Greengrocery Round 1940s and 50s Style
In the late 1940s and early 50s, Edward Sargent, known by all the locals as Ted, ran a greengrocery round in the Benfleet area. The business operated from the family home at 44 Melcombe Road.
Ted was ably assisted by his family and in the first picture above he can be seen in his greengrocer’s overall with his father Harry holding the horse, his son John sitting on the cart holding the reins and daughter Margaret holding the basket.
Ted’s round included many of the local roads and at this time a large proportion were little more than unmade tracks. The second photo of the horse and cart was taken outside the family home in Melcombe Road.
The last photo shows ‘Sadlers Villa’ which is located on the north side of the London Road, to the east of Sadlers Farm. The house belonged to Margaret’s grandparents and Margaret recalls spending many happy hours as a child playing in the very large garden of the property.