The High Road has changed, of that there is no doubt. The basic structure remains the same, the buildings are still very much the same but the trades are different. As our shopping habits have altered, so, too, have the shops.
We would like to document the transformation of our High Road – to see how many changes we can recall. Here are a few examples to jog your memory.
This charming picture of the parade in the High Road evokes memories of the 1960s. The shops, still familiar, have changed but on either end we still have a chemist and a newsagent. Lloyds Bank still remains but do you remember the Post Office, the hairdressers or the hardware shop?
Here we have an early postcard of the High Road between Hope Road and Brook Road. Can you recognise Belgravia Florist. Later Searson’s Shoe shop was next door and Nice’s, a clothes shop. Below are Bleine’s the bakers which has recently become Mr.Brown’s sweet shop and Williams’ butchers, now Tujon windows. The corner shop at Brook Road has undergone many changes including a sweet shop, a carpet shop and a kitchen fitter. (All pictures courtesy of R.F.Postcards, John Downer and Eileen Gamble)
We will gradually add to this page, to build up as complete a picture as we can of our past. People we speak to have fond memories of those bygone days. Please help if you can.