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WE begin this week with a series of requests for information from Joanne Pearce of the firm Pearce Recycling.

She contacted Nostalgia earlier this year in a bid to bolster her efforts to record the history of the family firm.

She begins: "I am trying to find out if anyone has a copy of my family tree written about 40 years ago by my great aunt Dolly Pearce (whose real name was Edith).

"She first married John Wright and they had a son called Kenneth who was in the RAF. After he died she married Jim Flitton.

"All worked, I think, in the area. Many of my relatives remember the family tree well but no-one has a copy.

"Also, I am trying to find any stories and photos regarding our family recycling firm which was established in 1869 here in .

"I would greatly appreciate any anecdotes regarding the fruit and poulterers shop called C.H Pearce next to the Clock Tower which was used to cold-store poultry etc for the shop before and after World War One and until about 1923.

"With the shortages of food stuffs during the war it changed to saddlery and tack. It is featured on several local postcards during the years.

"The electrician Harry Smith's wife Janet used to do the account books too. I'd like to hear stories about Old' Josh Pearce who was based in Lower Dagnall Street through to George Street near to Bob Peck the blacksmith.

"What can people tell me about my uncle Edgar Pearce and my father James (Jim) Pearce who ran the scrap metal, textiles and waste paper business. We had accounts offices above Harry Smith's wine bar in Verulam Road, premises with a weighbridge in Albert Street going through to Pageant Road. Cottonmill Lane near Sopwell Nunnery ruins was for overspill from Albert Street and, as mentioned, the Lower Dagnall Street premises. The firm moved to Acrewood Way in 1963 and the buildings were designed by Josh Pearce's son who was the Holywell Hill estate agent and Harry Smith did the wiring."

Call Sally Johnson on if you have any information.


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