Harry Croydon’s shop
In 1970 I lived in Islingword Street with my parents Eileen & Dennis, my nan, sister and brother. I was 13 years old and I had a paper round at Harry Croydon’s shop on the corner of Jersey Street and Southover Street; it was on the lower side and is now a house. I had an evening round, which was just delivering the Evening Argus and a Sunday morning round. The evening round was alright as it was just down Jersey Street, then down Albion Hill to the high rise flats in Grove Hill, Highlea so it was not too strenuous.
A fitness exercise
As for the Sunday round, well this was an exercise in fitness itself. For a start I had two bags; one to hold the papers and the other to hold the money. It was safe in those days to walk around with a load of money on you. The papers were the old style massive ones, Times, Telegraph etc with all the supplements. The money was the old pounds/shillings and pence, big half crowns and florins. So as you can imagine I was weighed down quite considerably, and on a wet day it was worse. It got even worse when I tell you the route of my round. I went down Jersey Street, then up Albion Hill, probably the steepest hill in the area. Then I went along Toronto Terrace, down Islingword Road into Ewart Street and back down to the shop.
Do you remember?
All that hard work and effort resulted in wages of 3/6d or 17 and a half pence in new money. We used to get 1 shilling, 5p in new money for each evening round. Did you live in the area at this time? Maybe I delivered your papers? If you have any memories to share, please leave a comment below.