The building on the corner is 88-90 Station Street and now is the location of a convenience store Daily. It has been there since at least August 2021. From August 2018 to March 2019, the property looked as if it had been refurbished and it was available “To Let“. Up until at least April 2017, the property housed Barclays Bank.
When I first looked into this matter, I thought I found evidence on Google that that a company called Byard Enterprises had been based in the corner premises from 2016. However, when I look now, I can find no evidence of this. In addition, in 2016, Barclays still occupied the premises. Nevertheless, Byard Enterprises were once based at 88-90 Station Street although they have since been liquidated. Perhaps they were based in part of the premises while Barclays were still there and/or perhaps they occupied the premises in the period between when Barclays closed and when Daily opened.
Department Store One
There is a photo of this building showing the logo of Department Store One on Annesley OC Heritage Extra Facebook page. However, there is a note there saying that it never opened as this.
Linking Byard Enterprises and Department Store One
Based on an advert posted on Kirkby-in-Ashfield People Facebook Group in 2019, It appears that Byard Enterprises were the parent company for Department Store One.
Barclays Bank occupied 90 Station Street from at least 1928. They were also based there in both 1941 and 1942. Barclays appears on Jacques’ List of Station Street retailers circa 1920-1940.
Photographs of Barclays
There is an excellent photograph of a postcard of this in David Ottewell’s book “Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Annesley on Old Picture Postcards” (#14). Part of this same photo appears in “Kirkby A People’s History” by Kirkby Volunteer Centre (p22). This photo appears on the Kirkby-in-Ashfield Facebook Group.
In the photo I have from the 1950 official guide, signs for Barclays Bank are visible on the corner property.
Memories of Barclays Bank
Barclays is also mentioned by Mark Ashfield in “Christmas Pigs and a Summer Donkey” (p26). Edith Searson, in her book(let) “I Also Remember“, does not specifically mention Barclays although she does mention “Bank corner” as she passes from Station Street into Kingsway.
In a Facebook comment, Christina Rowe noted living above Barclays in the 1960s. Her parents were caretakers there.
Residents of Bank House
In 1939, Herbert and Elizabeth Booth were recorded as living at Bank House in Station Street with their son Samuel (b1915). Samuel was a lorry driver for wholesale fruit and Herbert was a collier, a banksman. Herbert was also part of the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS). No-one was recorded as living at Bank House or 88-90 Station Street in 1911 or 1921.
In 1901, Nathaniel J and Alice Barratt were listed as living at 88 Station Street with their daughter Alice Lillian (b1897). Nathaniel was a grocer’s manager.