Every Thursday Your Herefordshire takes a trip down Memory Lane with local historians.

Last week we took a look at the Shire Hall, this week we’re working with Hereford Focus and Herefordshire History to take a look at Bath Street in Hereford.

Berrows House, Bath Street, looking towards Commercial Road in Hereford in 1962, possibly the site of the 19th century “Working Boys’ Home”

Bath Street has been home to historic courts, a workhouse, county offices and more recently the Magistrates Court, Registry Office and Police Station. It has seen many changes through the centuries – from fallow land outside the city walls, to housing, to use as a bustling commercial part of the city. Now it is mostly used for residential premises, dental surgeries and offices.

 

Lewis Smith Chemist, 75 Bath Street in 1962. Situated on the corner where Bath Street meets Commercial Road
107 Bath Street, Hereford, west side, showing Trevor Williams, Removers and corner of Delacy Street 1962
This was the view from the junction of Kyrle Street looking towards Bath Street in 1991.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both the petrol station and the car sales building (pictured here in 1991) have gone to be replaced mainly by car parking.

Back then, petrol cost 39.5 pence per litre (or £1.80 a gallon). You could also buy ‘leaded’ petrol with a star to indicate it’s grade. With 1 star petrol being the lowest (non road vehicles) 2 star was 92 octane, 3 star 95 octane, 4 star 98 octane and 5 star 101 octane.
In the mid 1980’s, unleaded petrol was seen and the star rating was eventually phased out on most pumps.
There are now far less car sales centres around town and the petrol stations have been reduced with many of the supermarkets now offering fuel.

Again, many thanks to Hereford Focus and Herefordshire History for the use of their work.

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