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Updated November ’18

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This section comprises lists of the retail traders that occupied our local parades in the middle of the 20th century… and a few associated anecdotes.  The lists have been compiled from the copious collection of Kelly's - and more latterly, Kemp’s, Local - street directories that adorn the shelves of the Local History section at the Harrow Civic Centre Library:

The Belmont Circle suite of parades

In 1962
From the south, heading north-west up Kenton Lane - then going clockwise around the Circle:
Next to the farm on Kenton Lane (opposite Clifton Avenue) by a huge oak tree, was Dirty Dicks Cafe.  Dozens of rats ran out when it was pulled down.  The adjacent fields were temporarily a cow-field and turned into allotments during the war. - John Collier (John's evacuation to Staffordshire.)
No. Kenton Lane  
395 Harcliffe Motors {In 1961} I remember having to regularly cycle to a café at Harcliffe Motors to fetch bacon rolls for my boss.  The café was an integral part of the garage and was to the right-hand side.  Having looked at the garage on Google Streetview, I would say that it was the part under the canopy with the windows and glazed door.  It is much as I remember it from 50 years ago.  It was a BP station I believe. - Robert Tayler
397 Glass - butcher  
399 Williams Bros. - grocer  
401 Wiffen Bros - greengrocer  
403 Pollard - fishmongerOpen-fronted style premises.
405Denre - hair stylist; Savá - hair stylist 
 Warwick Parade 
3Ellingtons - newsagents and Post Office (by pedestrian crossing.)  
4 P Ward - fruiterer. Open-fronted premises with steel, collapsible, lattice gates;  had numerous, spinning, sticky fly-strips hanging from the ceiling.
5Hugh Lloyd - chemist  
6Spurriers - baker  
6 W P Wenzal Derek Wenzal was the lad I knew who lived in the flat over Spurriers.  His dad was a director of the company.  He worked in Cato's as his first job and used to have one of those delivery bikes with a carrier on the front.

There were two brothers, John and Derek, and two daughters.  The elder one, about my age, was Eileen, the much younger one I can't remember.  That's old age kicking in.  I am 79 now (2016). 
My younger brother Tony lives in Chestnut Avenue Pinner and one day he discovered Derek Wenzel lived at the bottom of his road.  That was strange.
John Wentzel now has a shop (or did anyway) in Pinner which produces the best bread for miles. - Peter Ault
7Walton, Hassell & Port - provisions  
7W Fox Bro.  
8 Dewhurst - butcher  
9 Catos (on corner) - hardwareWe used to buy our paraffin, Aladin Pink, here (see "Laings homes - heating" section).  Numerous refilled 1 gallon paraffin containers, with their long spouts, were stood in a line just inside the door.  You needed to be vigilant and check that the container that you were offered for collection was not in worse condition than the one that you had deposited a few days earlier. - E.B.

The man in Catos was a real misery.  When I used to get turps for my Dad, he would take the can in silence and fill it out the back.  His only words were "Nine pence". - John Collier

I had to collect manure from Braziers farm in a builders hand-cart for my Dad's gardening.  I managed to tip the lot, by accident, at the alley entrance behind Catos.  It seemed like every neighbour came by and saw me shovelling it back on the cart.  The shame of it all. - John Collier
Kenmore Ave. is here 
Station Parade 
1, 2, 3 (Opp. Catos) Circle House - radio and TV Sold records (78s); suffered from a steeply sloping floor (following the slope of the pavement as it went up over the bridge.)
4Winifreds - ladies wear 
6Victoria Wine 
7Scottish Dyers and Cleaners 
8F W Poole - butcher  
9A L Payne and Son - grocer  
10Belmont Building Supplies  
11 Clark’s - toys; then, latterly, stationer and Post Office  
12Stanley Barton - hair stylist 
13F & J Hare - photographers; then Belmont Building Supplies 
14Belmont Building Supplies 
Belmont and Kenton Lane - A ‘cow field’ was opposite the end of Beverley Gardens and is now the site of St Joseph’s Children’s Centre.  Thinking of Kenton Lane and ‘cow fields’, I seem to remember there still being a small ‘token herd’ of cows at Kenton Lane Farm, home of J H Braziers dairy around 1960.  I think that I still have one of their milk bottles in the loft.  I worked in my school holiday in 1957 at Preston Road Dairy (R F Brazier) where we put cream from Kenton Lane Farm into cartons and milk from Carpenders Park Farm, Oxhey Lane (S A Brazier) into bottles.  I guess all these small dairies have now been swallowed up.

During my time working in Kenton Lane during 1960-61, I was a trainee surveyor for the building of, what is now, Magnolia Court.  Our site office was the old newsagents (previously an estate agents office) that stood on the corner.  I remember taking my air-pistol into work to shoot the rats that sometimes showed themselves in the office during quiet moments when I was there on my own.

Whilst at the same job, I remember that the brewer's were delivering at 'The Duck in the Pond' pub opposite.  Whilst their attention was elsewhere, a very large full wooden barrel of beer began to roll away unnoticed.  It gathered speed down the slope of the pub entrance drive and safely sped across the relatively quiet Kenton Lane and came to a halt in the site entrance.  There was a hasty discussion amongst some of the builders as to whether to roll it out of sight but it was soon missed, so was quickly returned.  The outcome was different however when a box of apples fell off a greengrocers lorry as it turned too fast into College Hill Road and disappeared into the distance.  We enjoyed the fruit with our lunch for the rest of the week. - Robert Tayler

To the west of the bridge, were fields either side of the road, with cows grazing - no fences.  During the War there was hardly any traffic and, if they wanted, cows could just stray across the road.  The railway line ran along the eastern edge of the field.  At the far end of the field was a pond where we used to catch newts etc.  We often played in the cow field.  One morning, after an air raid, we found big bundles of chaff.  These comprised paper strips 1 inch wide, black one side, silvered the other.  Chaff was dropped by german bombers to confuse our radar.

There was a large builders' site-office belonging to Ruddock and Meighan on the verge near the cow field gate.  It was about 25 x 12 feet and had dozens of 12 x 12 inch window panes and was not used in the War.  With all that glass and hundreds of kids passing-by, going to Fisher Road School, it was a miracle (or was it just good behaviour) that after six years not one window was broken. - John Collier

 Kenton Lane - crossing at the bridge:
While Belmont station was being constructed - during 1938/9 - a temporary platform comprising a long concrete strip was built on the south side of the bridge.  It was still there years later…  and indeed may still be there.


