Thursday, 2 August 2012
Hubbard and Martin's, Birkenhead
Hubbard & Martin Ltd were a longstanding bakers, confectioners and caterers who ran a cafe and restaurant at 258 Grange Road in Birkenhead.
Lowry must have been familiar with the cafe as he mentions it in his novel Ultramarine; "That day it was, on the Saughall Massie Road with Janet, when he found the white campion on the windy hill, it was the only sound to break the stillness, the traction engine, and the sleep-shattering fall of white stones. Afterwards they had tea at Hubbard and Martin's, in Grange Road." (Pg. 31). The days events are probably based on his love affair with Tess Evans in 1927.