When cars didn’t rule the road

Bridge Street, Worksop c1920
Bridge Street, Worksop c1920

THIS week’s trip down Memory Lane takes us back to Worksop in the 1920s.

This is Bridge Street in what is believed to be 1920, when cars were taxed locally according to horsepower.

Cars were clearly still a rare luxury as the picture shows.

The cheapest annual licence was £2.2.0d for vehicles not exceeding six-and-a-half horsepower.

The most expensive was £42 for motors over 60hp.

There was also an annual licence fee of fifteen shillings for ‘male servants’. This was for any male servant employed to drive a motor car.

Bicycles were obviously a cheaper alternative to a car, and there are several seen here.

Our picture shows off the best of the Bridge Street architecture too, with Barclays Bank to the front left and another bank on the right of the picture, looking particularly grand.

The row of shops on the left all appear to have awnings above them and there is a Boots sign, testament to the longevity of the chemist company which remains on Worksop’s Bridge Street today.

A policeman stands on a square in the middle of the crossroads directing traffic, despite the cars being few and far between.

It was an era when men wore hats and the group on the right are all wearing flat caps.

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