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Local restaurant history puzzler!

What was Kolize in Hedon called prior to it being the restaurant we know today?…..

Kolize Take Away sign
Kolize Take Away sign

HERE’S A local ‘history’ question that is sure to get those memory cells buzzing!

What was Kolizé in Hedon called (at 11a-11b St Augustine’s Gate) prior to it being the restaurant we know today? This question has already been asked by Sally Sanderson (on our Facebook Page to settle a bet!), but it would be good if we could get as much of that location’s history arranged in date order as possible.

Kolizé currently has a take-away service outlet on St Augustine’s Gate and the Restaurant is located a few feet south of this, through the garden area (where the Rolling Pin is) and up a small staircase.

17 thoughts on “Local restaurant history puzzler!

  1. my grandparents were mary and robert ellerton; they kept the post office when it was near the church; i remember going there as a child in the early 50s; my aunt margo took over the running of the post office in the new building and lived with my grandmother and cousin jane in the bungalow behind; i discovered some years recently that my grandfather had a series of postcards printed of local views of hedon which he sold in the post office; my parents, (mary nee ellerton and charles aka perer russell) were married in the catholic church in hedon, shortly after dunkirk;

  2. At some point – before or after Topkapi? – the restaurant was called the Granary, though from memory, this was upstairs, rather than the level that Kolize is on now. I’m sure this was back in the early 1980s.
    At some point between Chinese restaurant, Wine bar (the only place you could buy Grolsch in Hedon when it first became popular) and Kolize, the takeaway section was run as a separate business. Mid 1980s, Chaplins?

  3. Folks,
    Sorry ? but I’m here again, but just to put the record straight, there was also a third Barbers — Albert Sanderson (lived in Lambert Park), whose business preceded that of Ted North’s, furthermore, how could I ever omit Guy & Kay Dossor’s long established Grocers in the Rhythm & Booze current premises!
    Mrs Sanderson used to entertain our Sh. Highway/Lambert Pk gang, helping to turn a long skipping rope — “all in together”, as few cars in those far off days to stop our fun……………… .

  4. Oh I forgot, old Bert Sleet’s shoe repairers, two doors away from Alice Cautley’s, he could be seen hammering away on his ‘last’ together with a few seggs handily placed in his mouth…………

  5. Sarah,
    Thanks for that, but I don’t remember Cohen’s, as after my time as I left Hedon some 45 years ago (married) but Sue (ex Elloughton), and I still return as volunteers at the Museum, plus attending the Hedon Local History Society meetings, and sometimes Umpiring at Middle Lane.
    For our lady Councillors entertainment, a few more of the older shops spring to mind – the two Barbers, Cec Fawcett- known as “Slasher” as he was a barber in the forces, he was where the posh cake shop is near the Kings Head.Cec was a big supporter of the British Legion. His son Brian, has the hardwood furniture business at Burstwick.
    Ted North’s Barbers, was in the row of shops between (then), Steve Crane’s business and the Queens Head. Ted lived in Spencer Close, next door was a fruit and veg shop where Eadie Mason worked.
    Regarding the Post Office, the Ellerton family had this one, right on the corner near the Church, their two sons Gerry and Francis played for SHCC, Gerry working at Shell Mex at Saltend with my Dad Arthur. Situated opposite was Drescher’s Grocers before it was taken over by Peter Wilson, in later years.
    Harold “Duckie” Rudd, who was a Poulterer living on New Road, he was the long serving, hard working Hon Secretary of the Hedon BL
    I can recall the licencees of all the local Pubs, apart from the one at the ‘Shakee’,as Bill & Alice Raithby occupied the Borough Arms, now the ‘Haven’, Coun. Nat Green, well known for his ‘plus-fours’ was at the Queens,’ Pop’ Holmes at the Station Hotel, after Bob Green,had left to go the Legion Club as Steward. Ted & Eileen Chapman were at the Kings Head, where both teams used to go after cricket matches, it appeared “Win or lose, we shall booze” was our motto in those far off days, before the Club had its own bar!
    I occasionally did a Friday evening on the bar at the Legion, for “10 bob” a time.
    Full barrels had to be tapped, if I didn’t hit the Spiel square on with the old wooden mallet, ale spurted out all over me and the floor! Mop and floor cloths at the ready!
    In the event, one may imagine, that all I do in life is sit typing out this kelt for you to read, you would be way off beam, as apart from the summer Umpiring, Walking, Indoor Bowls, the Gym and a little painting & decorating, Alpha Probus member, keeps the old ‘un off the Hull streets and out of mischief…………………
    Anything else you want to know?…. you are only a computer away…………………..

