Hadleigh Butchers

My memories

Websters Butchers from Hadleigh Postcard Memories
Bob Nichols
Billy Pasfield on the left, then Bernard Adams and Mr Gallacher on the right.  
Bernard Adams (uncle of Ross Chestney)

I commenced work for Crussels as a Saturday boy when I was 11 years of age (1945) which was during the rationing era, and I think I received 2 shillings (10p) per week.

As far as I can remember Crussels remained there for about a year after I started and then they sold out to a Mr White (sorry I can’t remember his initials) and he stayed for approximately 2 years, and that was when Mr Gallacher purchased the business.   Mr Gallacher was in the Merchant Navy during the war, employed as a ship’s butcher.

Adjoining Castle Lane there were a row of buildings which were originally an abattoir, but they were not in use at the time I was there, so they must have been used before the second world war.

Mr & Mrs Gallacher had 2 daughters.  Elizabeth, who married one of the Stibbard family (undertakers) and Susan, whom I last remember as Mrs S Laysell of Raymonds Drive Thundersley.  It is many years since I have had contact with either of them.

The second picture is a photo of Gallacher’s Butchers shop similar to the one in the book, but with Billy Pasfield, myself and Mr Gallacher in the mid-1950s.

{Ed: For more local postcard views, see Hadleigh Postcard Memories; the view is even better in a beautifully crisp picture on Page 20}

Another view is here; with more information in the comments.

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