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Remembering Nunnery Lane

Fri, January 29 2021 @ 7.30 pm

Our first Zoom talk of 2021 will be Susan Major, highlighting our new research about the old shops and pubs on Nunnery Lane on 29 January, at 7.30pm.

The shops on Nunnery Lane emerged as early as the 1840s, then known as New York St, selling basic commodities to the working class, such as grocers, greengrocers and butchers, for a rapidly developing area. The peak of trading was reached in the first thirty years of the 20th century, with as many as fifty shops here. Eventually though, by the 1960s, it all started to change. Redevelopment destroyed the corner shops in the side streets and gradually closed the shops and pubs on Nunnery Lane. These have now either been turned into houses, or into service businesses, such as hairdressers, dentists and takeaways.

Before lockdown, the History Group was using the Trafalgar Bay pub on Nunnery Lane as a local history hub, thanks to Sarah and Phil there. This reflects the Cygnet Group in the early 1990s, who used to meet at the old Cygnet pub and produced the publication Down Nunnery Lane.

Susan’s talk will feature a number of fascinating details, such as an old press report, renowned sculptor, pictures from old shops in the 50s and 60s, Guppy’s Enterprise Club, and more.

Anyone interested can join our history group for £5, plus £5 to access five local history talks during 2021, including the first one about old Nunnery Lane. Alternatively non-members can access these at £3 per talk. Details of how to pay and get your Zoom talk invitation are at the website below.


Fri Jan 29
7.30 pm
£3 – £5
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