Friday, 10 July 2009

Buy Gone

David e-mailed the blog to say:

"Having lived in WP for over 4 decades I have seen many Central Road shops come and go. I soon forget what was there when a new business opens.

Does anyone have a record of shops in ‘days gone by’? I am particuarly interested in the 1970s and early 1980s. It would be great to build up a record of premises and who occupied them for as many shops as possible.

I think I vaguely remember Mac Fisheries (previously a cinema), then it became International supermarket, then Somerfield and now Pizza Express."

So it's over to you, blog readers, to share your memories of shops gone by in Worcester Park....

89 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Bear said...

Mac Fisheries, which became Mac Market was where my sister worked. There was also Moss the chemist on the corner of Caldbeck avenue, my mum worked there. There was Jack Brabhams garage near the top of the hill (I worked there). I also remember Woolworths and Caters across the road from the top of Caldbeck Avenue. There was also a laundrette on the corner of Washington Road, and The Spinning Wheel, a material shop, between Washington and Brinkley. I would be interested to see your final findings, please get it posted on the blog.

Katie Fore said...

Who could forget the monstrosity that was the Odeon cinema converted into a supermarket? I think the Waitrose was originally a Somerfield, but I can't remember when that changed. I miss Model Road & Rail - never went there but always liked looking in the window as I went past - made me feel like a child all over again!

Ian Morris said...

There was B Jams where iceland is now. Take one video used to be opposite W H SMiths where the one stop party shop is. BJ Drug store used to be next to smiths (that odd circular shaped shop at the front). Mr. Ink used to be Hair cutting Co (good old Bob the hairdresser) which is now at the top of the high street. And Llyods Bank was where the Kingfish is now.

Anonymous said...

there usede to be evitas where the chinese canteen is.much better than silks,next door was alis indian restaurant a proper indian then you had smarts sweetshop where i think the barbers is. she used to always have a brilliant display of confectionary,and at easter the biggest easter egg i had ever seen before and since.her great rivals was peg featherstone and tom from read and rite next to the old bakers marrigolds between washington and caldbeck featherstones was next to st mathias whare the hairdressers is.and who can remember pauls bacon house,where costas is,and i know plenty more...st phillip alleyer

Benjy P said...

Don't forget Grant Buckinghams the toy shop that was originally a double shop and then downgraded to the single shop before closing up, of couse there were 2 petrols stations on the high street then as well and the library was on the otherside of the road from where it is now. There was the over priced office license when the bus stop was by Brinkley Avenue and the Bakers on the corner by Star cars

Benjy P said...

Sorry I forgot, there also used to be Cagney's night club next the Worcester Park Tavern, the area is now just car park

Anonymous said...

The shop by the wood yard at the top of Central Road that use sell the garden ornaments.

Does anyone remember the grocer's shop (now a house) just past Barn Glass Works.

The car showroom where Sainsburys is

Anonymous said...

Didn't WH Smith used to be a Preedys before it's current incarnation?

I miss Take One video with that rather stern moustachio'd man who owned the place.

A great person to talk to who is a fountain of Worcester Park knowledge is the already mentioned Bob from Haircutting Co. He's been a high street institution for many years and was based near the Lloyds before moving up the high street a few years ago. He's always happy to impart his knowledge of the high street if you ever pop in!

Ian Morris said...

Fads the wallpaper shop used to be where Papa Johns and the new cycle shop is now. I can remember a few more shops and where they were but not thier names so maybe this will jog someone's memories. There was a cake shop/cafe thing down next to or near to the police station, and a sports shop up near Pizza express probably where that Fera charity shop is, and a shoe shop next to W H Smiths.
The Post office used to be in Green Lane and just along from it there was also a Green Grocers and Sweet shop.

The Worcester Park Phantom said...

An excellent person to talk to regarding the ever-changing face of the high street is the aforementioned WP institution that is Bob the hairdresser from "Haircutting Co" situated at the top of the high street for the last few years (previosuly at the other end next to Lloyds).

As I'm sure anyone who's visited him regularly will now (and I've been going since the mid 80s!) Bob knows almost everything there is to know about WP history and is always happy to talk about "the old days".

Perhaps I could generate some discussion or perhaps suggest a new blog idea - familiar faces around Worcester Park, past and present. There is ofcourse Bob, the flower seller who died last year, the always friendly couple who run the newsagent up the top of the high street (near where Model Road and Rail was/is), the mysterious moustache man formerly of Take One Video, the very old lady who used to sell papers at the station and many others I'm sure...

bear said...

