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1939 Advert for Schaefers Chemists at 9 High Street.

Since Rishton became a developed town with the advent of the industrial revolution, there have been only 3 chemists shops in the town.

Number 9 High Street in June 1987.

Number 9 High Street was one of these. In 1935 this chemist was being run by J. W. Edmundson & Co., Ltd., situated on the corner of Henry Street and High Street, this was originally the Post Office prior to it moving to the corner of High Street and George Street.

Jim Schaefer tells me that Smith owned it next, Douglas Schaefer working for him while attending Manchester University to obtain a chemist degree. This he duly did, and just prior to the outbreak of the 2nd World War, bought the chemist shop at number 9 and worked there with his father.

By 1947 J. W. Longland had bought the shop, I am told that he bought both chemist shops during the war, and was also the proprietor of  numbers 53 and 55, which by now had been reduced to a double fronted shop, 57 having become a confectioners. Douglas Schaefer had sold the shop through illness, but after recovering from this carried on working for J. W. Longland. Douglas died in 1965, aged just 55 years old.

1939 Advert for Longlands Chemist at 53-55 High Street. 53 - 55 High Street in May 2001.

Numbers 53 to 57 was originally built as a chemist shop. Situated next to the Walmsley arms, in 1935 this shop was being run by Robinson. 1935 saw just 2 chemists listed as businesses.

Robinsons Chemist Bottle

One interesting thing to note is that in 1947, and again four years later in 1951, number 94 High Street was being used as a chemist store. For which chemist is unknown. This was next to Romers.

1947 and again 4 years later, also saw J. Pickup living at 55 Blackburn Road, and W. A. Holborn at number 26, who were both also chemist, although W. A. Holborn had moved out of the town by 1951. Weather they worked in Rishton is unknown.

69 Cliffe Street saw F. Birch residing there. He was a works or factory chemist, as was R. Bingham at number 3 Dorset Road. Both of these were in 1947 and 1951.

Round about 1995 a new chemist shop opened in the town at number 40? High Street, which is still running in 2009.

References

Jim and Diane Schaffer, George Street.

Barrett's Directories.