Gaol Square, Stafford

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Date:1916 - 1928 (c.)

Description:A postcard view of the Gaol Square, Stafford square showing the Singer Sewing Centre, the Mecca sweet shop and The Jap Co., household furnishers.

The four-dial clock, with drinking fountain below, was presented by George Bruckshaw in 1916, to celebrate his fifty years residence in Stafford. It replaced the third lamp which crowned the Sidney Fountain (erected in 1889 by the widow of Thomas Sidney, a Stafford man who became Lord Mayor of London, 1853-1854). The drinking fountain was destroyed in 1928 when a motor van ran into it, but the clock was later restored and mounted on a new post near to its original site.

The large building on the right is the Methodist New Connexion Church, built in 1848 on Gaol Road. To its left can just be seen the entrance and lodge house of the County Asylum.


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1880s
Samson statue from the Sidney Fountain, Stafford
Samson statue from the Sidney Fountain, Stafford

This cast iron statue of Samson stood on top of the drinking fountain erected on ...

1950s
Sign from The Elephant and Castle public house, Stafford
Sign from The Elephant and Castle public house, Stafford

The Elephant and Castle public house stood at 7 Gaol Square, Stafford. The building ...

1970s
The Tiko Bake Shop and Coffee House, Sheridan Centre, Stafford
The Tiko Bake Shop and Coffee House, Sheridan Centre, Stafford

The Tiko Bake Shop and Coffee House formed part of the Sheridan Centre which was ...

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Image courtesy of: Mr John Davies

Donor ref:P2017.008.0236 (37/38776)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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