A "Rattler".  Tank Engine No. 41220
(Class-130, 2-6-2T - fitted for 'Push-Pull' operation)
approaching the Vernon Drive foot crossing
c. 1950.  © Peter Ault.

Both to the north of the station and also to the south of the temporary platform a few metres from the main track and parallel to it, were 'sand trap' brakes - short sidings in which the rails were covered by sand (retained in long, open-top boxes about 18" wide & deep).  If a train didn't stop and give a key to the signalman, it would be diverted into the sand trap (about 100 yards-long… with buffers).  This was to prevent a head-on collision with an oncoming train.  The errant train was to slow down gradually and hopefully stop before the buffers.  As far as I know they were never used.

We used to make sand castles etc., until the porter came under the bridge to shout and shake his fist at us.  We would retreat to my friend's back garden for 10 minutes then carry on playing with the sand.  In the war we couldn't go to the seaside - the beaches were mined.  Playing in these sand traps was the next best thing.

Mr Cotton worked in the ticket office.  The Cottons lived above 'Bees and Tees', the grocer, opposite the railway booking office.  When her husband was on late shift, Mrs Cotton would take supper over to him.  One evening she came out of booking hall, looked up, only to see flames coming out of her kitchen window.  Rushing back she found her little boy had thrown lighted matches out of the window.  One must have blown back and set light to the curtains.

We sometimes used to sit on the bottom steps of the level crossing (in a cutting between Belmont and Stanmore).  Since we were precariously close to the track, the engine driver would squirt hot water at us to make us go away.  We also put coins, nails and other small things on the line - unlike today when they put on chunks of concrete, trying to derail the train.

I often went on the 'Belmont Ratler' to go fishing with nets at Stanmore.  The return fare for boys was one-and-a-half old pence.  Often the train was empty both ways apart from my two friends and me - but sometimes it was packed with RAF men {for Bentley Priory - Fighter Command Headquarters}. - John Collier
508Finlays - tobacconist; Pleasure Brews (’70s) 
506W H Blackler & Co. - estate agents 
504Dorson Bakeries 
502F & J Hare - photographers; Sunflower - flower shop 
500Belmont Fisheries; Pollards Fish Bar Open-fronted with steel, collapsible, lattice gates; retained the original, marble slabs.
498Pearks - grocer; Vivienne-Ellis - gift cards, jewellery During WW II, metal parts of a tank trap (comprising bent railway lines) were normally stacked on the pavement between numbers 500 and 498.  When in use, they were intended to slot into the road, but when not deployed (by the Home Guard) were stacked against the concrete part of the trap (on the pavement).

One poor woman, whilst shopping in Pearks, became histerical on being told that her little boy had been tragically killed by the metal parts of the tank trap falling on him. - John Collier

The Circle in 1940-ish - from H/H, Volume 3, page 28.
Continuing round the Circle from "Pearks Corner"… as it's named here.


The Circle c.1950 taken from the flat above Spurriers.
The bus shelter has attracted a few moist customers.  Copyright Peter Ault.

  Station Parade (continues:)  
15Sketchley - dyer and cleaner (by zebra crossing)  
16Walker - fruiterer and florist.   My mum preferred Walkers rather than Wiffen Bros (next to Williams Bros opposite the cinema).  Most greengrocers used to boil the beetroots out the back.  They took hours to cook - producing great clouds of steam in the process.  In the winter it looked like the place was on fire.  During the War, huge queues used to form when bananas came in about once a year. - John Collier.
17Wests - butcher  
18Nicholls & Co. Ltd. - outfitter  
19Henry Solomons - greengrocer and fruiterer  
21Tesco Food Fair  
22W & E Turner - boots and shoes  
23Boots - chemist - ideal for chemicals e.g. sodium chlorate (for pipe-bombs) - EB.
As kids, we went into the chemists at Belmont and asked for the ingredients for gun-powder - we were served without question…  and we bought baby-bottle teats - which puzzled the chemist…  we squirted water at each other with them. - John Collier
24H Wilkins, radio.  During the war, batteries were like gold dust - when they had them. - John Collier
During the '50s a "Radio" sign hung outside.  A young chap in a white dust-coat would test valves. - EB
25F W Woolworth & Co. Ltd.  Double-frontage.  
26Crown Wallpaper  
27Weevit - ladies wear - wools, haberdashery, hosiery; Donaldson and Co. - estate agents (’70s)  
Off-licence, half-width frontage 
 Belmont Hotel 
 here is Weston Drive 
Weston Drive

"Sand bin" corner.  (The weird looking device, bottom left, is the top of a gas street lamp).
Only two cars?  That was our world pre the mid-1950s. - Copyright Peter Ault.

During the war, where the garage is now, there used to be a sand bin.  It was a heavy iron construction - looking like Brunel made it - about 8 x 3 and 3ft high with a very heavy iron clasp, but no padlock.  It was galvanised, but the salt in the sand had corroded the bottom panels.  The sand was for the circle road when it was icy in winter - but, when it had no sand in it, one of us kids would hide inside with the catch fastened.  You could just see out through a gap.  When people went past, the occupant would call out "Help, Help" while others watched from behind the stinging nettles.  The shocked passer-by would ask "How did you get in there?"  "Some boys put me in here." came the reply, as we all laughed our heads off whilst hidden.  Then it was another's turn in the bin.  Good, harmless fun.

That whole corner was a field from Weston Drive to the cinema and Kenton Lane.  It was full of very high stinging nettles and had a path across it.  After the war, the first ice cream seller came on a tricycle to that edge of the field.  I think he lived in Weston Drive. - John Collier
 Belmont Essoldo cinema - earlier 'The Plaza'.  
Long queues formed outside The Plaza, running back down Kenton Lane, when films like Bambi, Snow White and Fantasia were on.

Next to The Plaza cinema (my mum was a cleaner there), during the war, was a big static water tank 40 x 40 x 5 feet for the fire brigade.  When the fire brigade filled it they had hoses across the road from the circle.  A man came from Weston Drive on a bike.  He didn't ride over the ramps put down for cars, but thought he could ride over the hoses, thinking they would squash.  His bike hit the hose, stopped, threw him over the handlebars and he landed on his head with a sickening thud.  I remember he was bald.  After about 30 minutes he recovered and went on his way - knowing a little more about hydraulic pressure.

