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Missing piece in a jigsaw puzzle.

Wallace's proud boast was that they were The People's Grocers.

For years they stood at the corner of Bridge Street on the Lockwood Bar junction until the building was demolished in a road-widening scheme.

Margaret Hirst, of Meltham, found this old photograph on the box of a jigsaw puzzle she bought from a charity shop for 50p.

"I thought it looked familiar," she says, "and checked with a photograph of the old Lockwood junction in the Examiner and realised it was the same shop."

Jigsaws come in all shapes and sizes but this was a first - an old local black and white photograph from Huddersfield.

"All the pieces were there," says Margaret.

It was one of the Edwardian Collection produced by Handley Printers of Stockport, one of Europe's leading puzzle makers.

Margaret has checked the shop prices with a magnifying glass. Do you fancy a 2lb jar of Fig and Rhubarb jam for 5d?

The windows were certainly well stocked and what about the meats hanging up outside?

"I'll bet they didn't worry about sell-by dates back then," she says.

The year - if it is indeed an Edwardian photograph - would be between 1901 and 1910. Margaret wonders who were the proud grocers standing out front, and whether their relatives still live in Huddersfield.

Does anybody know?
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 18, 2006
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