60's/70's there was a bakery, Morley's I think, on the corner of Longfellow Road, there always seemed to be a dozen cat's in there. There was also the lampshade factory down Longfellow Road. There also used to be a Co-op, I think that's now where Lloyds TSB is. In the early 70's there was a coffee shop by the Nat West bank, and an 'american style' diner between Washington and Brinkley (they used to sell coke floats!) Of course there was Aladins and Charlie's curry houses, one half way up the high street on the left, the other by the garage at the top. Andrews greengrocers used to be across the road from the top of Caldbeck Ave in the 70's. I think the KFC used to be some sort of electrical shop.
I am loving this trip down memory lane.

Andrew said...

The sports shop was Plus Two Sports, the owner was a really nice guy who gave really good discounts!!! Ritz video used to be where the carpet shop is now i think.There used to be a Holland and Barret somewhere i think, or a shop like it, near the Funeral directors opposite pizza express.

Anonymous said...

Beds To Go used to be A G Nunns a builders merchants, Sainsburys Loacl used to be Fullers Ford car showroom & I think the Conservatory florist used to be a bike shop (although that would have been back in 1971-72 when I was 6 years old !

Anonymous said...

I no longer live in W/P but my mum still lives there so i still regularly visit. I remember Jollys sweet shop on the small parade by St Phillips Churchyard (now just a graveyard). The man who ran Jolly's was called 'Mo' which us kids used to find very amusing. It was the kids favourite sweet shop as it had an excellent penny sweet counter. It was covered by a raised glass cover and in front were two chairs for the kids to stand on so they could choose their sweets (health & safety wouldn't av that now!) Also I remember Featherstone's sweet shop on the other side of the road going to wards North Cheam I think it's now a hairdresser's, it's a funny little shop standing on its own between flats and little row of cottages opposite the methodist church. It was ran by a very large lady called Peg who was permanently sat behind the counter with her Alsation Dog 'Kim' (Health & Safety..) I used to do a paper round for that shop and every Saturday when Peg gave me my money i would immediately buy a Texan Bar and a packet of Ranchero crisps haha. I could go on forever but will spare you but just before i go who remembers the Saturday Morning film show in the methodist church hall opposite featherstones? Every kid in town went there the good and the bad ! Every week at the end of the film they would ask everyone who had a birthday that week to come up onto the stage and get a sweet and they never seems to clock on that the same group of kids (not me of course..) would have a birthday every week haha oh to be a kid again.

Anonymous said...

I remember Featherstones; I used to get of bus after school and buy sweets to walk home with. I also remember Sat morning film show in church hall. Does anyone remember the cafe called 'fed up' ?

Anonymous said...

I lived in WP from 1965 till 1985 ! will hopefully return some day ! the shops I remember from early childhood are Macfisheries, which had a wet fish shop at the front, a supermarket and a cafe with american style bar for milkshake consumption if mum was in a good mood !
There was an excellent fish and chip shop by the old total petrol station (now the Nefis)you could sit in and eat. The ironmongers were Harris's & Pearsons , whom also sold dog biscuits etc !
The Fed Up Cafe was fab and very trendy with orange pull down table lights.
Morley's the bakers was an institution with a fresh cream cake section and produced beautiful minature brown Hovis rolls shaped just like a big loaf.
Where WH Smiths & Preedy's is now was once a fabric and haberdashery store. Next door was a wallpaper and paint store.
The Huntsmans Hall Pub used to have it's own teeny tiny Off License where you could get pennies back on your empty pop bottles (cream soda & cherryaid then ) we were recycling much more easily in them days !!!!
Fowlers stationers and toys was one of my favourites, happy memories spending pocket money there.
I think for a short time there was either a Cullens or Express Dairies food store ? a sort of 1970's Deli ! very exciting food stuffs could be purchased like coleslaw vinaigrette ! this was next door to where Iceland is now. Also a double fronted shoe shop called Trueform I think. Another shoe shop on the corner opposite the laundry was Frisby's.
A radio rentals shop was also in Worcester Park, people did'nt buy TV sets then ! just rented them and got them out to fix for free when they went wrong.
There was a big toy shop at the top of the high street called I think TOYS AND GAMES, this was seriously expensive but stocked the stuff of kids dreams.
Broadway bargains was another haberdashery. Jack & Jills was a children's clothes store, a bit up market, my christening gown was purchased there in 1966 !
Woolworths was just great, with a small garden centre out the back.
Maynard's was a tiny sweet shop near to Woolworths, they used to have a machine that sold you hot salted roasted peanuts in a little greaseproof paper bag. In fact in 1966 there were at least seven sweet shops that I remember, including one in Green Lane.
Adult clothes shops and a woman's hat shop were numerous including Dunn & Co for men.
I really must stop now as the memories are fading a bit.
Hope to be back in Worcester Park really soon.

The Parkerilla said...

