Retro: Sheffield policeman who had a coach firm and a pub!

J L Andrew Coaches run by John Louis Andrew''Submitted Mr Andrew, Huddersfield

J L Andrew Coaches run by John Louis Andrew''Submitted Mr Andrew, Huddersfield

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A policeman’s lot was certainly a busy one for John Louis Andrew -- as well as serving in the police he had a coach business and a pub!

His grandson, Gerald Pearson,who lives in Huddersfield, brought in these pictures after spotting the Butchers Arms in a past Retro.

Charabanc trip in J L Andrew Coach run by John Louis Andrew - picture may have been taken in Campo Lane, Sheffield''Submitted Mr Andrew, Huddersfield

Charabanc trip in J L Andrew Coach run by John Louis Andrew - picture may have been taken in Campo Lane, Sheffield''Submitted Mr Andrew, Huddersfield

Gerald said: “The pub was in my grandma’s name, Ada Andrew.

He couldn’t have a pub because he was a policeman so they put it in Ada’s name. We lived on Meadow Street.

“My mum, Ena, used to work in the Hallamshire on Hallam Street. That was where she met my dad, who was from Nottingham.

“I remember the Butcher’s Arms was on the Kelvin opposite the Salvation Army, and next to the bike shop Leather and Simpsons.

“Next door was a Jewish family, Morris and Bernard Wallis, who sold shoes.

“The pub was very rough and ready. They had spittoons in those days and I remember my mum had to clean them out. There was sawdust on the floor.

“The steelworkers used to go in. Neepsend steelworks was just below the pub.”

John L Andrew also set up the coach company, based in Langsett Road, Hillsborough.

Gerald said: “We used to go to Blackpool and Cleethorpes. He was a stickler. Everything had to be perfect with no rubbish on the floor.

“He was very strict, not the sort of chap you could have a laugh and a joke with.”

Ena had to clean the coaches when they arrived back at the yard, sometimes at 10pm to 11pm.

Gerald remembered being told that friends of his grandma were going to emigrate to the US and offered to take either Ena or her sister Ada.

He said: “Grandad said, ‘Ena’s not going, she cleans the coaches’.

Gerald added: “They live in Seattle now. We went and met her. Her daughter Ada worked in the film industry, creating special effects on the first Star Wars films. She’s got her name on the credits.”

Gerald said: “I didn’t know Grandad Andrew. I knew Jack who ran the coach business afterwards (John O Andrew). He was my mum’s brother.

“They lived in Oxford Street and the garage was down St Philip’s Street. They used to do a lot of children’s outings.

“SUT came along and they wanted my uncle to be part of that business to join them. He kept it himself but eventually sold out. Jack and his wife retired to Retford.”

Eventually Grandma Ada became bedridden and the couple moved to Broughton Road, Hillsborough. They had a beer off in Burrowlee Road, said Gerald.

They moved from there to Brook Road, Meersbrook.

Ena’s father-in-law Tom Pearson was also a policeman and he is pictured here.

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