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Photograph courtesy of Lenton Local History Society

Photograph by Shane McHugh - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Photograph by Shane McHugh - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Peter Holland took this photograph looking along Hart Street towards Lenton Boulevard in 1978. The properties at the far end of the terrace were demolished in the early 1980s and a new building erected in their place.

Photograph of Hart Street showing what it looked like in July 2000.

Close-up of one of the properties on Hart Street taken in July 2000

Photograph by Shane McHugh - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Close-up of one of the properties on Hart Street taken in July 2000


John Churchill (lived at No.19 Hart Street 1943 to 1963)

In Joan Slote's memories, listed below, she mentions a cake shop on the corner of Hart Street and Lenton Boulevard. This cake/bakery shop on the corner was actually Diamonds, who had a young son. Next to the bakers, on Lenton Boulevard, was Grice's greengrocers, then Sykes the fishmongers and Mitchell's hardware shop and finally the Liberal Club on the corner of Osmaston Street. The 'Dorothy' Joan Slote mentioned, who had the sweet shop opposite Diamonds was Dorothy Davies. She and her husband had a young lad called Kenny. I believe they all moved to Lytham St Anne's in the early fifties. There were two spinster ladies at No.17, Miss Mitchell and Miss Statham, who virtually ran the Baptist Church located at the top of Church Street almost opposite the Monty Hinds Boys Club on the corner of Willoughby Street. The Alexanders lived across from Deavins' off licence. I remember well the Foxs taxis and Birley and Ralph Taylor across from us. Next door to us down our entry was Mrs Locke and her son John Locke who was a few years older than me.

Susan Brooks

I am Susan Brooks née Fox and grew up at 8 Hart Street. My parents were Frank and Phyllis Fox who ran the taxi service mentioned by Joan Slote (see Lenton Boulevard webpage). I lived at No.8 from 1946, when I was born, until 1964 when I went off to University. I can also add that my uncle and aunt, Birley and Winifred Fox, lived at No.12. Various people lived next door at No.6. I would love to know the names of the two unmarried ladies who lived there in the late 40s and early 50s. I do recall that Arthur and Rose Bee lived there in the late 50s/early 60s. On the other side of us at No.10 were the Kane family who originally came from Jamaica. Mrs. Kane later opened a hairdressing business on Castle Boulevard. The Taylor family who had two boys, Ralph and Brian, lived at about No.20. Opposite them lived two elderly spinsters whose names I cannot remember. Across from Deavin's shop at the top of the street was a house that in earlier times had also been a shop. At the time of the Coronation in 1953 we had a party in their front room for all of the neighbourhood children. The Dimon's had a son, Richard, and the shop was known as Dickie Dimon's, named after the father or the grandfather - I'm not sure which.

Joan Slote (nee Stevenson)

On the corner of Hart Street at the junction with Lenton Boulevard in the late 1940s was a sweet shop run by someone who I can only remember as Dorothy. She used to let us have sweets on next month s ration coupons if we had used up the current month s allocation too quickly which was very kind of her! Across the road on the other corner with Lenton Boulevard was Dimon s cake and bread shop. A few doors further along Hart Street on the same side as Dimon s shop were the Churchill family and the Pollard family whose children went to school with me. Another family who lived on Hart Street were the Fox family and Mr Fox ran a taxi business. They had a sign advertising their taxi service on the outside of their property which can be seen in the first photograph shown in this page. At the other end of the street was an off-licence and it was run, I think, by a Mrs Deavin. Perhaps someone can correct me if I've got this wrong.

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