Thanks for that fascinating post and I'm sure our greatly respected local historian David Rymill is drooling over those details.

cheers

The Parkerilla

Louisa-Jane Raine said...

What memories!! I was in Worcester Park from 1968 until 1992 when I finally flew the nest.

I remember Broadway Bargains, Woolworths which had a wooden floor where our dog used to cock his leg up the side of the counter (health and safety!!?) and there used to be a record shop down the bottom of the hill called M&G (?) Records or something. I spent many a happy Friday after school kneeling on the chairs in Jolly's choosing my 10ps worth of sweets - it was run by Mr & Mrs Buckle then and I think they had a large dog called Ricky (which brings us back to health and safety!) on that parade of shops there was also a butchers (I think his name was Dave) who used to give us free bones for the dog and also (if my brothers were lucky) pigs trotters, chicken's feet and eyeballs! They liked that kind of thing. There used to be a printers just round the corner in Lindsay Road who would give you free offcuts of paper if you knocked on the door and asked nicely.

I would be willing to bet that my mum can remember more shops than I can.

Bexx Bissell said...

Having spent several weeks undergoing a new therapy to unlock memories from the deepest recesses of my mind, I am pleased to add the following shops, which have at various times graced the hallowed premises of Central Road, to the list:

Bejani Supermarket (sort of opposite where Surrey Nefis now is)

Elliott & James Bicycle shop (near above)

Angels Supermarket (where Costco now is)

The former Grant Buckingham Toys was originally called Toyhaven

Cullens supermarket (near where British Legion now is)

Maynards (sweet shop, near where Pizza Express currently resides)

Transmail (second hand records, hi-fi etc, near where John James Gardening now is)

Ken’s Barber Shop in the parade under the bridge

Andrews Greengrocer in parade under the bridge (they also had a branch at The Plough)

Bottleneck Boutique (near where Dual Hire now is)

Cosmic Office Supplies (top of hill)

Emjay (?) Camping Shop (where Sainsbury's is)

Forge Garage (Mobil petrol station and garage where the now abandoned Marks and Spencer Simply Foods is)

John James Gardening was called Pearsons at one time

Trustee Savings Bank (where Chinese medicine shop now is)

The Standard (curry house at top of hill near graveyard)

Somraz (curry house in parade near Broadway Bargains)

Sorry if I have repeated any from previous comments!

Worcester Park said...

Thanks Bexx Bissell - what a list!

Barry Lane said...

Does anyone remember Lane's General Stores in Longfellow Road? My grandparents and then my father, Ronald and his sisters, Dorrie, Marjorie and Barbara ran the shop until the early 1960s, when the three sisters (Chekhov anyone?) moved with my grandmother to Bournemouth. Only Barbara survives now, still living in the same bungalow in Bournemouth. Some may remember my mother, Audrey Lane (formerly Audrey Carpenter), who lived in Longfellow Road. She, too, is alive and well and living in South Gloucestershire.

Barry Lane said...

I don't think anyone has yet mentioned Tudor Radio.

Barry Lane said...

Further to my earlier postings, is there anyone out there who went to Cheam Common School (aka Balmoral), at the top of the hill in Central Road, circa 1957–59? I was there until I moved to Green Lane and then to Beverley Secondary Modern. Ah, memories...

PGT said...

Ilived in WP fom 1948 till 1983.. TudorRadio! I have red card with fuse wire on it from: Tudor Radio 114 Central Road Phone DER 5892. Ths shop later became 'Civic' still an electrical shop,where in 1961,I bouht a Sobell transister radio for £13gns, blue plastic with a chrome front grille, to pay for it, I worked after school in 'Fine Fare supemarket'later to become Bejam.Does anyone remember the watch repair man in his little shop down Longfellow Road? or in Green Lane, Tom Tyler the greengrocer, his open front shop was between the post office and 'Clares' the sweet shop run by a very smart elderly gentleman.

Chamberlains was the shop next to Steers woodyard at the top ofhe hill... and so on..

Anonymous said...

I lived in longfellow road, worcester park from 1952 till around 1975,
i rember Dots cafe, Tylers sweet, shop,lamp shade factory.Lincons off licence,also a yard were they kept the fruit and veg stalls that were used on the corner of Caldbeck ave and one at a place called the cattle arch,there was a wool shop also morleys the bakers,and a second hand shop,my brother in law used to own Mercia Motors at the to of the High Street,sold to Jack Brabmam,he meet my sister who worked in the post office close by,i could go on and on. good times,i have not been back for a good few years so seems things have changed
Pete

Anonymous said...