There were also smaller, round concrete tanks 6 x 5 feet deep which were placed at the flat's entrances by the tank-traps and next to Glasses butchers.  After the war they were emptied and stored in the alley in Kenmore Ave.  A little girl from the first house was playing in one.  She had her fingers under it when it rolled and crushed them - I think they were saved.  Her name was Sylvia Sparkes; her father owned a hire car firm.

Opposite The Plaza was The British Restaurant and Alf's Café.  Alf's Café, if you remember, had boards by the counter with wide gaps.  If you dropped money you lost it.  We used to say Alf got it later when closed.  One evening we looked through the windows and saw a navvy sleeping on a table.

Once we saw Alf being carried back to the cafe absolutely drunk.  He'd been to a wedding do at the Belmont Hotel.

Out the back of his cafe, Alf got men to dig a hole for his used tea leaves - about three feet deep.  When it was full, he got another one dug.  Grass would grow over and cover it.  One day playing, a small boy ran there and sunk up to his waist in wet tea leaves.  We pulled him out crying - poor kid, he did look a sight. - John Collier

I lived at 119 Bellamy Drive Stanmore, just off Western Road, close to Belmont Circle.  Sidney and Dorothy Winter lived in the same road which was handy for the Essoldo Cinema where they had their studio.  I learned my dancing there fairly well and often entered dance competitions.  There is so much I know of the Belmont Circle area - from dancing in Sid Winter's dance studio at the Essoldo to the grumpy bloke in Cato's who you mentioned, John.  I did laugh at that.

There is so much of interest here for me, John, but especially your mention of your mother working at the Plaza Cinema, later the Essoldo.  My mother worked there for years, firstly as a cleaner, then as an usherette too.  She also did relief work in the ticket kiosk with a Mrs Huntley, but I cannot remember when she started there.  Probably just after the war, I think.  I recall she mentioned a fellow cleaning lady a Mrs Hartley (Elgin Avenue) and a Mrs Collier, possibly your mother.  I think I watched every film they ever showed because mum used to have free tickets and let me in anyway, if Mr Duncan (the manager) was not looking.  Mr Duncan was a rather dapper man who spent most of his time in his upstairs office.  The little man tearing tickets was the odd job and boiler man.  His name was Wally something?  He was a big drinker and once fell down the stairs top to bottom when under the influence.

I do not suppose you remember any of the chaps from my road when I was young but I kept in touch for years with a lot of them and still do.  We used to play a lot on the Circle at Belmont because running in and out of the bushes was such fun.  We also played at the level crossing as you did doing the same things. Pennies on the line etc..  We were not too well off during the war so I didn't flatten too many pennies.  We played roller hockey on the street.  That was super fun but our main interest was football.  We played on a patch of ground close by the railway level crossing near Vernon Drive was it ?

You mentioned Dirty Dicks Cafe in Kenton Lane and I well remember the bread pudding he made was incredibly good.

I did work for Ellingtons sometimes delivering papers, but only to help my friend out who's round it was.  I did a bit of Kenton Lane and then down the side roads off Locket Road like Grasmere Gardens.  There were some nice young ladies, Pam Bolsover and Barbara Grisewood, whom I went out with in that area before I was married. - Peter B R Ault

I only had a tiny Kodak 127 box camera.  That is what most of my 1950s shots were taken on.  I converted it to give me half-size negatives in order that I could cunningly get more pictures out of a roll of 127 film.  Cash was a problem then.  They were almost 35mm size once they were cut down with a mask inside the camera.  I was only about 12 years old when I did it so I had to save my pennies. - Peter B R Ault Essoldo
(This picture, taken opposite the Essoldo, Belmont, demonstrates the limitations of my tiny camera.
I was standing behind my friend sitting in a tree.  The lens flare is so obvious!!
I can't think why I kept such a weird shot, but I suppose it has a certain charm. - Peter Ault

WW II - The V2 rocket

We lived close to the Weston Drive end of Bellamy Drive, so about seven houses away from the V2 rocket which fell on Uppingham Avenue in about March 1945.  My brothers and I were in a 'Morrison' shelter inside the house.  It was a sturdy thing with cast iron corners, a thick sheet steel top like a big metal table and thick wire mesh around the sides.  We slept in it every night from when the V1s started to fly over.  They were more terrifying than the V2s because you could hear them until the pulse jet cut out.  Then you just waited...  ...  ...  ...BANG!  We always prayed it wouldn't land on us, and it didn't until the rocket in the last few weeks of the war.  There were lots of near misses though.

The explosion left us dirty and covered in glass but unhurt.  The front of the house was badly damaged and we found the front door at the top of our stairs.  I remember the emergency services used a yellowy oiled canvas type of material to cover where the glass used to be, that was about two days after the bomb.  Weeks later they took out the frames and replaced the windows completely, as well as other essential repairs.

I was very surprised at how much damage was done to houses hundreds of yards away from the point of the explosion by huge lumps of London clay thrown up by the explosion, crashing down through roofs and smashing through thick pavements.  I was not allowed to take a closer look at the site but when I did go out in the morning I was as black as a chimney sweep.  I saw dead chickens up trees and there was a lot of twisted metal, wood and bricks everywhere.  It was chaos.  I don't think Hitler liked us!!!  I couldn't wash until mum got us to school (Stanburn Primary) through all the wreckage.  We were very late that day and jolly hungry because all our food in the house was covered in shards of glass.  Mum had trouble picking it out of her feet.  She had been sleeping in a back bedroom.  The ceiling came down on her bed but she got out, only to face a struggle getting down the stairs, treading on glass everywhere in a bare-footed panic to see if we were still alive.  We were lucky that night. - Peter Ault (in 2016)
 Kenton Lane (by Library) - from Hartford Ave 
215Stowells - wine merchant 
217Martins - newsagent 
219Homewares;  Kentons Hardware 
221Watford Co-op;  LCS Self Service 
223Express Dairy Co 
225Jackman & Son - fruiterers 
227A W Cox - butcher 
229S H Selby - chemist 
231Ivy House - ladies and children’s wear;  Domestic Electrical Service 
233Modern Fish Caterers;  Cleanwhite - launderette 
235Heather White Bakeries; Glyn - bakers 
237C J Thomas - veterinary practice;  Zellers - glass merchants (’70s) 
239aSimmons - shoe repairs 
241Maison Henri - hairdresser 
243Pearks - grocer 
245Conf & tobacconist 
 Kenton Lane (by Priestmead) 
279H Leach - garage 
281H Roger - woodwork 
283Louise - ladies stylist 
285Edgson-Ward - hardware 
287Mayfair Cleaners;  Regency Cleaner 
289Mattress Remaker - upholstery 
291Lydia - drapery 
293Quality Cakes 
295G Wood - butcher 
297Roberts - greengrocer 
299Galtons (Footware) Ltd (’49); Craigs - shoe repairs 
301Thorp Ltd. - newspaper and tobacconist 


