This picture was sent to us by one of our readers and when I saw it I realised straight away that I had completely forgotten about this local builder’s yard which I had passed many times over the years.
The picture was taken in 1985 and it is the former Hamilton Building Supplies which was owned by Bob Sainsbury and he owned this business right up until 2005 when he sadly died. The house that you see in the picture was owned by Bob and his mothers before him.
The yard was situated behind Equis ice-cream parlour and the building on the left was a blacksmith owned by Jimmy Ferry. Later it was used as the petrol station, Gulf then Shell and at the top of the picture was the old bus garage and council yard.
After Bob Sainsbury died the old sandstone house and yards were cleared away to make way for the new road and Carpark at Peacock Cross.
Can you remember Robert Sainsbury’s builders yard? Share your memories, we would also like to see a picture of the old bus garage and council yard, if you have any, then we would like to see them, please feel free to share them with us.