An old cobbled street with a central gully, Albert
Road was formerly, Chapel Street, The Congregational Chapel was on the
north side where the Spiritualist Church now stands. In 1871, the church
moved to a new building in The Strand. It is now the URC.
Later the site became The Palace Cinema, known as the Flea Pit. You can
still see the old walls either side of the Spiritualist Church, which
stands there now.
The White Hart pub described as “ House, Yard and Premises newly built”
was licensed in 1858. Next door, where the launderette is now, was a
drapers shop and later a grocers shop that became Hayward’s Fish café
Chapel Street was central to the caring profession in the old town.
Midwife Elizabeth Murch and several nurses lived here. Alongside lived
carpenters, tailors, masons and maltsters.