Street Scenes from the Silver Street Area of Dursley

The Silver Street and Bull Pitch areas of town have suffered a decline in more recent times compared with what they once were - a scene replicated throughout the country in many small market towns. At one time Bull Pitch was home to the town's Fire Station and the Victoria Cinema. With the arrival of modern traffic, the narrowness of the streets does not lend itself to easy walking although that shouldn't stop anyone from venturing there. In fact in 2003 there seems to be a slight revival in fortunes with some new shops being opened.

Some of the shops and businesses that could be once be found in this area of town are listed below. (Click on links for company memorabilia).

  Picture Gallery (Click on picture for larger view)
    London & Manchester House, Silver Street
This old building once fronted St. James Church, approximately opposite the building which once housed the old Victoria Cinema. The passage to the right of the picture is where the present day steps (2003) to the church entrance are situated. London & Manchester House was demolished in 1959 in an attempt to open up the area around the Market House.
(c1866 - courtesy Cam & Dursley Camera Club)
    Silver Street
In the immediate foreground on the left is the junction with Boulton Lane. Also visible is Robinson's the Ironmongers.
(c1910 - courtesy Cam & Dursley Camera Club)
    Silver Street in the 1930's
Visible in this view towards the Market House are Phillips (Phillips was an agent for Douglas motor cycles), A.H.Hill and Robinson's. Robinson's had previously been two shops - a grocers and a candlemakers.
(c1930 - courtesy Cam & Dursley Camera Club)
    Silver Street, towards Bull Pitch
Just visible here on the right is the For Sale sign on the old Victoria Cinema. Also in the picture are the shops of Moody, J.Russell (Chemist) and Etheridge (photography).
(1961 - courtesy Cam & Dursley Camera Club)
    The Broadwell
Comparatively little changed when compared with today (2003), this picture shows the water emanating from the natural springs. The medieval building on the right was once The Broadwell Tavern.
(1959 - courtesy Cam & Dursley Camera Club)
    Bull Pitch
This view shows Bull Pitch looking towards the town centre with St. James Church visible in the background. The butcher's shop owned by Charles Hancock was once situated on the site here occupied by the third house from the right.
(1968 - courtesy Cam & Dursley Camera Club)
    Water Street junction
The Forge Cafe is visible here on the right hand side and beyond that the sign of The Star public house. Witness also the scooters, a sure sign of the 60's.
(1968 - courtesy Cam & Dursley Camera Club)