Hi all
Some photographs of W/P shops and dates are on my website, kindly supplied by David Rymill earlier this year.
see: www.macfisheries.co.uk
Colin

Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember the little shop called
savers that was on central road opposite longfellow road, I used to work there on a saturday and after scholl some nights. I remember working with a girl called Louise. I remember the little shop that used to be in longfellow road, my dad always used to send me there for his razor blades on a saturday night,there was also a little park at the top of the street with swings in. Also does anyone remember the office building next door to the railway station, it was called John Perrins and i used to work there just after I left school, plus Parkers. I lived in Browning Avenue but before that lived in Lincoln Road, went to Green Lane Infants and Juniors. Also the fish shop at the top of central road that always used to be packed on a friday night as everyone in Worcester Park seemed to have fish and chips for tea that night. I also used to take my mums washing to the laudrette at the top of washington road. My cousin used to work in macfisheries in 1971 and my mum used to work in the greengrocers just along from woolworth,there used to be a lad that worked with my mum called Roy.Me and my friends always used to make rope swings so we could get across the brook that used to run along green lane. Is the cricket ground still in green lane

Anonymous said...

hello anonymous i to like you have done most of the things you describe and i lived in browning and was always down the brook on yhe ropeswings through green lane school at what we would call the deep end.or on the wall of death.i no doubt know you and while it is nice and sometimes essential to have the veil of anonymous i wonder if your name is beggining with a d or an a?

Anonymous said...

There was a wool shop in Longfellow road the owner ended up working in the wool section in Kingstons John Lewis

lorrraine said...

To the person that said they lived in browning ave, My name is Lorraine, I used to live inbetween the townsends and the duffys.

Anonymous said...

yes i will have to ask my brothers and sisters but i think i remember you.i certainly remember teady duffy he was one character i would think everyone new[god rest his soul]what he could do with a yard of ale was impressive.being of irish de scent myself i really liked him,he used to love his front garden,and was often found sleeping there even when it was snowing or raining lol.being as you say you loved your brook so much,i bet you often for a chase or dare ventured over to the sewarage farm over the wall opposite you down the alley.i dont know if you have seen the development now but you would never beleive what it has became.its just such a pity they dont leave it the way it is,with all the nature settling down and a sort of calm residing in that part of wpk.its so vulgar that money should be allowed to speak for so few.and rip asunder what progress [even if at first slow] what was being gathered with the hamptons and other dwellers of worcester park.jimmy.

Lorraine said...

Reply to Jimmy,I must admit that I never really ventured into the sewage works. I do remember always looking out the bedroom window on a saturday night when Mr Duffy came home from the pub, he had many a conversation with the lamp post outside our house. I actually remember once that he got knocked down by an ambulance right outside his house. Don't know if you can remember Mr Miller who lived across the street, he also used to love his pint and would often give us kids a laugh when he arrived home. Your name doesn't ring a bell but you may know my brother Barry or my sister Janet. I used to be quite friendly with the Prowses who lived in Washington Road, I don't know if you are familar with them. My dad also used to park the cab of his wagon outside our house. The last time I was in Worcester Park was about 14 years ago, I keep meaning to come down there but never get round to it. I live in Jarrow now. I can recall that Mr Miller's daughter was called Madeline as I went to school with her,( Cheam High School ) What are your sisters and brothers called.

jimmy said...

lorraine.thanx for your reply.its nice to hear from someone from the past even if we dont know 1 and other i sent a message earlier and it doesnt seem to have been posted so i will wait and see what happens with that.its nice to know that you have such a clear meomory i would love to give you more clues but just not yet?

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh... lorraine i have just googled jarrow.so if my other comment has been lost.are you now a geordie?if so what brought you up there?.it cant of been the football.lol.

Lorraine said...

No I am not a geordie, although my kids are mackems, and my son is a Sunderland supporter. I moved up in here in the 70's, in fact my dad moved to Sunderland but he now lives in basingstoke. My partner is a geordie though. And believe it or not I still speak with a southern accent, although some say you can heard a slight geordie twang sometimes. If you know most of the people I remember then I must know you or at least someone in your family

Lorraine said...

PS I think that you should give me some clues to some of the people that you know

jimmy said...

sally everett mr vallens the routleges quilters daltons

lorraine said...

Jimmy, I can remember the routleges and the quilters but cant remember the others. I also remember there was a family called O'sullivan, my cousin lived in washington road he was called bicknell

Anonymous said...

i remember the cooks between towsends duffy i lived at44 browning ave, also the car crash outside quilters? 60s we used to run the wall down the brook. doris venner nites wth the rocker,s laundry in washington rd , i had a spell as regards mr duffy. never say he,s daughters out playing? phil m

Anonymous said...

You can find Browning Avenue on Friends Reunited and there is a list of people that lived there

Lorraine said...

