Created By: ODHS
Through the archway was Cobbs Garden, one of the best known 'courts' of tenement buildings in the town, comprising some ten or more small cottages often housing large families (see image). The houses were demolished in the 1960s and have since been replaced by the NHS Cobbs Garden Surgery.
A photograph taken from inside Cobbs Gardens
looking east towards the archway in the High Street
You will note that next door to the archway is a bakery, which once belonged to Freddie Richardson and then Alf Harrison (now Sandwich Land). The bakehouse at its rear could only be accessed through the archway. On Sunday mornings in the 1930s and 1940s housewives, who had neither gas or electric cookers with which to cook their Sunday roasts and Yorkshire puddings, walked their assembled roasting tins covered with a tea towel through the archway to the bakery oven. This baker took in some 50 to 70 roasting tins every Sunday morning which were collected from 12 o'clock onwards for a charge of about 1p.
Walk about another 100 metres further up the street to No 79 High Street.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Olney High Street - Heritage Trail