Calling all budding young writers
So what’s the challenge……
It’s super simple.
We have looked back into history and over 150 years ago we know that Old Bolsover Yard was once a butcher’s yard and the Coffee Cup Café was once a butcher’s shop. It has also been other types of workplaces too from a doctors’ surgery to a hairdressers to a taxi firm’s office.
Your challenge is to write about the people who may have lived and worked here. Be as imaginative as you like. To help you, we have given you some information as a starting point.
From the Victorian times to the present day: The stories of Old Bolsover Yard
We know when he was born and where, but how did he become a butcher?
We know that the butchers shop remained until 1974, but who were the people who ran it up to then?
What happened to the butchers shop after 1974 up to today?
1870s - 1871: George Adsetts living at No.2 Castle Street. Farmer and innkeeper’ 1871: Elizabeth Wood and daughter living at No.4 Castle Street. She was a shopkeeper and her daughter was a dressmaker.
1880s - 1881: No. 2 occupied by Benjamin Glossop and family. He was a miner.
1881: No. 4 : Joshua Shacklock and family living here. He was a farmer and his son, Abraham, 24, was a butcher.
1890s - 1891: No. 2: Abraham Shacklock and family living here. Possibly the first butcher known to occupy No. 2 1891: No.4 : George Revill and family living here. George was a boot and shoe dealer.
1900s - 1901: 2 Castle Street : George Mason and his family living here. He was a butcher. 1901: 4 Castle Street: Richard Palmer was living here. He was a butcher. [1901: Howard (16 years old) is living with his father at Castle Inn, Station Road, Bolsover.]
1910s - 1911: Richard Palmer is living at time of census at No.2 Castle Street –a butcher 1911: Howard (now 26 years old) was a butcher. We are not sure where, could it be at 2 Castle Street? 1912: Robert Foster, butcher at 2 Castle Street (Kelly’s Directory) 1915: Howard bought butchers from Robert Foster
1920s - 1923: Advert in Official Guide to Bolsover (Urban District Council).
We know that Howard Knighton owned the butchers at 2 Castle Street
1930s - 1949 - 1932: Howard Knighton listed in Kelly’s Directory as butcher at 2 Castle Street and was still there in 1941. 1945: Howard’s daughter, Marion, married Raymond Carus Davis (RAF Warrant Officer Pilot) . The Knightons and the Davis’ united by marriage
1950s - 1950: Stan Davis owned the butcher’s shop 1955/56: The Fidler family moved in; Mr Norman Fidler took over butchers under Co op ownership What happened to No 4 Castle Street? It was next to No 2 but would have stood where the gates into the Yard now are. No. 4 was demolished in the 1950s
1960s - Fidlers continued as butchers at 2 Castle Street still under Co op ownership, with Norman’s son, Norman Jr, also joining his father in the business. 1962: Howard Knighton died in July
1970s - 1974: butchers finally closed. Norman Fidler Jr was the last butcher here. He was also the last President of the Bolsover Butchers Association. Mid 1970s, 2 Castle Street turned into offices – Moody and Woolley solicitors to 1981
1980s - 1981: the solicitors’ offices were converted to a doctors’ surgery 1987: doctors’ surgery to hairdressers
1990s - We are not sure how long No 2 was a hairdressers
2000s - 2008: Taxi firm – Castle Cars. 2009: change of use from offices to café. Since then to the present day, No 2 Castle Street remains a café
Age categories and prizes
8-11: Winners Prize - £20 Usborne Book Bundle
11+: Winners Prize - £20 Usborne Book Bundle
Thank you to Jennica Books who will be supplying us with our prize bundles
How to enter
1. Create your short story (50 words maximum)
2. Email your completed submission to firstname.lastname@example.org (please get your adult to do this including your name, number, parents permission to enter and their contact number)
3. Deadline for submissions is 12th April 2021
4. The winners will be announced w/c 19th April 2021 via Old Bolsover Yard social media pages - Instagram and Facebook!