Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Stratford Road Shops



The second tranche of shops developed along the Stratford Road between Radcliffe and Cambridge Streets.
The Roman Catholic Church, St Francis de Sales, stood at the corner of Radcliffe Street and next to it, at Number 22 was the Presbytery. There were relatively few Roman Catholic families in North Bucks in the 1950s. I expect that proportion has changed in the intervening years.
Numbers 23 and 24 were private residences.
I am not sure about this but I think there was a shop here that sold prams. They may well have sold other goods of a similar nature. The name of the shop may have been Chamberlain and Norman; I am really not sure.
At Number 26 the Eastern Electricity Board had their showrooms. All large electrical appliances - cookers, fridges, electric fires - could be purchased here, or viewed here and purchased somewhere else. The Gas Board had a similar showroom on the corner of Buckingham Street and Radcliffe Street.
The shop wiyth the yellow frontage was Newson's - drapers and haberdashers. They also had the franchise to supply girl's school uniform for the Grammar School. Boys were supplied from Chowns on Church Street. Earlier in the 1950s this shop was occupied by B J Chaplin, who also had a similar shop in New Bradwell.
At Number 28, Lake Brothers, Ironmongers, Gunsmiths and hobby retailers.
Number 29, which is now obviously a greengrocer, was Barclays Bank. There was no awning' a plain frontage, solid oak double doors, and a brass plate on the wall. Opening hours were 10 to 3. It was assumed in those days that the only people using banks (business and some members of the middle class) would be able to fit into bankers hours. Working people in the 1950s were paid in cash weekly; they had no need for banks. In fairness to the banks, ledgers were still maintained in pen and ink, and they probably needed the two hours at the end of the day to cash up and complete their ledgers.

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