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Locations - Wiltshire

 

Photographs

Devizes: Museum

Trowbridge: Museum

 

Shops

DEVIZES. Charles Sloper & Sons (drapers), 14-15 The Brittox (now Boots). Photograph. Installed in 1929 and still operating in 1975. Gipe closed wire system No. 10 - John Liffen. "From memory this was a four wire system, with three for the ground floor and one going uphill to the balcony, which was horseshoe shaped above the entrance doors. All the wires meeting at the cash desk at the rear of the store virtually opposite the doors" - Andrew Hunt. One line now in Devizes Museum and one in Trowbridge Museum.
 "The wire that came up from the basement was a bit of a problem since the carriage struggled to make it to the cashier. As far as I recall for the return journey, the carriage was just released and gravity did the job. I have always understood that Slopers had tubes too, connecting with a separate department." Rog Frost

MARKET LAVINGTON. Waltons Cash Drapery Stores, White Street. "Peggy Gye .. spoke of Mrs Walton being at the heart of things, sitting in her cashier's cage and receiving money and dispatching change and receipts using an overhead wire 'cash railway'". The business failed in the 1930s. Market Lavington Museum blog

SWINDON. Ansteys. Wire system in 1950s/60s. Brian Hamilton Kelly

TROWBRIDGE. Bristol Drapery Co. Those fond of novelty should visit the Bristol Drapery Company's establishment in Silver Street... His florin and a bill will be put into a cup and the cup fixed to a little carriage depending from a wire running up the shop. The assistant will pull a handle and - hey presto! - the cup will be seen to make a swift journey along the wire to the cash desk, whence it will return a moment later bearing the customer's change... The system has been put in by the British Cash and Parcel Conveyor Company and is called the Meteor Cash Railway System, the motive force .. being .. a piece of elastic... It is a vast improvement on the ball-railway system first introduced into the West of England by Mr. E. Fear Hill some 19 years ago." Wiltshire Times, 22 Apr. 1905, p. 2

TROWBRIDGE. Co-op, Mortimer Street. "Re-constructed Mortimer Street store open... A cash desk has been placed in the centre of the shop, the junction of the overhead cash railway system. Wiltshire Times, 31 Oct. 1936, p. 7

TROWBRIDGE. Fear Hills (dept. store). Cash ball system installed 1886. See TROWBRIDGE. Bristol Drapery Co. above.
• Cash carrier. Shop opened in 1880. Trowbridge Museum

Museums

starDEVIZES. Museum. See DEVIZES: Sloper above. No car when I visited in April 2006 but good access to the propulsions.

starTROWBRIDGE. Museum. Gipe wire system from Slopers, Devizes installed by John Liffen.

 

star indicates systems which are still there (as far as I know) though they may not be working.