KIRKHEATON man Jeffrey Hey has witnessed the end of an era for a butcher's business which was started by his ancestors.
Mr Hey, of Town Road, has seen the closure of the shop at Town Bottom.
The shop was known as Wardle's when it shut its doors last month.
But the business was created back in 1886 by Mr Hey's grandfather Joseph.
Mr Hey, 78, said: "It is the end of an era."
Joseph Hey lived at St John's Farm in Kirkheaton. But he first started his butcher's shop in a wooden hut on Town Road - in the garden of the house where his grandson now lives.
He demolished the hut when he moved to the property 53 years ago. Joseph's son Sam gradually took control of the business as his father got older.
Joseph eventually died in 1930 and four years later, Sam moved the shop to the premises at Town Bottom.
He eventually retired in the 1970s and the shop was sold.
Jeffrey Hey did not enter the family business, but enjoyed a successful career as a butcher.
He took over Ewart's at Leeds Road in Bradley and ran it for 53 years before retiring five years ago.
The Town Bottom shop had changed hands three times before closing down last month.
Jeffrey said: "Most people will not remember that it all started in a hut in my garden.
"There's no butcher's shop in the village now and there used to be three.
"There used to be lots of independent shops. The village was self-supporting. But that has all gone now."