High Street, Eccleshall

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Date:1982

Description:View looking towards the Castle Street and Stafford Street crossroads. On the left is London House, built 1717. The building just past the telegraph pole is the library, built on the site of Joseph Durrad's book and print shop.

On the right is the Royal Oak Inn, one of Eccleshall's two coaching inns on the London to Chester road (the other is the King's Arms on Stafford Street). With the advent of the railway the landlord compensated for the decline of his business by running an omnibus service, collecting passengers from trains arriving at Norton Bridge.

In the 1860s the Royal Oak had become a commercial hotel, and in the 1890s landlord Henry Milward had set up a funeral and furniture removal business. Perhaps the Royal Oak's greatest claim to fame is that it was owned by Geoff Hurst, scorer of a hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup Final, who played for Stoke City F.C. from 1972 to 1975.

The second inn sign on the right belongs to the Crown Inn. On what today is the inn's car park were cowsheds and stables for travellers' horses.


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1890s
Page Boy and Flower Girl, Eccleshall,
Page Boy and Flower Girl, Eccleshall,

1910s
Mrs Dean outside her Sweet Shop, Eccleshall,
Mrs Dean outside her Sweet Shop, Eccleshall,

Mrs 'Granny' Dean's shop was on High Street and sold a variety of goods, including ...

1940s
Women's Land Army Girl, Eccleshall,
Women's Land Army Girl, Eccleshall,

The WLA began during the First World War to help combat food shortages and fill ...

1980s
Market Hall, Eccleshall,
Market Hall, Eccleshall,

This building on High Street was the Market Hall (built in 1884) which replaced ...

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Image courtesy of: Eccleshall Library

Donor ref:Eccleshall Lib. No., 60, img: 1961 (18/2405)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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