Nostalgia 1940 to date
By Arthur Hall
What can I add to which has already been mentioned…
I miss seeing shops that I remembered, most of which have been replaced by new shops in ‘Shopping Centres’ or ‘Supermarkets’. The shops I miss, were competitive, and had window displays which you enjoyed gazing at: Steabans the gents outfitters, Burtons etc., Jewellers Morse, H. Samuel, Maitlands. Butchers, Dumbletons, Gibsons, Dewhursts, Fishers. Off Licences, Findlaters etc. The department stores, Cawdells, Trewins, and Clements.
The old market, what a great selection of traders. If you entered by the entry next to Henry Kingham, you met a row of greengrocers, Browns, Southwoods, Bone, Turners. What a variety, from day old chicks & pets, to crockery, silks & Satins, even ice cream, Ceresales & Grillos. Shoe shops, Saxone, Dolcis, Freeman Hardy & Willis, Hiltons, and many more. Bakers, Brightons, Garners, Bucks, Spurriers. Wet fish shops Anchor & Mackfisheries. Restaurants: Bicards. A.B.C. Lyons, Bucks, The Regency Tea Room. Fish & Chips shops, Duce, and Westons. Music, Elliotts. We had a good selection of what is now described as D.I.Y and Electrical Shops.
Nostalgia takes me back, and I am more than sure that I could continue mentioning many places that I miss. Sadly competition to-day is very limited, old names may still exist on packaging, but the names are often owned by one organisation.