Wholesale draperies : Rv shades.
- the selling of goods to merchants; usually in large quantities for resale to consumers
- sweeping: ignoring distinctions; "sweeping generalizations"; "wholesale destruction"
- Sell (goods) in large quantities at low prices to be retailed by others
- Cloth coverings hanging in loose folds
- (drapery) curtain: hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
- (drapery) cloth gracefully draped and arranged in loose folds
- Long curtains of heavy fabric
- The artistic arrangement of clothing in sculpture or painting
- A curtain (sometimes known as a drape, mainly in the United States) is a piece of cloth intended to block or obscure light, or drafts, or water in the case of a shower curtain. Curtains hung over a doorway are known as portieres.
Boldon Store Bill Quay old photo
"Boldon Industrial Cooperative Society Ltd - Pelaw Drapery Branch" - the building still stands in 2008, see other photos in the Bill Quay set. On the right, the Presbyterian (later URC) Chapel. The chapel was demolished in the 1990s, I played the organ for services there a couple of times. In the middle can be seen the Wellfield Terrace Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, also now demolished.
If you were to walk past the Presbyterian Church and head towards the Methodist Chapel one thing you would not see would be the Cooperative Wholesale Society cabinet works, now Stonehills, a very 1930s building. That land was occupied by Cowpath Farm.
Also to be seen in the photo is the level crossing operator's cabin - for there was a railway crossing over Shields Road at this point, for the "dilly wagons", the coal wagons heading for the staithes at Pelaw Main on the river Tyne to load up colliers there. The wagon was gravity operated with a steel cable the length of the line, the weight of the full wagons heading down hill hauling up the empties. My mother told me the cables had been known to snap, and if this happened it could maim or kill any of the line workers unfortunate to get in the way. All you can see now of this vanished railway line, is, as the case for many old railways, the lie of houses, fences and trees.
The land on which the photographer was standing is now Bill Quay Park, laid out as one of the "King George V Playing Fields". 471 of these public facilities were spread across the country as a memorial to the King following the creation of a charity in 1936-7 to run the project. The actual construction was largely carried out from the late 1940s to the early 1960s.. I would guess this photo dates from the 1920s.
Jessie Campbell Janet (known as Jessie) Campbell, nee Black (1827-1907) was born in Cross-Arthurlie, Renfrewshire, the daughter of the owner of a bleaching business. In 1846 she married James Campbell (1823-1902) of Tulliechewan, a principal of the Glasgow wholesale drapery firm J & W Campbell. They had five children, three daughters and two sons.
Jessie Campbell and her husband involved themselves in various social and intellectual movements. However, her main interest was the promotion of higher education of women. In 1868 she proposed that lectures for women be given by professors of the University. The first to respond were John Young, Professor of Natural History, Edward Caird (Moral Philosophy), John Nichol (English Literature), and Robert Grant (Astronomy). These lectures, given in the University and the Corporation galleries were very successful and continued until 1877, when the Glasgow Association for the Higher Education of Women was formed to offer women opportunities to study at university level. Jessie Campbell became Vice-President of the new Association and Janet Galloway its Honorary Secretary.
In 1883 the Association was incorporated as Queen Margaret College and Jessie Campbell became its Vice-President and chaired its executive committee. She persuaded her friend Isabella Elder to purchase North Park House for the College and was the main fund-raiser of a ?20,000 college endowment fund. Queen Margaret College, which was the only college for the higher education of women in Scotland, achieved its aim of amalgamation with the University in 1892. Jessie Campbell retired from active involvement in the higher education of women in 1893. The University awarded her an LLD in 1901 in recognition of her pioneering work.
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