William Taylor’s Bakery and Andrew Nicol, Bootmaker – Kaikorai Valley Road

William Taylor's Bakery

William Taylor’s Bakery

William Taylor’s Bakery is in the center section of this building and Andrew Nicol, boot maker, in the righthand premises. The photograph was taken around 1902 as Frederick Reidy was the proprietor of the Boot Maker shop from some time prior to 1900 when the Kaikorai cable cars began operation (see photograph below). He was listed there in the 1902 Stones Street Directory. Reidy’s name is displayed on the rear of Taylors Bakery at the time when the cable car power house was being constructed – the cable cars commenced operation on 9th October 1900.   However, Andrew Nicol is shown at that address in the photograph above (year not known).

It should be noted that street numbers were not published in the early Stones Street Directories which makes for some difficulty in placing businesses in an exact location without the aid of photographs. Directories prior to and including 1906 had no numbers shown, but numbers appeared from 1908.

Rear of bakery and bootmaker during construction of Kaikorai cable car powerhouse clearly showing Reidy's name on the back of the bulding.

Rear of bakery and bootmaker during construction of Kaikorai cable car powerhouse clearly showing Reidy’s name on the back of the building.

Taylor's Bakery Shop is listed at No.16 Kaikorai Valley Road in both the 1919 and 1936 Stones Street directories. Wm. Taylor is listed at 24 Kaikorai Valley Road in 1942 and 1950 directories, probably his residence.

Taylor’s Bakery Shop is listed at No.16 Kaikorai Valley Road in both the 1919 and 1936 Stones Street directories. Wm. Taylor is listed at 24 Kaikorai Valley Road in 1942 and 1950 directories, probably his residence.

This appears to be the complete delivery staff with transport of the day.  The shop was located about opposite the bottom of Hereford Street.

This appears to be the complete delivery staff with transport of the day. The shop was located about opposite the bottom of Hereford Street.

One of Taylor's Bakery delivery carts. Date of photograph not known.

One of Taylor’s Bakery delivery carts. Date of photograph not known.

Mellor Street construction, some time between 1950 and 1953? with William Taylor's residence at extreme left showing back porch.

Mellor Street construction, some time between 1950 and 1953? with William Taylor’s residence at extreme left showing back porch.

(Original Article by Alan Gilchrist)

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