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keanjo
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Posted - 05/09/2015 :  16:25:34 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I thought Hughes was a gents outfitters run by Mr & Mrs Hugheds , Mrs Hughes was Danny Shink's daughter .Many forum members will remember Danny Shink's who owned the shop opposite Glanhowy School.
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ike
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 05/09/2015 :  17:05:14 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Keanjo Hughes and sons was lower down same side towards the clock,.\sold every thing from bicycles to marbles and more.! Ron Hughes was above the Castle Hotel also I believe Quick & Haydn.
Mrs Hughes was indeed Danny Jenkins's daughter, sister to Crawford.

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keanjo
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 05/09/2015 :  17:45:24 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Where was the coop cake shop in Castle St .I remember queueing for cakes in the war .Six cakes each but only one cream horn. The vicar or curate came to tea on Fridays and always nicked the cream horn .Who remembers Father Fennel - always rode a bike wearing his cassock ?
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keanjo
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 05/09/2015 :  19:25:54 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well Father Fennel wore the cassock, not the bike!
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milkman
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Posted - 05/09/2015 :  21:34:28 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes- Remember Francis Fennell.
Just below Gasparinis were a couple of interesting shops (for young lads) One was Georges but cannot remember if they sold the sweets or cakes and there was another . (Cannot recall name of the other shop)
Emrys will remember since his business was just below.
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milkman
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 05/09/2015 :  21:39:37 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Roman Grill was run by Maria Cordani (married name Thomas).
She now lives in Gerrards Cross but is not too well.
Her son contributed to Gardner's Troed website before Pierre; he serves in fleet Air Arm (It prob has a different name now).
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Gezza
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Australia
59 Posts

Posted - 06/09/2015 :  07:55:42 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does any forum member know what become of the chinese family that ran the laundry on commercial street? My wife attended Earl Street school in the 50s and the daughter of the family was a fellow pupil there.
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margaret briggs
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 06/09/2015 :  18:41:47 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Below Gasparinis fish and chip shop were. Peter Georges sweet shop,then Miss Jenks,then Mr and Mrs Davies who sold fruit and veg.Their daughter Audrey married Jim Taylor who had a shop in Charles St.
Next there was a grocery shop,an old lady Mrs Bennet kept it and Olwen Morgan from Station Road worked there for many years.Next was Mimmsie Green who sold clothing. Then I believe it was Derricks.
There was a photogrsphers shop in Derricks (cannot remember before or after Jack) think it was Ron Jenkins from down the tip. Again we depend on Emrys to let us know.

Just remembered there was another chippy across from Gaspas Ma and Pa Dobson. They lived in Church St and had 2 sons one was called Bernard not sure if he was the policman in London or the other one.

Lovely memories of good old days
MARGARET
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fredd
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Posted - 06/09/2015 :  20:24:52 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can remember Stan the Barber being that side as well, .
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emrys
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Posted - 06/09/2015 :  23:50:59 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My brother, Jack Derrick, purchased the shop in question (15 Church St)from the Wolfson Brothers, mens outfitters,.and occupied it until he was forced to sell by the scurvy council of the day.
In 1947 Ron Jenkins opened up his photography studio in the shop
but I can't recall if it had other occupants besides the PIONEER CHECK< C0,after he left and before Jack purchased it..Emrys.
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margaret briggs
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 07/09/2015 :  07:36:38 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just going back over the pictures of Commercial St. With Rabbiots and Red Lion on. I remember the small shop between was Nuths,he had a wet
fish slab in the front and the fish would be displayed on it.
When I was small my mother would go there for fresh fish and there was a lovely lady working there for Mr Nuth with the most georgus blond hair and I believe she lived up West Hill.

As for the Chinese children from the laundry,the only one I remember was Hor Chang.He went to Earl St school with my son in the early 60s.He was a brilliant scholar and I did hear he came back to a school reunion a few years back and I believe then living in London.

MARGARET
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pierre
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Posted - 30/09/2015 :  19:26:14 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Many thanks to Huw for some great photos of bus's going along Commercial street.
Shall we start the ball rolling

In the background you can see the shop called "Pearks".

What did it sell ?



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butch
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United Kingdom
1972 Posts

Posted - 30/09/2015 :  20:25:36 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pearks was a general store just like the Home and Colonial, the Maypole.
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ShelleyW
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Posted - 30/09/2015 :  20:36:49 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The shop where the lorry is parked and the blind on the front is Winters butchers where I still work.the sop which is Pearks is where the coffee shop is today .
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smokey
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Posted - 30/09/2015 :  22:51:35 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pearks was known as the Meadow
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pierre
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Posted - 03/10/2015 :  11:14:19 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
..and other great shop, showing Batemans in the background, and the corner of boots :o)



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butch
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Posted - 03/10/2015 :  13:40:12 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great photos, and look how clean the pavements are, not a weed in sight, how times have changed, and not for the better!!!!.
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ddraig
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 03/10/2015 :  13:57:48 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i was just thinking the exact thing butch! clean pavements can't see any spotty bits of gum either
Great photos

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keanjo
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 03/10/2015 :  14:38:53 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The buses are spotless. Windows gleaming and the driver in uniform and wearing a tie.Standards were much higher.
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Huwm
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Posted - 11/10/2015 :  16:41:21 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Pierre for uploading these photos. The first picture dates from July 1962, whilst the second was taken in July 1970.
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fredd
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Posted - 11/10/2015 :  18:27:56 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Two Cracking Photo,s Huw ! Keep them coming . . !
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pierre
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Posted - 21/10/2015 :  13:56:51 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is another, great stuff



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Daleks
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Posted - 26/10/2015 :  16:20:42 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My mother told me once that she went to school in the 1920's with a son of the jewish family that kept a shop at that location and he went on to become a professor in Manchester University. His surname was Cohen.


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Originally posted by emrys

My brother, Jack Derrick, purchased the shop in question (15 Church St)from the Wolfson Brothers, mens outfitters,.and occupied it until he was forced to sell by the scurvy council of the day.
In 1947 Ron Jenkins opened up his photography studio in the shop
but I can't recall if it had other occupants besides the PIONEER CHECK< C0,after he left and before Jack purchased it..Emrys.

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Geraldine
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Germany
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Posted - 30/10/2015 :  15:14:44 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am a lot younger than quite a few contributors but noone has mentioned "Morgans the Butcher" in Castle Street on the opposite side to the Castle Hotel.The butcher whose name was John Morgan, died suddenly in the 1950s and his wife Ethel continued running the shop. I remember that one of the young men who worked for her was Colin but I can't remember his second name. They sold delicious faggots and the meat was of a high quality. i remember going there on a Saturday to buy a "nice piece of beef for about 10 shillings" for my mother.
What about Gomer Evans the barber and his wife Rita the hairdresser.? Their shop was next to Owens the fishmonger and greengrocer wasn't it.?
They moved to the South coast when they retired.
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butch
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United Kingdom
1972 Posts

Posted - 30/10/2015 :  17:04:23 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Geraldine, you are correct about Morgan's the Butcher, the young man you refer to is Colin Taylor who is now in his eighties. (By the way) you can't be too much younger than me if you can remember that far back
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