Canons Park - Station Parade

The centre of the parade - as depicted in a 1934 Laing’s Estates brochure.

In 1938 and 1963 - starting from the distant-end from the station:
23 Express Dairy (’38); Broadfields - double-fronted (with no. 22) car-accessories and tuning (e.g. Peco exhausts, alloy wheels) - the entrance to one half of the pair of premises was blanked-off.
22 Jean - ladies outfitters (’38), woolshop; Wendale General Draper
21 Palfrey Dyer; Midland Dyers and Cleaners (’49); Sketchley Cleaners
20 London Leisure Library (Oppenheim & Co Ltd) (’38); G T Calver/t - confectioner and tobacconist
19 Chas. Aldridge - boot repr (’38); Weldun Shoe Repairs - boot repairer; H B Bristow - shoe repairs
18’The Elite’ - baker; P Bulmer - delicatessen
17Boots Cash Chemists (’38); Coop (’49) - "My 'Saturday job' was at Boots.  When customers needed liquids such as vinegar or distilled water they would bring in their empty bottles and I would refill them from barrels out the back of the shop" - Carolyn Barnet née Brooks
14, 15, 16 The London Cooperative - triple frontage - butcher, groceries, baker.  "What’s your ’divi’ luv?".  One’s family’s six-digit ’divi’ can be retained in memory for a lifetime - and, for Gillian Gamblin, née Bailey, her neighbour's - for whom she used to shop - divis remain imprinted too!
13 Evans & Nigel Ltd estate agents (’38); Canons Park Estate Agency
12 Pearks Dairies; Dennis Reed - estate agent
11Jack Marston - hardware; Dorson - baker
10Frank Freeman - butcher; Marston - hardware
9Wiffen Bros. - fruiterer; Edgar Jones - butcher
8Brills Scotch Bakery; Wilkinson - fruiterer
7United Dairies
6Gosdens Ltd - tobacconist and Post Office
5Jimmy Wilde - junior hairdresser; Maison Baker - hairdresser
4S Anthony; Brahram - chemist
3Stanedge Radio - wireless engnrs (’38); Radio Rentals - and radio-repair
2Pamela Fry - ladies outfitter; Davel - florist (Daval?)
1bHandbags (’38)
1Raywood - timber (incl. balsa for model-making), hardware, paints and DIY ('63). Advert in Kemp's
1 Highfield Model Laundry and Sketchley Dye Works
  Canons Park Station, Metropolitan Line ('38)
231 W H Smith & Son - newsagts
231 Finlay and Co - tobccnsts

Edgware's suite of parades

Station Road, Edgware - in the 1920s.  - Image courtesy of Britain From Above via pinimg.com.

Looking south-east to Edgware Station (opened 1924) and, a partially developed, Station Road

Crossing over the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway (CCE&HR) (now Northern Line) at the top right can be seen the LNER/GNR line to the other Edgware station, 300m to the south-west.  In the lower left of the photo, diggings for the 'Northern Heights' extension have been started.

A section of the station's frontage (at the south-west end) was eventually demolished for an access road to a bus terminus at the rear of the station.  (A north-east end section of frontage was then demolished which restored its symmetry.)

Another view, from the air, taken in 1926 - courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection:  Looking east towards the rolling fields of … … eastern Edgware.  Edgware Station (now Northern Line) is bottom-right.

A few advertisements by Edgware’s traders appear in the Whitchurch parish magazine.  See foot of section.

In 1959:
 Station Road (North side - from the High Street)
more from Anne Broomhead
 Edgware Parish Church (St Margarets)
3Richman’s - florist
5Edgware Wallpapers
7Edgware Electrics
9Edgware Drapery Store
11Peggy’s Pet Shop
15Massey - opticians
17Urridge - gowns
21Magill - watch-maker
23Bernies - delicatessen
25Jensen’s - florist
27Sevilles - tobacco
29West - haberdashery
31Radio Rentalls
37Ludlam’s - confectionary
41Boulton - chemist
43Sidney Dunn - men’s outfitters
47Day Stores - leather goods
51-53Charles Page - furnishing
55-57Nicolaides - hairdresser
59Alfred Penny - butcher
61Forbuoys - tobacco
65Ford’s - fruiterers
 here is Manor Park Crescent (the home of 'Crestas' in the 1950s.  'Crestas' was every schoolboy's dream emporium - train sets, Scalextric cars, balsa boats, model aircraft… and who can forget Jetex's lethal, rocket-propelled model cars and bright yellow plastic boats with their brown fuse wire, circular gauze filter and football-boot stud solid-fuel propellant pellets.  The 'run' time was about five seconds.  ["Oops, the red-hot motor-body seems to have melted the rear of the boat".])
67The Ritz Cinemamore and more (from Flickr).  A film clip of the opening ceremony.
69Maynard’s - confectioners…  and the cinema frontage (1932).
71Mordant's - jewellers, watch specialists: Omega, Rolex, Rotary, Accurist, Avia, Cyma, Ingersoll ('61 advert in Kemp's)
73The Wool Shop
75Sherrards - cake shop
77Hughes - footware
79Charringtons - coal merchants
81-83North Thames Gas Board
85Derek Clarke - chemist
87Richardsons - outfitters
99Mayfair Coffee Lounge
105G Barnett - solicitor
 In the '50s I used to have my eyes checked at Claude Lyons, optician, who had his office near to Stanley J Lee's department store, opposite the tube station.  On Googling his name, I found from Barnet Archives that he was President of Edgware Rotary in 1948. - Brenda Hegan
117L Raymond - estate agent
119Broadmead - radio
123Curry - jeweller
125Stanley Lee - dept. store   advert in Kemps
 Stanley J Lee - Haberdashery, (from whence came most of my hair ribbons) and general department store.  The money taken whizzed round the store to the cashier in little cash carriers, on a wire at ceiling height, and a carrier then brought your change.

