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Thursday, 02 July 2015

Village had gasworks and rail station chief

ASKAM still retains a range of shops and services but they can’t compare with what was on offer 100 years ago.

These samples of what you could get in the village come from a 1912 edition of Bulmer’s History, Topography and
Directory of Furness and Cartmel.

At 83 Duke Street you would find the Askam Drug Stores where Alfred Jackson was the proprietor and Samuel Rigg was the manager.

Also in Duke Street was William Atkinson the butcher and Watson Bassnett the boot and clog maker.

Henry Beck was the foreman at Askam waterworks while Thomas Ormandy, of School Street, was caretaker of the Harlock and Poaka Beck reservoirs.

Askam also had a gasworks and John Lloyd, of Duddon Road, was the manager.

Henry Dunn was the resident police sergeant at the Duke Street police station and George Jones, of Duddon Road, was the Wesleyan choirmaster.

William Edwin Brown was headmaster at the Victoria Council Schools and lived in Duddon Road.

At John Street was Harry Burt the coal merchant and carter while George Holmes ran an off-licence in Crossley Street.

Askam station still has a signal box but in 1912 it also had a stationmaster, goods and mineral agent called Henry James Cole.

Margaret Cook was a stationer and postmistress at 13 Duke Street. The village post was taken out by William Dixon.

Benjamin Cross was a bootmaker and George Clark was a fruiterer and fish merchant, both on Duke Street.

Janet Crawley was a victualler at the London Horse, on Duddon Road.


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