To Phil, You are about the same age as my sister Janet, my brother was called Barry, my sister used to knock about with Janet Prowse and Barry used to knock about with Ian Prowse. I do remember your family, If my memory serves me right, there was an alley way between yours and the Tolfrees that used to lead round the back to ours. Dont know if you can remember when my dad used to park his wagon outside of our house. I moved away not long after my mum died, well in fact I have now lived up here for the last 35years

Anonymous said...

just got hold of an old newspaper dated 1950s wth a picture taken of children in longfellows hall if anyone ,s interested plz reply phil m p.s its to do wth the royals wedding tie celebrations?

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Anonymous said...

lorraine.would it be stuart who married lynn?

lorraine said...

When you ask if that was stuart that married lynn i am not sure who you are referring to. If it was in referrence to me mentioning my cousin that lived in washington road, then his name was anthony bicknell and he worked in macfisheries. Oh by the way Jimmy i am still waiting for you to give me some more clues

Anonymous said...

Please take your chat elsewhere, I am bored of listening about people of I have no idea who they are! Just e-mail each other or go on friends reunited

Anonymous said...

helo worcester parker,s does any one no when the housing in browning ave were built? and what thoses concrete sheds in 46 47 were for? phil m

Anonymous said...

also i would be gratefull if anyone has opictures of browning ave past the houses road, ect phil m

Alex said...

Here, here Jimmy. I know nothing about anyone mentioned here, but I've found it an interesting read.

Anonymous, if you don't like these posts, why don't YOU go on friends reunited - if you've ever had any. Otherwise, you will probably find some likeminded characters either outside KFC or inside the Cazbar.

Anonymous said...

This conversation certainly does count as ancient history, as far as I can see it goes back to well before schools had been invented, maybe even the early days of spelling!

Lorraine said...

Hi Jimmy and Phil. I agree with what you said Jimmy the ones that don't like what we are talking about probably don't even know what Worcester Park used to be like. Most of my family were born and bred in WP, pity there are some people who want to turn it into a chavs town. Do they not know that history concerns places, people. Maybe they have no background to fall upon and they don't like people who have. I see from some of the comments that the huntsman as now changed, my dad spend many a night in there and it was always a place I called into when I did come down there. As for a bit of history I remember when the row of shops leading down to the station had a tab (cigarette to the people that don't understand geordie) machine outside the little sweet shop, those days are long gone. Sorry to hear about your dad Phil and yes I do remember your sisters. Apart from the Prowses I think your family and the tolfrees were one of the biggest families in Browning Avenue.

Jeff said...

Oh, and while we're recording bygone shops of Central Road let's not forget 'Croaky Pokey's' CB radio shop that existed for a brief moment in time in the early 1980s almost next door to John James Gardening. The Citizens Band radio craze had a huge following in Worcester Park circa 1982/83 with regular 'Eye-Balls' ie meetings, at the Sainsbury Car Park at North Cheam on Sunday afternoons.

Anonymous said...

'Croaky Pokey's' CB radio shop! That takes me back – We could always tell when the neighbours were on their CB or DIY Crystal Palace transmitter, since we could never get a stable picture on our TV. Thank goodness it was all as brief as it was! Though at the time of the craze, I was more interested in the delights on offer in the Toy Haven

Anonymous said...

well lorrainne this reminds me of someone you knew.c b user......k9...what citizen bands users remember old johnny? i do ...jimmy

Anonymous said...

young girl get out of my mind? me and you and a dog named boo? sandy shaw, pet clark, i hear you knocking but you cant come in? memories 1960s browning ave w.parkers does anyone remember the wood craft folk? longfellows road, hall outing,s e.c.t.? come on you browner,s let rock the brinster,s phil m

Anonymous said...

hello phil.the helicotptor crash was in the late70s.it came down narrowly missing houses and crashed just past the built up mounds that used to be over the wall in browning.the wreck was there surpisingly for quite a while and all the kids nicking pens and other stuff from it.doesnt anyone on hear remember it.i am not making this up it happened for sure.the bishops i knew well.pinstripe johnny bishop,barbra.jimmy.mad mickey janet and david.what about phil golightly and trevor carroll?..jimmy

Lorraine said...

Hi Phil, You are right Michael did die in a bike crash, his brothers were called Leonard, Chris and Peter they all had scooters, their back garden was full of bits and bobs from different bikes and scooters. There mum was call Peggy and their dad Len. They also had a sister called Peggy but I think that she emigrated to Australia. Can you remember the Millers, I think that they lived at no83. I think they were all girls in that family. I f my memory serves me right they were called, Julie, Susan, Madeline and Laura. Their dad was a bit like Mr Duffy he was always getting drunk. Have you figured out who Jimmy is yet because for the life of me I am at a lost. Lorraine

Anonymous said...

