21 NORTH ROAD
Currently Coast to
Coast Fish and Chips
Tinkler Hill drawn by
Ann Sandell, after Thomas Fawcett c 1817
Prior to this short row in North
Road being built from the corner of Hartley Road (Water/Beck Lane), this area at
the northern end of The Green, was known as Tinkler Hill. The house behind 21
North Road is still addressed as 1 Tinkler Hill. At the beginning of the 19th
century as illustrated,
William Hutchinson had a walled and gated yard with workshop on the corner of
Hartley Road also accessed from his house at the back of the plot in the lane
(some of the house wall can still be seen.) William was a wheelwright and
carpenter. To the south of this yard, beyond a small walled garden, were the
town stocks. Anne & Alec Swailes
report that ‘According to Joe Steel, Jos and Nan Swale, two gypsies,
were the last two people to be placed in the stocks but he does not give the
Before leaving the Hutchinsons,
it is interesting to note that William, son of John Hutchinson and grandson of
the aforesaid William Hutchinson, married Elizabeth Loadman, “the girl next
door”, daughter of William Loadman, blacksmith. William the younger
Hutchinson acquired the water powered carding/cotton mill in Hartley Road (Beck
Lane) from the Faraday family and converted it into a sawmill.
Towards the end of the 19th
century, buildings appear on the current alignment, but it is not until the 20th
century that we have any information for the occupants. In 1901,
the Alderson brothers occupied 21 North Road as Saddlers, Boot & Clogg
Makers. George Alderson (b.1865 KS) was a saddler and his brother, Robert
(b.1871 KS) was a clogger. They were the sons of George Alderson (b.1834) and
wife Jane (b.1831). George senior was a saddler with premises in Silver Street
and later in Main Street. George junior died in 1905 and Robert, still a clogger,
is shown as living as a lodger in 1911.
Advert for the saddlers, from Methodist Circuit Magazine 1908
The Tattershall family took over
the premises on 18th May 1929
and turned them into a Fish and Chip Shop, which has remained the main trade to
the present day. By 1939,
number 19 had been incorporated into the ‘Fish & Chips’ business run by
Cecily Bainbridge (b.1907), (possibly a Tattershall daughter) living with her
daughter Aileen Thomas (b.1926). At this time, the attached 1 Tinkler Hill house
was occupied by a maid and domestic servants but there is no information whether
they were involved in the business.
The Peatfield family arrived in
1953 and ran the business for twenty-five years. Son Mark is still
affectionately known as “Chips” and owns the Eden Outdoors shop in Market
Advert from Kirkbu Stephen and Brough Official Guide c1970
Frank Murray spent the next
thirteen years as the proprietor. During this period, the BBC filmed the
‘Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk’ with Alfred W. Wainwright, a regular
visitor coming in for his usual fish and chip supper when walking in the area.
The shop was renamed in his honour, the “Coast to Coast” after his famous
cross country long-distance walk and is still famous as a pilgrimage site for
followers. Amanda Owen, known as the ‘The Yorkshire Shepherdess’, whose
famous farm, Ravenseat is on the route, is also a regular customer. Even Sir
Vince Cable, popped in for lunch when he was Secretary of State for Business,
Innovation and Skills (2010-2015).
Alfred Wainwright and
Eric Robson OBE.
The ‘Coast to Coast’
information board provides the information: ‘Mil and Graham Pollit took
over and happily stayed for another twelve years. Known as a pleasant couple
that made the shop a huge part of their lives.’
Paul Richardson purchased the
business in June 2003. In September 2008, the BBC returned with Julia Bradbury
for the remake ‘Wainwright Walks: Coast to Coast’ following in Alfred
Wainwright’s footsteps. The shop has also gone through some major changes
which include disabled access, an extended restaurant and new menu items ranging
from pizza to kebabs but never altering from traditional fresh fish and chips.
Frying tonight are David and
Sharron Simpson who arrived in July 2018.
ANDERSON Anne M.A. & SWAILES Alec, Kirkby Stephen, Titus Wilson
& Son Ltd., 1985. p.75-6
ANDERSON Anne M.A. & SWAILES Alec, Kirkby
Stephen, Titus Wilson & Son Ltd., 1985. p.42-43
Mark Peatfield family tree.
1901 Census Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland.
1911 Census Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland.
1939 Census, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland.
Further information provided by Sharron Simpson.
Links to other Kirkby Stephen Blue Plaques