Bessie Street was also where Len Fairclough started work as an apprentice with Jerry Booth until the owner died. In 1971, betting shop employee Lucille Hewitt was mugged by Frank Bradley when she was taking the day's takings to the bank. In August 1972, Peeping Tom Edwin Ferguson was arrested in Bessie Street. This came as a relief to Stan Ogden, as the street's male residents had caught him in a vigilante sting and accused him of being the culprit. In the mid-1980s new houses were built in the street.
Businesses include a now closed self-service shop, the Old Cock pub and Mick Connolly's barber shop.