West end of Fore Street in St Austell

Old photo of the West End of St Austell showing the General Wolfe Hotel
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Old photo of the West End of St Austell showing the General Wolfe Hotel

Although now dominated by road traffic, the West end of Fore Street was a busy shopping area. At the turn of the century, the corner shop was a tobacconist called Tidy – and the area was known as “Tidy’s Corner” (see photo). Since Tidy’s was demolished it’s now known as General Wolfe Corner after the General Wolfe Hotel, which may have been built as a Town House for one of the estate owners around St Austell. There was also a locally well known jewellers and outfitters called Vivians at the end of Fore Street.

Old photo of the West End of St Austell
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Old photo of the West End of St Austell

The landscape of the West End has changed considerably since the turn of the century to make way for road improvement schemes. West Hill used to be the main road into St Austell. Shops at the top of Trinity Street, Tidy’s tobacconist and the iconic, triangular shaped building called Goodenoughs Shoe Shop (see photo) have all been demolished. In 2009, an attractive Tromph L’oeil mural has been put on Goodenoughs corner. Painted by the renowned artist Janet Shearer, it features people of local and international reputation at a fictional China Café.