1950s

Cramped conditions

By Jo Spence

Photo:Trewins exterior 1953

Trewins exterior 1953

JLP Archive Collection

Despite restrictions on many goods remaining until well into 1950s Trewins continued to trade in cramped conditions in a shop which was hot in the summer and cold in the winter!

This page was added by Joe Editor on 24/07/2007.
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It was still hot in the summer and cold in the winter when I started at Trewins in 1984. When it was really hot, permission had to be given by the MD before men could remove their jackets and ladies allowed to go bare legged (no tights!)

By Jo Spence
On 29/07/2007

Mr. Yelland (Service Manager) at 11am each day used to go onto the roof of the main building with a "whirling hydrometer", (which looked like a football supporters rattle.)  This was used to measure the temperature and humidity.  If it reached the required temperature the men were permitted to remove their jackets and the ladies  their stockings or tights, allowing a little personal comfort.

By Marion Hudson
On 13/08/2007