Michael Jones JewellerThe Early Years
The Mounts in Northampton was a relatively run-down area full of terraced houses with chimneys belching out smoke from coal fires. The houses with their net curtains and a coal hole under the the front window had a somewhat down market feel. On the corner of Earl street stood Claude Jones, a shop selling jewelry and with a pawnbrokers attached.
Every morning, the grey haired Mrs. Jones, who recently had widowhood bestowed upon her, quietly gave out her orders to Mr. E who ran the pledge office. He would appear with a chipped enamel trough bearing the the RSPCA logo; the trough obediently filled with water. He would then, under instruction, place the trough on the first flagstone step outside the front door.
Without fail, every day after a few moments had passed by, a dog would come along, cock it's leg and pee into the trough. Thus rendering the whole exercise useless.
The pledge office was a great source for second hand jewelry and in 1965 there were quite a few decent pieces coming through, something that has now all but vanished as the good stuff constantly went abroad. I was fascinated by The Pledge office and the contents and customers.Around the corner from Claude Jones was Michael Jones Jeweller. A brand new architecturally award winning palace of a shop. Inside under a mezzanine level was a pond complete with fish and fountain, with terrapins who were constantly trying to escape out of the massive glass front door. In the widows
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