After the birth of her child, our neighbour wheeled him to Edgware in the pram.  She left him outside Stanley J Lee's whilst she shopped.  She then went home.  It was only as she began to prepare her husband's evening meal that she remembered she'd left her son behind (outside the shop).  She returned to fetch him - He was fine! - Lesley de Meza
143Gainsborough Library
145Elliots - shoes
  Elliots - The posh shoe shop - Where my mother used to take me and we had furious rows about the 'high heels' that I wanted to wear.  The shop had two floors.  It was very modern with a galleried landing and a mezzanine on which there was a foot x-ray machine! - Lesley de Meza
147Dorothy Perkins - lingerie
149Lavells - confectioners
151Stanley Lee - gowns
155Mence Smith - hardware
157Henry’s - handbags
161Sylvester - man’s shop
163Jaques - gowns
 here is Rectory Lane
167Edgware Times
171Dunn - hatmakers
173Wisepart - builder’s merchants
175Jaques - sports-wear
179Radio Services (Hendon) Ltd, - Marconi, Murphy, Pye ('38);  Singer
183Edwards Gowns
185Dixons - cameras
187Crown Wallpapers
189Bateson - chemist
 Station Road (South side - from the High Street)
6Gilroy - cleaners
8Clements - hardware
12Mence Smith - hardware
14Spurriers - baker
16W J Mackay - butcher
26S Frost - grocers
30Greys - television dealers
38-40The Railway Hotel
42-46Edgware Post Office
Set back from the road was the LNER station (looking east) - c.1905 and sidings.  Adjacent to the station and sidings, were arrayed coal yards - one of which belonged to 'Herbert Clarke & Co'.

1926 LNER station complex from the air, looking east towards Mill Hill.  This fascinating, detailed image from 'Britain From Above' shows the rail tracks from Mill Hill splitting into six sidings in addition to the platform.  Freight handling, on the five right-hand sidings, appears quite significant.  The newly-constructed underground line crosses under the LNER line.  In the distance are the several arches of the bridge carrying Dean's Lane over the railway - it looks as if there may, at one time, have been a plan to extend the sidings adjacent to Banstock Road.  Station Road runs at the bottom of the image.  The Tudor-style 'Railway' Hotel emerged a few years after this picture was taken (ie. in the early '30s).  The Ritz cinema would eventually be erected at the very left-hand bottom corner of the image - where Manor Park Crescent meets Station Road.

The station and its environs, also from 'Britain From Above', looking west to the wiggles in Whitchurch Lane leading to the Canons Park-land and a bare Whitchurch Gardens preparing to encircle Edgware Tennis Club.  Hey, look at that… straight down Canons Drive - leading to the North London Collegiate.  The crane (adjacent to the engine shed), being a relatively substantial artifact, was still there in Nick Catford's photo of the goods yard taken in March 1975.

In the 50s, behind a long picket fence, a large shed in the freight yard, housed ex-WD premises, Mullards.  The yard used to sell motor cycles, clothing, tools and other ex-WW II, military, bric-a-brac.  In the 60s, a timber yard was housed in an adjacent large shed.
126Times Furnishing Co
134Wilde - tailors
136Lawley’s - china
  Edgware Station, originally Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway.  Photo (1927) and more …
 Station House
138Meakers - tailors
140Myers - furs and gowns
146Burtons - tailors
148Hillwoods - jewellers
152John Collier - tailors
158Premier Supermarket
162Kenyons - fashions
 Express Mansions
190McDermotts - shoes
190aWaltons - fruiterers
192Electricity Service Centre
196Harleys Drug Stores
200Freeman, Hardy and Willis - shoes
202Home & Colonial Stores - provisions
204Stead & Simpson - shoes
206Brill’s Bakeries
208J Sainsbury - provisions
210Mac Fisheries; with a restaurant upstairs - Anne Broomhead
212Walton, Hassell & Port - provisions
214Reeves - wine merchant
216Boots - chemist
218Lilley & Skinner - shoes
222W H Smith - booksellers
224Roma - gowns
226James Walker - jewellers
228Dewhurst - butcher
234Eastmans - dyers and cleaners
236Stratford - tailors
238Barratts - shoes
240-242London Co-operative Society Photo of Station Road (lower), 1954 - E126025 and Pat Cryer's web site of Station Road (and the abandoned Northern Line extension)
244Lewis - tobacconist
246United Dairies
 Retailers in Edgware High Street in the early 1900s.
 High Street (West side - from Burnt Oak Broadway) in 1959
 Wm Morris and Son Sports Ground
 here is Albany Crescent
 White Lion Off-licence
 White Lion Hotel
 Crystal Palace Public House
17aHy. Albt Barker - undertaker
19aBlake Spencer and Son - (White Heart yard)
19 & 21White Heart Public House
23Mrs Barbara Fennel - refrshment rms
29Harry Miall - cycle engnr
33R A Cheshire - butcher
35A W Morley - fruiterer
47A Keen - grocer
51A Keen - butcher
63Lavender & Son - butchers
  I worked there from 1958 to 1961 as a Butchers boy, used to deliver to Max Bygraves and other celebrities all around the Canons Drive and Edgware area.  One photo shows me on the left, and the Shopman Cutter Sid Cross, in the Cutting Room, 1959.  The other shows a view in the shop, with Phil Vincett (one of the owners) on the far left, and I am on the far right. - Jim Rea
65Benjamin N Taylor - motor engineer ('38)
67Frank Shoobridge - tobacc ('38)
75Mason's Arms Public House ('38)
 here is Whitchurch Lane
Edgware High Street at the junction with Station Road and Whitchurch Lane, looking north along the tramway up towards Stonegrove, 1924.
79Chas Hy. Hoding - confectur ('38)
81Edward Wilkinson - fishmngr ('38)
83P Price - butcher
85L A Cheeld - grocer
87Seabrooks - fruiterer
89Superior Repairing Tailors
91Edgware Hardware Store
93H W Kent - builder's merchant
99Jensen Bros - florist
117Jimmies Café
123Rae - confectioner and tobacco
125Miss Louisa Davies - dressmaker ('38)
127Alfred Dimmock - chimney sweeper
Lyndhurst Shirt Renovation Service ('38)
 here is Canons Drive
 High Street (East side - from Deansbrook Rd.) - 1959
2Fred Hodge Ltd. - builder's mer
8Danforth Electrics
12A C Nunnery - radio dealer
14The Spot - general stores
 here is Edgware Junior School
 here is Thornbank
60Henry Crowden and Co. - decorators suppliers
62Richards - gents hairdresser
64Henry Conway - gents outfitters
70L Collins - dyers and cleaners
72Forum Café
74Stowells - off licence
76Cook and Shutler - grocers
78Walkeven - shoes
 here is Station Road
 ('The Blackboot' Public House - a photo taken around 1900 - located by Brenda Hegan from The Edgware Appreciation Society site on Facebook.)
84-86Norths Shoe Repairs
90Adelmans - delicatessen
92S Hirsh - outfitters
94Maurice Goodman - furniture
96Leon of Mayfair - hairdresser
98Horace Wright - chemist
100A Feldman - tobacconist
102J Coblentz - butcher
104Kay - hairdresser
106La Patisserie - cake shop
108John Trapp Radio
110W Pollard and Son - scales
 here is Manor Park Crescent
118Grosvenor Tyre Works
120Edgware Motor Accessories
126Bowers of Edgware - garage
130Jessra - boutique
132Stonegrove Fruiterers
134Studio Dixon
136Paul Norton - hair studio
138Brahams - gents hairdressers
140Pedlars - stationers
 here is Grove Rd and Fernhurst Gdns
 Handel Parade (Whitchurch Lane) 1938
1Edgware and Stanmore Electrical Co.
2Miss Lillian Hart - ladies' outfitter
3Vincent and Paice - estate agts
 here is Handel Way
5Hy. Reginald Swadling - confctnr
6Pulhams & Sons Ltd - butchers
7Christphr Nutter - café
8Sam Isaacs - fish restaurant
10Frank Woodward - chemist
13Fire Brigade Station (Harrow UDC)
 Whitchurch Parade 1938
1Household Repairs - upholsterers
2George Flower - boot repr
3Peter Goulding - hairdrssr
Yourston & Martin - estate agts
4Jas. Lovett - chemist
5Stead Edwin Hartley - tobccnst
9Irish Bros - butchers
10aMiss J Repp - children's outfitters
11F Scarisbrick - timber mer
12Mabs - ladies hairdrssrs
13Radio Traders' Repair Service

