In August 2023, 43 Station Street, the first building after what was Lloyds Bank, appears to be vacant. There was a “To Let” sign up. Based on Google, it may have been empty in April 2023 although there is a list of airports in the window, perhaps implying that the premises were, at some point, a taxi company. Indeed, a number of different taxi companies have been based there. These included A2B Cars from August 2009 to August 2018, Arrow Cars in March 2019, Oasis 750 Taxis in August 2021 and DG Taxis in March 2022. In both September 2020 and October 2008, the premises looked empty.
In 1941 and 1942, number 43 was occupied by Thomas Smith, a tobacconist. He was also there in 1928. Smiths tobac/sweets appears on Jacques’ List of Station Street retailers circa 1920-1940.
In her book(let) “I Also Remember“, Edith Searson refers to this shop as Jolly’s Tobacconist. She notes that it was a well-established business that was later taken on by Tom Smith, assisted by his wife. Their son Jack and his wife Kay kept it on until they retired. I assume that Jack and Kay were the John and Kathleen Smith living at number 43 in 1939, It then became a jewellery business under the Smiths of Sutton. At the time she was writing, the premises were occupied by Mr Morris as a pet shop.
William Frederick Jolly
William Frederick Jolly was a tobacconist between at least 1891 and 1921. He lived in Mansfield. He was born in 1862 and he died on 2 March 1924. I am not entirely sure when he had his business in Station Street. But, based on electoral registers, it may have been around 1923. However, that register does not record the house number but the entry appears to relate to 45 Station Street. Prior to this, he appears to have had a number of businesses in Mansfield.
In a discussion on Kirkby Living Memory Facebook Group, a number of contributors recalled this jeweller, including David Meredith. Roberta Knight remembered buying many pairs of earrings, necklaces and watches from there. She also got her eternity ring there. Helen Potter noted buying several items from them including an amethyst and diamond pendant which she still wears. Christine Evans did not recall buying jewellery there but she noted that, “I went in often to browse as I had a crush on the owner’s son who worked there!”
Bet-Bet Phillips recalled that there had been a jeweller there but she did not recall the name as she did not use it. She knew Smith’s jewellers in Sutton. She recalled that Phillip Smith played football for Bentinck Methodists before doing his national service in 1950.
Residents of 43 Station Street
In 1939, John and Kathleen G Smith were living at number 43. He was described as a colliery electrician and she was described as a tobacconist and confectioner. In 1921, there was no-one listed at 43 Station Street.
In 1911, John H and Betsy H Wilson were living at 43 Station Street. They had a servant Ada Piggott (b1894) with them. John is listed as a colliery bank contractor and Betsy as a tobacconist. In 1901, they were also living there although Betsy’s name is given as Bessy Ann. He was listed as a colliery banksman. Living with them was their niece, Sarah Ann Greaves. In 1891, they were listed as living in Station Street. Her name was given as Betsy A. His occupation was tobacconist. John Hodgkinson Wilson was listed in the 1898 Kelly’s Directory. He was born in 1860 and died in 1938.