy and knock down 1 Albert Terrace, I now own one of the three flats that it has been converted to,and am in the process of giving the building TLC,my curiosity has the better of me, hopefully you can shed some light on this beautiful little house,,thank you,,

    By LyndonMason (08/05/2018)
  • Ken, it bought back many memories reading your latest on the Milford Street Bridge Project site, you took over my bicycle milk-round at Maples in October 1956 when I left Salisbury to enlist in the Royal Air Force. Both my elder brother and twin sister assisted Gilb. Maple over the years on various rounds. It was not only a cold job in the winter but it took great skill controlling that cycle with a full crate of milk in icy conditions. There was also a dairy in Salt Lane (Hales?) at the same time I believe, premises later taken over by the Chettleburgh’s.

    It is also very interesting to see the old photograph of Goddards Garage, it was definitely taken in St. Edmunds Church St. (there was also an entrance in Winchester Street), why I know this for certain, is that the first of the four terraced houses pictured to the right of the garage was my childhood home, known as Albert Terrace. The house still exists to this day cushioned between more modern accommodation, no longer nr. 1 as it was at that time. The iron gate to the back entrance and the railings on the front wall were not there in my time, we were led to beleive they were cut down to help the war effort in the 1940’s! The four houses were occupied by familes Usher, Lever, Paddock and an excentric couple whose name was Davis or Davies.

    John Usher, Oslo, Norway

    By John Usher (20/01/2015)

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