Martindale Ltd coal merchants, Crown Street, 1936

Horse drawn cart carrying sacks of coal in front of large industrial building

"Martindales is a very old company. Although they’re still going in Liverpool I don’t think they sell coal. After the war they branched out into central heating.

I remember seeing the coalman when we had the shortage after the war in 1947. People were begging for half a bag of coal. Somebody had to stand guard over the cart while it was delivered in case someone ran away with it."