Well they did for a long while, until the time came when only new spuds could be got and thats the time they found it OK to charge more. So just how many Original Chip Shops did there used to be in Haslingden during the 50s,60s and 70s? These below are some that I can immediately remember:-
Marsden Square Chip Shop next to the square Factory. It had been a chip shop long ago, then closed down, but re-opened in approx 1956-1957, but only lasted for a short while before it closed down again.
Manchester Road Chippy (Road End) Top of Fields Road, in more recent times its been Nino's Pizzas.
Birch Avenue Chip Shop - Next to Post Office around the millenium, only survived two or three months.
Deardengate Chippy - In Higher Deardengate next door to what was Duckworths Shop, Mr and Mrs. Pew had their chippy which we think nowadays (2016) is a opticians.
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"Whats a Mixture ?" - Some people would go into the Chippy with their dish and ask for a mixture, and you might ask "What was or is a Mixture?" - well it's both a portion of both Chips and Peas in the same dish....
"Yesterdays Newspaper" - Was always used as the outer wrap when they wrapped up your fish and chips, or provided the outer wrapping of your "made up into a bag" of Chips.
"Chippie" No a "Chippie" is not always a Chip Shop, he's usually a " Woodworking Joiner"
"Haddock and Chips" is what you got when you asked for fish and chips, well that's how it was when I was a youngster, but as time as gone on and Haddock became a more scarcer commodity (in England), the norm for "fish and chips" became Cod and Chips, and nowadays "Haddock" (unless in Scotland) has become a sort of "speciality".
"Scraps or Bits" of fried batter which had broke off from the fish when cooking. Usually given out free of charge to children when requested.
"Beef Dripping or Lard" This is what chips used to be cooked in when I was a lad, and there are still (but very few) chippies up and down the Country who still do cook in dripping. But nowadays usually it is a vegetable oil that is used in the cooking.
A letter below from Harold Stott (Sam) dated 9th August 2016
We are into the the last month of winter here (Rosebud Victoria, Australia) and I am spending a happy time (with heater turned on) looking at the Haslingden blogspot. My local chippy was the Flaxmoss chippy which was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Kay. Mr. Kay worked full time in a cotton mill, I think they called it "drawer or puller through", threading the warp through the "reeds" ready to go onto the looms.
Anyway they worked hard at the chippy with lunch tea and supper and they had two children, forgot the name of their daughter, but I was good mates with Jim their son (Rip) and I used to help him "eye" the spuds so that we could get on with the serious business of going out to play in Victoria Park, or the Camms, or Swinnel Brook etc. Jim later married Enid Mews (a right cracker of a lass), the last time I saw them was back in the 80s when they were licencees of the Robin Hood pub on Holcombe Road and later I heard Enid moved to the Bridge End in Helmshore.
My other chippy was the Manchester Road Chippy, and we went in there after band practice, and a few of us would give them a tune or two, it was never really appreciated.
We always ate "in" and our order was chips with soup on and stir the pot before you put the soup on (cheeky young buggers), no peas in our soup but they loved us really, Well I think they did.........
If anyone can add to the list, or better still let me know of a "good Haslingden Chippy tale" or maybe even include a photo, that would be great.