The ladies' outfitters, Claudette, doesn't seem to have been mentioned. I recall my mother buying a hat there for a wedding. My mother recalled the shop having opened when the Caldbeck Parade was built. The daughter then took over the business and it survived until Christmas 1987. It was between the corner of Caldbeck and the jewellers if I recall correctly.

My mother fell out with Morley's bakers and refused to go in there. It was on the corner of Longfellow where Halifax is now. They also had a shop at the top of the hill which became Morgans Valley model railway shop circa 1978, then Model Road and Rail, circa 1983.

Robert Carroll

Paula Short said...

I worked at Worcester Park library in the early 1980's...with Pam, Janet and Pat. Also Joan! And Sue.
I remember Mr Peters as a regular customer.

The children's section was upstairs...storytime on Friday afternoons!

I also remember a lovely woolshop in Central Road called Shepherds Needle...

Happy days!

Roy said...

i have a number of old postcards of central road or cheapside as it was known 100 yrs ago. i also have one or two photos of the high street in the 70's which you're welcome to see.

Worcester Park said...

Roy - I would be fascinated to see them. If you have them scanned, it would be great if you could e-mail them to the blog.

Barry Lane said...

I saw a mention of Philip Golightly a few comments ago. He lived pretty much opposite me in Longfellow Road, either next door to, or two doors away from the Majors (John Major later grew up to do prime minister impressions) at 260. John was then a mate of my uncle, Alan Carpenter, who lived in Longfellow near its junction with Browning Avenue. I was at 215, btw.

Anonymous said...

`helo barry given the fact you lived in longfellow,s road. you must remember the foster,s and the keegan,s phil m

Anonymous said...

oh and Paula i remember the upstairs childrens library was there sticky footprint signs on the floor that lead you to the childrens library?

Barry Lane said...

Hi Anonymous

The Fosters ring a bell or two; not sure about the Keegans. Where was the library? It's been more years than I care to recall, sadly, and what was once a memory is now only mush. I lived at 215, at the Green Lane end of Longfellow and went to Cheam Common and then Green Lane Junior, moving on to Beverley at New Malden in, oh, 1963 or 64.

roland said...

i lived in worcester park between 1964 and 2008.i seem to recall a toy shop next door to camera continental,now a motor factors.the greengrocers opposite the old macfisheries was called lognmans.the lampshade factory in longfellow road was saville shades.i remember the vicar from st.phillips church at the top of the high street used to drive around in a black bmw bubble-car!the guy who used to run the fish and chip shop (opposite the infants school) had a model railway in his back room which he used to run for some of us kids after school every now and then.the toy haven shop was run by an old guy who i think was an ex-army major who had a wooden leg!the newsagent opposite what is now magna curry house ( formaly somraz ) i think was owned by a mrs.clare who drove around in a white triumph tr7.lastly does anyone remember stone place car park before the waitrose building was built and the horrible toilet block that used to be there?

Downwind of the Cock said...

"lastly does anyone remember stone place car park before the waitrose building was built and the horrible toilet block that used to be there?"

Eeee, I remember when Waitrose was all allotments. I also remember when they put a portaloo right by the cottage, sorry, public toilets. We discovered that there was a emergency release handle on the top of the portaloo and that getting on top was made easy by the old toilets! We also discovered that you could stay in them while they automatically cleaned themselves although I wasn't exactly keen to try that....

Anonymous said...

teah i remember well the old storys off stone place car park.the portaloo was 1 of the first i beleive in england put there.i remember a television crew on the evening it opened doing a show for the local evening news.it was 10p and used to play 4 records 1 of which was walking on the moon;if you stood on the toilet and then on to the door handle with 1 foot on the sink you could stay in there while the floor raised up and cleaned itself.the car park was also popular for lorrys from all over europe as well as a drop off for all the french and german students in coaches before they put that 6"6 barrier up.trolley fights drinking sessions,motorbike meets police car chases barn glass roofs conker trees.its a shame its all gone,or was it the youth that went 1st.jumbo.jimbo

Bexx Bissell said...

Has anyone mentione Truform (shoe shop) somewhere near where WH Smith now is? Incidentally Smith's used to be Dillons, and beofore that Preedy's.

Also, I am fairly certain that the chappie who owned Toyhaven was called Mr Strong.

Robin said...

