The lost shops and business of this area...
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No 37 Roslyn Rd was the last one to go and it's shop credentials are still evident. The corner door and 'shop windows' remain. Though it closed as D H March's Builders office, back in 1939, the March family previously used this for 'general' dealing, so says that year's Kelly Directory. Whilst, across the road, Albert Cannock, was dealing in furniture
Still thriving, the public house, The Kensington Arms on Stanley Rd, but was originally described as the Kensington Hotel, with Frank Edwards, as the proprietor.
Edward Stewart's hairdressers traded opposite. Though back in 1914, this is where the coal merchant Mr George Stacy traded. It was previously home to another coal merchant come Furniture Remover Henry Turner.
The Stacey family may have moved premises from the bottom of Stanley Rd but continued trading with a corner shops at the end of Lansdown Rd. Grocer/newsagent Peter Bridle traded at 42 Lansdown Rd from 1902 until 1906 Ada Emily Bridle took over. In 1927, she became Mrs Stacey and is still recorded as the shopkeeper in 1939, whilst Mary Stacey traded on the corner opposite, in her grocery shop.
Mary continued trading throughout the war but the shop at 42, remembered for it's sweets, had passed to Mrs Margaret Tindell by 1947.
The building at the bottom of Brighton Rd oddly was never business but it was home to The St Saviour's Mens Club.
However, the 2 buildings between Lansdown and Brighton Rds, did have business connections.
The red brick one was mainly used for storage and possibly as a garage, whilst the stone built one was as a stable.
Originally for Henry Diaper's horse, he owned a 'Hansom' cab and within living memory for Fred Guppy's pony. Fred used his horse and cart to collect fruit and vegetables from the market and make deliveries to local houses.
Fred Guppy's greengrocery and off licence was well known, situated near the top of Lansdown Rd. He used it's deep cellar to keep the fruit and veg fresh and to store the alcohol. Open from 8.00am until 10.00pm, the original convenience store.
His was not the only shop there, along the alley between Lansdown and Stanley Rds stood a much missed Evans's Fish and Chip shop and Mrs Davies's off licence and grocery.
A rough sweep through local trading history as gleaned from The Matthews and Kelly's Directories,
the excellent 'Redland Not So Long Ago' compiled by Barry Williamson and the valuable memories of local residents...
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