Honeypot Lane (Marsh Lane end) parade


The 1960s.  Starting from the southern (library/clinic) end:

845 Scottish Fisheries, John Dory’s Ltd. Fish and chip shop with a large neon sign hanging outside … boy scouts used to buy a thrup’ny bag of chips and a pickled onion after scout evenings (held in the huts 300m further down Honeypot Lane).  Then, in the early ’60s, the property was taken-over by ‘Greys’ for a double-fronted bathroom-fitting showroom and plumbing and tools. 
847Grey’s - builders merchants
849Lord - ladies and children’s wear; Purl and Plain - ladies and children’s wear  
851Tesco - grocers  
853Maison Alan - hairdresser (’49); Marjorie - hair fashions  
855The Buttercup - cafe; Ellis and Co. - wine and spirits  
857Smith and Weston Ltd - ironmongera traditional ironmonger - with plenty of delights to fascinate kids.
859Co-op Society 
861Edgar F Jones Ltd - greengrocer 
863Elizabeth Grant - ladies fashions.Mrs Goodban (lived in Merrion Avenue) was enlisted to hire local schoolboys to deliver, along with her sons, flyers for the shop’s ‘Spring Sale’ - usually held in May.  Remuneration? - about 1d per flyer (1 flyer per letter-box).
865Coop - butcher 
895Watford Co-op - butchers 
897Spurriers - bakers 
899Gerrards - fruiterers and floristIn the ’50s women had to be properly dressed for shopping.  My mother, Louie Brooks, must have worn rather regal-looking hats because the proprietor of this shop, impressed by her headwear, used to address her as “Queen” - Carolyn Brooks
901J SainsburyDouble-fronted.  Three marble-topped counters ran along either side, with a raised cashier’s booth at the far end.
903J Armour - chemist; Davbro - chemist  
905Williams Bros. - grocers;
Obertelli - ice cream parlour.
Ice cream was produced in a small dairy at the rear of the shop.
907Gosdens - tobacconist with a sub-Post Office at the far end. … the newsagents/tobacconists in Honeypot Lane where I had a paper round and later a part-time job behind the counter … more … - Malcolm Hall
909Honeypot Dyers and Cleaners; Flying Cleaners;
Excel Launderette
  Junction of Marsh Lane and Old Church Lane
 Courten's Nursery Frederick Courten attended Chandos Secondary from about ’55 - Alan Bond

Dalston Gardens Industrial Estate


We lived in Honeypot Lane.  Opposite the playing fields, where the houses are only one side of the road, one of the houses had an oil bomb drop on it.  One could see it from the pavement - the garage door was all stained black.  It was very lucky there was no fire.

One night, opposite our house in Honeypot Lane, the whole playing field was covered in flares trom incendiary bombs.  That was the night they bombed Polyfotos in Dalston Gardens - there was pieces of film floating about and burning paper etc.

The night they bombed Polyfotos

Polyfoto's Head Office was located at 11-12 Dalston Gardens.

One evening, when it was dark, the air aid warnings went and shortly the familiar sound of a German aircraft was heard… and I think searchlights were sweeping the sky.  German aircraft were identifiable by their twin engines not being synchronised - this produced a distinctive beat sound.  Then there were explosions as bombs hit the area.  Shortly after a glow was present in the factory area which was Dalston Gardens not far from my house.  Very soon further explosions were heard and the glow turned into an inferno.

They'd hit the Polyfoto factory, which at that time was the only one in Dalston Gardens, and the contents, which were highly inflammable, went up like tinder.  By now the sound of fire engines and rescue vehicles could be heard.  The fire raged and lit-up the entire area.  This went on till the early hours of the morning, when us kids went up there, and amid the lingering smell of burnt film, picked up loads of charred pictures which littered the area.

