Packmoor in the year of our Lord 1912.
Our village is next door to Newchapel and Turnhurst is just along the road are Chell and Tunstall.
As you can imagine because we are surrounded by fields there are a few farms.
Thomas Downes is at Lane End and James Lovatt is at Bent House farm.
Our principal businesses are as follows.
We have just the one butcher, David Austin.
James Barker, John Booth Junior, Peter Grael, Joseph Knight, Joseph Smith, William James Smith and Dan Winser are all shopkeepers.
John Billington and Thomas Goodwin Simpson are our newsagents, more and more people are learning to read and write so newspapers are becoming very popular.
John Booth Senior is a draper and Miss Eva Stonier is a dressmaker.
Representing the building trade we have George Collins the bricklayer and William Finnemore the painter.
William Burton is the owner of the fried fish shop and Elijah Sproston describes himself as a general dealer.
Frederick Farr and Miss Frances Lovatt are both beer retailers.
There is one in every village and ours is Enos Sambrook the insurance agent, he calls every week for your penny premiums without fail.
Frederick Scragg is the coal dealer and William Smith a carter.
The men get a short back and sides from Harry Sherwin the hairdresser.
Amos Whitley is always ready to repair your shoes, boots and clogs.
Amos Lovatt is a grocer and also the runs the post office.
Letters are received there at 9-55 am and 7-00 pm,
The Packmoor Reading Room has Robert Wright as its secretary.
We are only a small village but we think that we have a good selection of businesses to cater for our needs.
We do not have a doctor here but there are 3 or 4 in Kidsgrove who we can call on if need be, unfortunately doctors cost money so we don’t go dashing off there needlessly.
The children go to school in Newchapel.
This link is to the Leicester University trade directory archives, please feel free to browse, there is no charge.
When I came across Enos Sambrook’s Christian name I thought that it may have been a spelling mistake.
So I used our very good friend Google and found that Enos is a very old name and means simply, man, it is derived from the Hebrew language.
I couldn’t find out when the Dog & Partridge was built and it isn’t included in the trade directory which I used for this research.
I would have thought that the building itself was there around 1912 but it doesn’t appear to have been a pub at that time.
If anyone knows of any history regarding the pub could you please enlighten us.