Great photo Nicolas.. such nostalgia..and what a hustling bustling place it was back then,
The brick wall on the right would have been the front part of the match works... and the lovely
architecture of the Mission Hall still stands, thank goodness, the interior of that building is very unusual and very ornate, just beautiful!
The next block up, shop with lighthouse sign outside was the tea rooms, also had painted sign for hot pies and drinks, upstairs rooms were for ladies dinning only!!
This particular block of shops later became another place of worship, Walkers Mission, which after a time, became a sewing factory!
The road seems to have one set of tramlines running along the centre, must be due to the narrowing of the road..
My memories of Linacre Rd- (Sturler's cheque shop, Army & Navy Stores, Tolls ladies wear,
Jewellers, corner of Longfield Rd, the Chinese Chippy that caught fire after being hit by lightening, and the dreadful crash about sixty years ago when a lorry came off the road, crashing into shop fronts killing four people, one being the owner of the Greek Chippy))
So much history surrounding Linacre Rd.....reason being, purposely built close to factories, wood yards, tannery, canals, railways, transport links to everywhere!!
Such an important little road in those day's, but hairdressers, off-licences and takeaways now seem to have taken over, (can't see any of them leaving lasting memories))))