The couple in the photo are my great grandparents John and Georgina Wood. Kelly’s Directory has John Wood living at that address from 1911 through to 1923. If I were to guess, I would assume they had it taken at Christmas soon after they moved in (if you look closely it looks like bunches of holly hanging outside and a frieze round the middle of the windows depicting snow). When World War One broke out, other family members came to live at this shop. Had the photo been taken from 1914 onwards, they might well have been in the picture.
There’s an interesting story about Mr A. Puddick, whose name is over the shop. My uncle told me he used to run an illegal bookmaking operation from the back room of the greengrocers. It was the days before Gamblers Anonymous! There are stories of well dressed gentlemen coming into the shop to place bets, who would eventually be reduced to poverty by their losses.
The shop has hardly changed. The present tenants told me the left hand window was only replaced about three years ago.