I lived on the 'other side of the tracks', The Hollands from birth until around 1963, and my mother lived there until her death a few years ago. Most of the shops I remember have been mentioned but here's my input anyway. 'Pearsons' a ingredients/provision sort of shop, going up the hill past Lynwood Drive; then where the shop fron bows out was Halls the butcher, followed by a double drapery/material store Freemans. I called into what was Halls last year when I was in the area (now a sort of bric-a-brac cheapo shop) and spoke to the guy telling him I remember when it was a butchers - he showed me the steel hooks still fixed in the ceiling at the back of the shop. On the same side further back across Lynwood Drive past the estate agents before the garage were an excellent Italian Ice Cream parlour (did 1p lollies and ice cream cornets with 'red stuff'from 2p), and a fish/fish & chip shop.
On the other side of the road, after the post office, large greengrocers and Lloyds Bank was a David Greigs (like old fashioned Sainsburys), Goodrichs hardware shop, and a large Coop, with overhead missile cashing system!
The Malden side of the bridge opposite the Worcester pub was a small parade that included newsagent (Trimmers I think, also had a branch opposite the Plough in Old Malden) and a gents hairdresser, Pantlins possibly, a 1 man business?

Anonymous said...

between washington and brinkley you had a sweetshop called smarts,and a really good restaurent called evitas.there was also a hardware and key cutting shop called home and garden.the man who worked there was del and he had a huge st bernard dog.and you could tell the time by what time u would see him walking his dog

isaac said...

does anyone remember the off-license next to the huntsman pub..you could get in and nick what you liked,you had about ten seconds before the old girl got through,party 4s double diamond..sweets....it was a gold mine...another easy place to nick was woolworths...sraight in and out without a nod....my dad had a dustbin out of there once,,cheeky sod stopped to have a chat with the girl at the counter on the way...cool hand luke had nothing on my old man..i dont think i should hide this stuff,as you have all made up your minds on the browning kids already.....this is just a snippet...loads more if you want it

Anonymous said...

yeah i would have 2 second that big time!well not so much the browning comment,but the offie run by reg and girlie;his sister with an unfortunate hunchback. they had a bell that when you opened the door would ring through to the bar and 8 out of ten it would be girlie[who couldnt really see over the counter] coming to serve you. all you needed was 2 people 1 to buy some crisps and the other to have the long lifes away,or even a party of seven.what ever has happened to those great beers proper booze.another great earner was returnable bottles,with grolsch and the old soda siphons that had to be on the bar in pubs in the old days paying the most 15p for grolsch and 40p for soda siphons.every offie was targeted so from month to month 1 of the offies would have all the bottles.i still cant beleive how they didnt cop on.and with a 99 per cent recycling rate unless you smashed 1 ] why did they ever stop it

Anonymous said...

i iremember the off license shop by the huntsman we used to nick corona bottles take em back i lived in browning 60s it was a great little town then and it was the sixties sad its gone down hill but personelly brownings a sad sight to what it was in my time moll born and breed browning ave

Jacey said...

I think its sad when people say WP has gone down hill. I'd rather they say it has changed, like everywhere. Its certainly better still (I moved here in 1989) than a few towns round about but people are still happy to live there.
I came from Leatherhead, a beautiful place in 60s but then wasn't everywhere then? I remember it being described in the AA guide to Brtain as having gabled houses etc. Yes okay, the M25 turned up but there are still lovely bits around the River Mole, Boxhill, Ranmore Common etc and the town centre boasts some great eating places.
I simply can't see why everyone says WP used to be nice. Can't we all accept its fine. Everywhere has empty shops and charity shops and nail shops now and although there were 3 bakers, 2 butchers etc when I arrived, time moves on. Let's just be happy its an okay place.

thollamby1970 said...

Does anyone remember the shops on Dorchester Road? Dorchester stores, a butchers .a greengrocers and a hairdressers?????? Also a secondhand clothes store on corner of st.Phillips ave circa 1980??? Jolleys selling 10p mixture bags and Bejam with their large freezers!!

Robin said...

When I was there you had to go to New Malden to find a Bejams!

Trev White said...

