Queens Road Memories
Shops that I can remember
By Arthur Hall
Queens Road had a variety of shops: there was Boots which had a corner position, Beale’s a ladies shop, I believe a member of the Beale family was a Watford Councillor, Cullen’s the grocers, who had an unusual method of receiving payment, you would hand your money to the shop assistant, who would place it in a container, and attach it to a conveyance, which acted like a catapult, after a cord was pulled, and then released, the container would be conveyed along a sloping stretched cable at speed to a cashier sitting high up in a kiosk, the cashier would then deal with the payment, and return the container back down the slope, which now contained your change, and receipt.
Then there was Russell’s the electrical shop, The Technical College, Liptons grocers, Pearks grocers, Trewin’s departmental store, Carr’s second hand book shop, Lloyd Cooper motor cycles, Simble’s tool & ironmongers, the Co-op had a complete self contained store furniture & clothes, shoes etc., and Fad’s/Dunns wallpaper & paint shop.
Further along the road was a Water Trough for Horses, and there was a factory that made tape recorders, I believe it was called ‘Walthams’ . Queens Road continued on towards Woodford Road at Watford Junction.