  6. Sorry to disappoint you Grahame, but Eric Smailes’ bike shop was the last one on the Town Hall side,nearest the present fish shop, on the corner with New Road!
    Eric’s predesesor being Fred Sharpe, (brother of ex Mayor Len), Sharpy also sold and repaired bikes, as well as confectionery. When I was a youngster, the Morrisons, of Lambert Park, had this fish shop, and were in competition with Charlie Farr’s fish shop, where Steve Crane now has his Financial Advisory business situated on the Watmough’s Arcade corner.
    Incidentally, the Farr family lived opposite Joe & Mrs Morrison, but they were good friends, Daughter Silvia Farr, lives in Ryehill still, her and her late husband John Pizer, used to have the Crooked Billet in Ryehill.
    Further down St A. gate, Mrs Marlow used to have a lovely smelling Bakery, one could often see her open the oven door, with freshly baked bread coming out, treacle,butter and her lovely fresh loaf, was a joy to behold!
    Next to her, the tall and thin, Alf Wickens, was the proprietor of a green Grocer’s shop, whilst opposite, on Main Street, was Mabel Beadle’s sweet shop, behind the shop Fred Beadle was a Milkman, he was nicknamed “Wattery” Beadle, by some of his customers apparently!
    Bert Locke had a shoe shop in the Market Place, Butcher Wright was nearby, before W R Wigglesworth took over the business some years later, his son Mike, still lives in
    Hedon. Rob Robson had a thriving brickyard on Hull Road, again for many years,
    where houses are built now, his daughter Valerie, married Mike (as above).
    Mike & Val were the Hedon Post Master/Mistress for a long time, before they retired……..
    I could go on — but more than enough for now…………………………in case youv’e all had more than enough?…………….. of saga no 2.

  7. Those ” Hedon Blog” readers that may want to know more about the old shops/premises of Hedon etc, may like to call at the Hedon Museum Society, at the rear of the Town Hall.
    Opening times being from 10am til 4 pm, on Wednesdays and Saturdays currently.
    Above the stairs there is a series of interesting photos, of the shops and who occupied them, in the distant past.

  8. And there’s more about the premises mentioned above, opposite the Queens Head, when I was a young fella, part of the property had two large wooden, grey painted doors which fronted a W H Chambers, Builders & Joiners yard, for many years.
    He was in competition for business with another builder Sid Charles, who lived in Ketwell Lane – known as ‘West Lane’ in those distant days.Sid moved his materials with a hand cart to his various jobs, I remember this little gent always had a smile on his face, beneath his flat cap.
    At the southern end of the Queens – just across a ten foot passage, was sited Elder Grove, with about ten terraced houses, long since gone. A feature of them, in those distant days, being that they had no back doors, after WW2 the ‘night soil men’ were forced to walk through the houses, with a full bin to remove the contents of the rear earth closets, into a hand cart. Sorry, about this being not a particularly pleasant topic, but it was a fact until flush toilets were put in!
    One of the Hedon Council employees then being the well known Art Mac, as he was known. m
    Regarding the former residents of Hedon in the years past, my cousin Pete Robson, has a far better memory than I, about them and their families, especially those down Elder Grove and in George Street, as he lived in both before the family moved to 10 Westlands Road, as brand new occupants.
    Pete can practically name the families/ occupations et al of those living there in the 50/60′s. Conversely, the Ripley family of three lived at 34 Sheriff Highway,Arthur & Gladys moved in a new build, built by an Arthur Batty, and I can name most of the Lambert Park/ Sheriff Highway families in the 40/50′s but I want bore you here, unless someone wants to know more, that is………………….?

    1. really interesting reading Malc, i remember Elder grove , they were derelict houses when we was kids and we use to have dens in them , very spooky it was on a night on the third floor with a candle, we later discovered electric was still connected and had proper lighting until Sarge Boucher discovered us and put an end to our fun, never occured to us someone had to pay for the leccy .

  9. Topkapi, run by the Pakurak familly, the whole thing as far as i know used to be Lewis’ bakery, run by Eric Cakey Lewis and his wife Gerty, also he had What was known as colloqually “cakey Lewi’ catering gang” for wedding receptions etc
    I think where the restaurant is was the Granary and his aviary and the bakery was the same place as the rolling pin is now

  10. i remember going to this wine bar on opening night which is were kolise is now, i was only about 14 there was quite a lot of us , i remember borrowing my mums paddington bear duffle coat because they were all the rage and i thought it made me look older ….cant remember nothing else about it though…i didnt get any wine …

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