Kayes Self Service

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Kayes Self Service

Mansfield Museum

Ladybrook

By Liz Weston

Does anyone know where this shop was?

I had a quick drive round yesterday but couldn't see it.

This page was added on 07/03/2013.
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Hi Liz, It's at the corner of Jenkins Avenue and Armstrong Road - very much still there, I think it's a 'Premier Convenience Store' now (but was known as the 'VG' when 'I were a lad') Regards Darren

By Darren Turner
On 07/03/2013

It's the junction with Armstrong Rd and Jenkins Ave. I remember some 50 years ago my mother saving with their Christmas club, some good it did us, as with many such schemes, it went west with the organiser, just before payout day!

By Berisford Jones
On 07/03/2013

That's great. Thanks for this. I will have to take a drive up there to take a look.

By Liz Weston
On 08/03/2013

Hello Liz, It is situated as Berisford and Darron have said, but much has changed over the years.The shop opened in 1963. It was built by the Council to serve the large population of the estate, in addition to the precinct that was built on Ladybrook Lane. The houses to the north of the estate it was felt, required an additional shop for their needs. The shop was a rented property, and as I have previously said on another page, to be called a Supermarket, a store has to be of a certain square footage, therefore, Kay's Shop had to be a Self Service Store. The young Mr Kaye and his family lived in the flat over the shop. Before taking over the shop, Mr. Kaye junior used to travel round the streets with an old converted single decker bus selling greengrocery's.

 I also drove through the Ladybrook Estate on my recent visit to the old town. I could not recognise the old place. I have noticed through my life experiences, that when an area is inundated with traffic humps, as I found out on my visit to the Ladybrook Estate no one wishes to visit or reside. I would hate to drive through the estate every day.

 

By alan curtis
On 10/03/2013

The last of the family of the Kaye's , Mrs Edith May Kaye passed away on the 22/2/13.The Kaye family ran the shop from it's opening in 1963, which did include William and Gladys' the Mayor and Mayoress (In office from 1964 to 1965). Mr William John Kaye (son, died 2005), Jane, daughter of Edith and William, (died 2006 ).

By alan curtis
On 18/03/2013

It's called D&D Premier now, the shop is still there but the entrance is slightly different.

By Carolyn Harris
On 18/03/2013

Remember this shop very well and was a regular stop off on the way back from the 'top field'. Anyone remember the mobile chip shop which stood on the green opposite. Called 'Brian's' I think.

By Gary Evans
On 09/04/2013

I used to work there in 1971- 72 until miners strike and they had to let me go

By gail bodak ( nee daws)
On 22/07/2013

I have just found this site (thanks to Christina White of MDC). I was born on Somersall St in 1953. Mum and Dad moved onto Lees Ave. shortly afterwards. Lees Ave. was still under construction at the time they told me. We lived there throughout so I remember Kayes Corner pretty well. I don't remember Mr Kaye Jnr selling groceries from a single decker bus but I do remember Mr Sowter and Mr Place both doing so. I think Mr Place lived at the brow of Somersall St (at that time it was partly a dirt road from there on to Townroe Drive. I think Mr Sowter lived somewhere close to the petrol station on Ladybrook Lane. Happy New Year everybody. Carl.

By Carl
On 06/01/2014

My dad Malcolm (Mac) worked for Sowters, driving back and forth between wherever the bus was and the warehouse on Somersall St, restocking items as they were running out. I used to go with him in the Sowters small van; can't quite remember the make-might have been a Thames? I do remember it being a 'buff' colour though. I also remember the chip van at the end of Birks Road. Often used to queue there for a fish and mix. A lot cheaper than today though!

By Steve Shetliffe
On 12/02/2014

Sowters lived on Hardy Place then Oakdale Road,I think they lived up Ladybrook backside of Ladybrook Pub,they parked the bus up there.

They had 3 lads if my memory is true Brian,Terry and ?

By fred newton
On 22/02/2015

Gosh! I remember this shop so well.  As a child I used to be sent with my sister to Kaye's shop for bread & milk from our home in Bailey Crescent.  We used to feel so grown up to be going to the shop on our own!   

By Maureen Hebblewhite
On 20/04/2015

I remember Kayes shop, used to go in on way to school every day, I lived in Stone Crescent and I also remember the mobile chip van!!!! Haven't been to Ladybrook for a number of years now as I live in Kent ,

By Elaine Phillips
On 05/06/2015

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