More photographs and information about the shops and other businesses in London Street. The photographs of premises shown here have been scanned in from the original photographs given to the Society over the years and stored in the Society’s archives. The numbers given for each property mentioned correspond as accurately as possible to the postal addresses and are shown on the above map. An occupational history of each premises, as far as is known, can be found on the ‘Shops & Businesses in London Street‘ page. There is also a ‘London Street Views‘ page that contains general information about the street and may contain further details on the premises shown in the photographs.
London Street (odd numbers) in the 18/1900s
1920s & 1953. The shop at #77 is on the corner of London Street and Coach Lane. It was a grocery shop, and in the early days also an agent for wine and spirits. It was run by Henry Williams from 1844 to the end of the century and then continued by George Ernest Eastoe and his wife Alice until 1926. Mr & Mrs Eastoe are standing in the doorway of the shop in the photograph. For the next three years it was owned by J.A. Greenwood and in 1929 Miss Elsie Bedford took over the business and continued until 1946. In that year Cecil Blissett bought the shop and it continued to thrive as a grocery shop until 1971 when Cecil and his wife Nancy retired and it became their family home.
London Street (even numbers) in the 18/1900s
1931. #10 Chamberlain & Son’s grocery store since 1910 (later an off licence) in London Street. Left to right: Arthur Shurmer; Leslie Pauling; Dorothy Bowerman; Betty Willis; Jim Egleton; Ted Newdick; Jack Bryan (his first day at work). This was a very high-class grocer/ the smell of freshly ground coffee would linger in the street tempting customers inside. The shop was rebuilt c.1938 and the frontage moved back to its present position. The Co-op moved here for a short time when their premises in Marlborough Street were demolished to make way for the Police Station and Telephone Exchange.