Council / Auction Room / Salvation Army Hall
As of March 2001, the building which was used as
Stainforth Town Council Office has been sold and is now an Auction
This building has played a major role in the last
forty years or more of Stainforth's History.
In the 1960's the building was used by the Salvation Army. Meetings
were held there every Sunday evening, and on Sunday mornings many
Stainforth children attended the Sunday School there
The last ten years has seen the building in a state of
severe neglect, before much needed restoration and repairs were carried
out to make it suitable to be used for the Council Office. The building
has been used as a polling station for several elections, for both local
and national Government.
The "Wet Fish Shop"
If you look at the photograph
above the Info link you will see a house which is situated next door to
the Council Office / Auction Room. For many years this building was a
shop which sold fresh fish and sea food and was known to Stainforth residents
as "The Wet Fish Shop"
Shops such as this are sorely lacking in Stainforth and one must travel
to a major supermarket, the nearest of which is Tesco at Edenthorpe, or
even to Doncaster Market in order to buy fresh seafood.
The third shop in the photograph has also closed since
the photograph was taken. Videoworld was a video rental store which bought-out
the previous video rental store situated there.
Prior to being a video library, the premises has also been a self service
launderette and before that, a supermarket.
One has to use the term "supermarket" here in it's loosest sense.
This was at a time when the American idea of fast self service stores
was only just being accepted by the British public. The earliest "supermarkets"
were simply the same shops as before, but which now gave customers the
option of trundling around the very limited floor space with a tiny shopping
trolley or a wire basket. Some of the first shops in Stainforth to adopt
this idea were totally unsuitable, either because of their size or because
of the floor layout. I remember one store called Plumtree's, also on Station
Road but now just a patch of bare ground and rubble, which had a step
half way along the shop. This meant that only the lower section was used
as a "supermarket", while the upper section still had the fresh
and cooked meat counter that had been a traditional part of shops before
the advent of the supermarket.
A fact worthy of note though is that Plumtree's and many of Stainforth's
other "supermarkets" offered a home delivery service forty years
ago, an idea which is only just being put into practice again by today's
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