Halma Clayton's on New Street

Clayton’s Dressmakers was located on the left-hand side of New Street as you enter the town over the bridge. This image dates from the late 1920s and shows the Claytons’ staff in the shop doorway called Poppie Martin, Halma Clayton, and Kitty Denby (later Simpson).

Poppie and Kitty lived in Temple Hirst and cycled to and from Selby each day and earned 8 shillings per week. That is 7 miles each way and £40 a week in today’s money.

At the time of this photograph, on New Street ‘Bleshells’ butcher’s shop was on one side of Clayton’s and Mr W Noble, a tailor and hatter, on the other side. Across the road, Jackie Kilburn had his hairdressing shop.

Story and Image from Selby Times – Bygone Days Number 545