The V1 flying bomb

We lived in Honeypot Lane.  The sirens had sounded and things were quiet.  I went upstairs to look out of the back bedroom window which faced down the gardens of Wigton Gardens toward the Bakerloo Line railway embankment and saw a flickering light in the sky approaching low over the railway embankment.  By now there was a deep rumbling sound which was getting louder.

The next thing I can remember the thing came into view just over roof-top height making it's characteristic rumbling sound and continuing over Wigton Gardens... then silence.  I rushed out onto the landing and grabbed hold of the two uprights between the bedrooms.  My mother, who was also upstairs at the time, dived under the bed.  The deathly suspense was the scariest thing.  Where will it come down?  The next thing I knew was a terrific explosion, the house shook and, when we recovered and ventured downstairs, there was glass and what was left of ornaments everywhere.  The curtains were shreaded and blowing outside…  and the sound of rescue vehicles… and people rushing about.

A V1 flying bomb had come down on Pearswood Crescent.  It claimed many lives.  All the victims were placed in a mass grave and listed on a memorial in the cemetery at Harrow Weald near The Leefe Robinson public house.  The only boy I knew in Pearswood was a Peter Dossel.  When we subsequently visited the cemetery, one of the graves bears that name. -  Roy Young.

Queensbury's suite of parades

Honeypot Lane (West side)
 going north-west from the southern (Kingsbury) end:
381Kays - dyers and cleaners (’49);
Cruickshank Bros. Ltd - coal merchants
383Croxley - cleaners and dyers
385J A Davison - opticians
387M Cload - ladies wear
391Queens Radio and Electrical Co.
393R J Reach (Bros. - ’52) - fishmongers
397Civic Restaurant (’49);
Bishops Stores
401-413Empire Furnishings
415G C Calver;
A E Calver -
417H & G Jay - tobacconist;
Dees (’75) -
421Maison Frank - hairdresser (’49);
Bartons - ladies hairdresser
425Marshall Bros - ironmongers
429A.B.C. Bakeries
433Janice - ladies wear
437Winnifred - ladies wear
445Post OfficeI lived and grew-up above the Post Office on Honeypot Lane across from the Queen of Hearts pub … more … - Steve Field
449J Miller and Sons - butchers


 Honeypot Lane (East side)
 going north-west from the southern end:
   I left the area in 1946 … I recall Churchill tanks visiting the Zenith factory to show the workers what they were part of - and Honeypot lane all torn-up where they turned into the factory. - Denis Nelson, re: ‘Route 79’

… my Dad worked at the Zenith and made carburettors for Sherman tanks in the war. The factory was next to the Brylcream one and De Haviland … I used to get “The Eagle” (a great magazine) from the paper shop at the top of the road near the Honeypot Pub.  That was in a little shopping centre.  On the extreme far end was “The Beehive”.  I think it was a restaurant.  As you walked east from there you passed Zenith etc. and after the war there was a garage called Lex’s.  They had three life-sized cut-outs of scantily clad girls each holding a part of the sign that read “We are pleased to see you!” - Barbara Buiel née Bush, re: ‘Route 79’

‘The Honeypot’...there's a hive/dive!.  I remember my parents taking me there often on warm summer days & playing in the beer garden, while they were with friends.  I would drink 'whatever' - usually some fizzy sort of thing (Corona probably,) & have a packet of crisps, with the blue paper twist of salt! - Marion Hughes, re: the ’50s

The tobacconists shop next to the Honeypot was “Calverts”.  I used to do a paper round from there right through the war - only two pages per paper but the bag was still heavy, and with the blackout it was a bit tricky in the early winter mornings. - Denis Nelson

I have many fond memories of the Dansette factory in Honeypot Lane as I worked there as a tester/ alignment engineer on various production lines.  I remember one chap was wrecking every autochanger on the line because he forced the overarms instead of pushing them down to take them out of the transit position.  They were crap though.
I remember we started to make a Prinzsound stereo for Dixons that smoked when it was played very loudly!!  The transistors used just weren’t up to the job and went short-circuit.  Some of the Perdio radios were also made there.
I was made redundant when the factory closed in 1969. - Trevor Cozens
 Injection Moulders Ltd
 Kayes Rotaprint Agency Ltd
Cumberland Rd is here
 Lex Garages Ltd
Zenith Carburettor Ltd
 County Perfumery Co; Dansette Products Ltd (’68)
 The Honeypot Public House
180H T Calvet - news and tobac.
180Michael - ladies hairdresser
190Max - hairdresser (’49)
192G M Baldwin - wallpapers
192The Bee-Hive Milk Bar - (’38); cafe
 then Everton Drive … then Taunton Way
 Queensbury Service Station 
 The Queen of Hearts Hotel 
  Before suburbia arrived, the nearby Mollison Way was the runway for the nearby De Havilland factory at Stag Lane, named after Jim Mollison, sometime husband of Amy Johnson.  I ended my working life as a local government highway engineer in this area, trying to control the activities of water, gas, electricity companies and the like, and they hated digging this as it was 1 metre-thick solid concrete.  {Runways in Britain were usually built using a matrix of isolated, unreinforced (no 'rebar'), cubic, concrete, slabs, in order that any future damage - say, due to bombing - could be more easily repaired.  So they inevitably needed to be surprisingly thick. - CP} - Keith Salmon

 Queensbury Station Parade - 1962 and 1968
 West side
 ("Credit drapers" - these merchants apparently sold curtains and ladies’ & gentleman’s clothing to low-salaried families on credit terms - periodically collecting re-payments.  Sometimes known as ’tallymen’, credit drapers ostensibly sold clothing etc. but their true income was from the credit business - a forerunner of the ’catalogue shopping’ industry.