My God this brings back memories!
I was born in Brinkley road in 1964 and grew up in Kingsmead avenue until 1987 when we moved to Ewell. However, all my mates still lived in WP and I still spent a lot of time there until I got married and moved away in '93. So what History have I got stored?
My Nan was an usherette during the war in the Odeon and I remember walking from her house as a kid, from the bottom of Washington road and standing outside the bookies while she went in and placed 5p each way bets of the gee gee's. She'd treat me to a milkshake in Macfisheries cafe if she won!
Grandad along with my 2 uncles (and later my brother) played darts for the North End Tavern.
I bought my sweets from Jolleys, and later my fags from featherstones!
Went to school at Cheam Common infants and Juniors.
Got my books from the kids Library upstairs in the old Library in Windsor Road. I remember that place like it was yesterday!
The car dealer on the corner at the top was a Ford dealer (Fullers) and i remember gazing awestruck at the new Granadas in the 70's.
I worked in Forge Garage in the 80's serving fuel, working for a proper gent, Alan Milbank (if you're reading this Alan, i do hope you're well). A sad day when that place closed it's doors.
We frequented Cagneys Nightclub on a Friday or Saturday. Drank in the Drill (or should that be Drunk in the Drill) and I also remember the offie at the Huntsman.
Dad bought all his supplies from Nunns the builders merchants or Home and Garden. 
I used to have magazines reserved at the little newsagents halfway down the hill on the right.
I remember cashing my wages cheque in the post office at the top and who remembers Symonds Chemists? Symonds junior was a mate.
Used to ride my Orange Raliegh Chopper on a certain Wednesday Night (or was it tuesdays) everu month in the summer to the Hogsmill Pub to see the Mid Surrey Roadsters meet with all their cars!
I remember Preedy's opening with it's massive record section. Mates sister worked there on a saturday.
And their dad was the manager of Radio Rentals.
I had family and friends all over WP. I miss those days. :) 
 

Richard Smith said...

Dear Sir. I used to park in the Lorry Park at nights, nivce & quiet, so I used to walk  up town to Somerfields (this was on a corner) where if it was hot I used to stand by the freezers, I also used to visit Model Road & Rail, (looking at Google Earth this shop appears to have gone, as is the newspaper shop near to the Lorry Park, I think an Indian guy had it.I can remember a shop at the top of town that sold mirrors.Perrings used to have a warehouse just outside of town, by the railway.
Those are my memories of Worcester Park from 1985 till 1997 when our firm closed down
Regards from
Dick Smith

Annseville said...

there was a toy shop there.. had dolls in the window.. bridesmaids dolls in particuliar .. mum bought me one

Jtataryn said...

kevin o sullivan came to stay with us once when he was eight, is jimmy a doulton

rmcleod68 said...

I remember darling x

Caroline Diment said...

Hi I lived at 48 Browning ave my dad was Christopher O'sullivan and Granadad Jeramiah O'sullivan.We lived at number 48 and i remember all the stuff you talk about especially the old brick built air raid shelter in our back garden.

A-Z said...

I grew up in Kingsmead Avenue between the mid 70s to the mid 80s.

As a kid, my life revolved around the sweetshops Featherstones and Jolleys, both of which did Toffee Crumble...that's the real deal - not that fake crap you get in the retro sweet shops of today....as well as Mojos and fruit flavoured Toffos, Drumsticks, Fruit Salads etc.

I bought my first ever 7" record from Preedys, and yes I also remember Mac Market that had a logo which I'm sure was a brown circle with an orange outline, and then four triangular segments with an orange outline....much like a Trivial Pursuit gaming piece.

Radio Jackie used to be above one of the shops on the opposite side of the road to Broadway Bargains, when it was a pirate station. I remember the day it got closed down - they asked everyone to drive past and beep their car horns in protest...so my brother and I made our dad drive past a few times and beep his horn in his Chrysler Avenger lol.

Barn Glass used to be on the corner of Lindsay Road - don't ask me why I remember that :/.

There used to be the main Post Office on the corner of Green Lane I think, opposite the pub, though as a kid it was a real adventure to travel down that far!

I also used to cycle down to Malden Manor sometimes if I felt daring, but I just remember this concrete jungle full of peasants and a few scabby looking shops.

Phillipa Elliott said...

I used to live above the material shop between Washington road and Brinkley road, the shop was called the spinning wheel. My mum and dad owned the shop. I have lots of knowledge of the shops between 1977 and 1994, will be happy to help out

Guest said...

I remember when Ocean fish bar had the height of tech - a zx81 and black n white portable telly. The fore runner to today's EPOS systems :-)

Brendan said...

Hi Phillipa, call in to see Brendan at Pets Place. I am trying to piece together the old high street

Guest said...

Someone mentioned the Woodcraft Folk on this post about 5 years ago.I used to go when I was a kid. It was run out of the co-op hall (now Busy Bees I think) in Longfellow Road. It was moved to Green Lane Primary in the mid eighties for some reason. There was also a branch on Tolworth Broadway in the hall above what is now Iceland. The Woodcraft Folk was nothing to do with wood working as the name might suggest but similar to the scouts with sound eco values and open to boys and girls. Some considered it to be a hippie movement but it really wasn't. My friends and I had so much fun going camping several times a year and I truely believe it helped me develop the principles by which I live today. Good times.

Guest said...

Comberley Furniture shop was next to the green grocers close to the old petrol station next to the Huntsman.
Worked for Alex Comberley & his wife for a few years. had two daughters, one called Beverley and the other one who's name escapes me married and the old shop in the road off the high street was converted back into a house for them to live in. (Maybe Longfellow Road).

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