Helping out in the sweet shop
I lived in Totland Road in the sixties; I can remember Homewood’s on one corner of Sandown Road and Trenchard’s on the other corner. Further down was Mr. Smith the greengrocer and Sylvia his daughter; then there was the sweet shop owned by the Kempshalls and later Mr and Mrs Knightley; I used to help out in the shop for a bit of pocket money. Further down Elm Grove was the chip shop owned by Mr Greenfield, then there was ‘Old Nicks’ the junk shop owned by Mrs Boniface; Mr. Moon the barber was next door, then Mr. Devreaux the newsagent. Further down on the corner of Brading Road was the pet shop owned by Mr. and Mrs Jarman; on the opposite corner was Tobias’s sweet shop.
Coal and ice cream from the garage
Across the road was Clarke’s the bakers then there was another other green grocers but I do not remember the name. I remember the Labour Club and the launderette; the post office was on the next corner. Continuing down the road there was Ceaplen’s chimney sweep, and on the corner of Luther Street was a hardware store which sold paraffin. Baker’s garage was in Brading Road and on the corner of Bernard Place was the Reed’s corner shop. At the bottom of Totland Road there was also a grocery shop run by a lady whose name I can’t remember. On the corner of Hallett Road Mr and Mrs Sullivan used to sell coal and ice cream from their garage.
Lots happening at St Wilfrid’s
Further up Elm Grove by the hospital, was a centre for the down and out people which used to open at 4 o’clock; Bob Shepherd from Totland Road used to work there. In Whippingham Road was The Hartington pub which was run by Mr and Mrs Noakes who had a daughter called Jane. I can also remember Father Gimblett was the vicar of St. Wilfrid’s Church. St Wilfrid’s Hall always had something going on there; Brownies with Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Collinghamm; the Youth Club with Laurie Wellard and Shirley. Well, how time has changed Elm Grove, its side streets are now full of cars. Oh to be young again.
Do you remember?
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