Martin’s Chippy identified in photo

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David Martin, a parish councillor from Underwood, got in touch after we printed this photo in last week’s Advertiser.

The building on the right is Martin’s Chippy, which used to be owned by Cllr Martin’s family. His grandad, John Martin, was born there in 1901 to Alfred and Phoebe Martin. The family lived there until the Congregational Church was knocked down in 1912/13.

“My grandad was actually injured as part of the garden wall to the rear of the adjacent building landed on his leg,” said Cllr Martin.

John worked in the confectionery department at the Co-op on Nottingham Road, while mum, Phoebe, ran the chip shop from the front room.

Alfred, David’s great-grandad, went to primary school with DH Lawrence. But aged nine Lawrence went onto Beauvale Primary and Alfred went down Beggarlee and Brinsley Collieries with his dad, which caused his premature death at 39 from pneumonicosis, or pit dust on the lungs.