Memories of the 1950s
In the 1950’s there was a useful range of shops on the west side of London Road in Preston Village.
Beside South Road there were some tea rooms, then Munday’s (a toyshop), Ambrose (tobacconists) and the Preston Bakery. Durrant’s (a sweetshop run by a little old lady) was beside Inskip’s the Chemists, with its large bottles of coloured liquid in the windows. The Post Office (Butler’s) was next, on the corner opposite the Crown and Anchor.
Woodwards the butcher’s was beside the Belgravia Dairy, and was a traditional butcher’s shop with sawdust on the floor and hanging carcasses. The proprietor usually wore a straw hat, and all the staff wore aprons. The shop’s bill heads were printed with a picture of a Southdown sheep.
Between the pub and Teetgen’s the Grocers (on the corner opposite Brittains Garage), there was an assortment of shops, including Dorothy’s (haberdashery), Braybons the buiders and the Belgravia Dairy (eventually taken over by Holes and Davigdor).
Brittain’s Garage had a large showroom, and I remember the shocking pink millionth Morris Minor on display there. My Grandma bought a new Morris Oxford there in 1954 – PCD 444. It was sold after she died in 1970 with only about 16,000 miles on the clock.