The need for credit drapers declined in the late ’60s as most retailers were able to offer credit schemes… also, credit cards were introduced.)
1Alfred Parkes - watchmakers
2Maynards Ltd - conf
3Victoria Wine Co Ltd - wine and spirit retailers
4Maison Harrison - gents hairdresser
 Queensbury Metropolitan (from 1932 to 1937) Railway Station
W H Smith and Son Ltd
5J Leon and Co Ltd - tobac
6Alan’s - ladies hairdresser
7Darryl’s - fruiterers
8Brendons - surveyors
 South side 
  On Honeypot Lane going south you pass some small factories.  After a petrol station turn left towards the station.  At the end of the war, just on the right there was a shop, I cannot recall the name, that sold the first ice cream we had seen.  The word went round and soon a long queue formed.  When I got to the front it was chocolate flavour and not too good - but it was ice cream. - Roy Young
9Freeman Bros
10Sylvia’s - drprs
11Wood Bros Ltd - agents for Ekco, Ferranti, HMV, Philips, Ultra, Decca, Peto Scott; Mill Hill Television (in ’68)
12Jan’s - cafe
13Ruth Helen - nursery equipment
14Modern Fish Caterers
15A.B.C. Ltd - bakers
16H T Norton - ger
17Dorice (’49);
Duval - ladies hairdressers
18E A Mayhead and Son, Ltd; J F Harris Ltd (’68) - conf tobac and Post Office
19Express Dairy Co. Ltd.;
Harvey’s pattisserie (’68)
20Jensi Fashions - estmrs;
Green and Indick - shoe repairs (’68)
21Slappers Stores - gers;
Dan and Co. - grocers
22E G Parry - butcher;
Grigson and son - butchers (’68)
23MacDonald and Son - fruiterers;
Darryl’s - fruiterers
24W Cato and Sons - domestic stores
25Queensbury Chemists Ltd;
J M P S Badvan Chemist (’68)
26Godfrey Wilson Ltd - credit dprs; D Freed - dprs (’68)
 North side
 A E Lewis & Son Ltd
35Midland Bank
36-37London Co-operative Society
37Marron Machines Ltd
38Maurice (Colindale) Ltd - frshngs;
Spirotex Ltd - car factors (’68)
39Pritchards - dyers and cleaners;
O’Brien - turf accountants
40Stanley Kassell Ltd
41Johnson Evans, Horne and Co. - estate agents
42Wembley Laundry Ltd
43D and A Laundromat
44Cumberland Restaurant;
Cumberland Caterers (’68)
45-46Hamiltons News - conf and tobac
 Essoldo Cinema … more
 Queensbury Circle Parade (up to ’75)
1Edward Alfred Brookes - draper (’38);
Queensbury Car Parts
2Osborne & Son Ltd - wine and spirit mers. (’38); Peter Dominic - wine merchant
3Clarkes - garden supplies
4L H Owen - shoe repairs (’49)
5W Dorrell Ltd - butchers (’37);
Cross & Evans - butchers (’38);
G W Biggs - butcher
6Pearks Dairies - provsn. mers (’38);
Lanes Ltd. Radio & TV
7 Stanley’s - ironmongers (’38);
W Fennell Ltd - fruitrs (’49);
Lanes Ltd. Radio & TV
8Chas. Wm. Phillips - fruitr (’38);
Meadows - greengrocers
9Holliday & Clarke Ltd - chemists (’38);
Collins - chemist
10Ellingtons Ltd - newsagents (’38);
11Geo. Bommattre - cycle dlr (’38);
Bamarre - toys (’49); Cowdrey, Phipps & Hollis - estate agents
11Meadowsweet Creameries Ltd - dairymen (’49);
Prentice Kirkwood - solicitors
Streatfield Road
North side (1961)
179R P Herring - tob, conf
181C. & Q. Stores - grocers
183Posners - linen
185W Putnam - funeral furnishers
187Roses Stores - ironmongers;
Homeflair - DIY
189Pristons Ltd - bakers
193Williams Bros - grocers
195Trueform - shoes (’49)
197Victor Value Co. - grocer
199Boots - chemist
201-203F W Woolworth & Co. LtdI remember there was a British Restaurant opposite the pub and a Woolworth's among the shops and a tiny hardware shop called Rose's.  My dad was a DIY type and often got me to get stuff from there after school - and I would also get one of those tiny one penny Hovis loaves from the next door bakery. - Peter Brittain (c. 1940)
205 Toni Cream Ices Ltd;
Terry & Palmina Tuck Shoppe
Toni's was very small and is said to be the first shop they ever had - so small that the ice cream could only be served directly onto the pavement. - Roy Young

I used to belong to The Kenton Road Cycle Racing Club.  We used to congregate outside that tiny little shop - no front door.  The girl who used to serve the ice cream there used to have to enter the shop using the back door.

One Saturday morning we were outside there and the cycling lads bet me that I couldn’t ride down to Southend and back by the time the shop closed.  This was about 10.30am.  Off I went, had my photo taken in the fairground booth as proof of going there (I still have the photo).  I arrived back at Toni's 6.30pm.  All the time while riding back I was wondering if I would be back in time - as the shop closed at 7pm.  Some of the lads were there when I got back, to say the least.  I got a mention in the club's magazine saying I must have been mad. - Harold Dummer (c.1950)
207J Ritchie - butcher
209F Westlake - fishmonger;
Queensbury Shoe Store
211Scottish Cleaners and Dyers Ltd
213Barclays Bank;
Dennis Selman & Co - estate agents
215United Daires
217-219Timothy Whites
 Streatfield Road
 South side (1968)
242Steven Paul - butcher
244London Co-op Soc.
246Ernest Holsgrove - hairdresser (’38);
Chris-Stell - hairdressers
248Lillian Carr Ltd (’38);
Canterbury Travel
250Sketchley Dye Works (’38);
Crusty Roll - bakers
252Thomas T Clement - chemist (’38);
Inglis Launderette
254English Meat stores (’38); vac.
256Broadways Ltd - newsagents (’38);
Terry & Palmina Tuck Shoppe
Across the road was a newsagent where I got a morning paper round - I apparently annoyed the living tripe out of the customers by roller skating down their footpath at some ungodly hour waking everyone up.  After that I had to use my bike. - Peter Brittain (c. 1940)
258Bata Shoe Company (’38); DIY stores
260Henry’s Ltd - fruitrs (’38);
Starr - fruiterers
262Tesco Stores Ltd (’38)
264Spurriers - bakers (’38)
266J H Dewhurst Ltd - butchers (’38)
268Green & Ismay Ltd - radio dlrs (’38);
Bessell - fishmongers
270Ray’s - fried fish dlrs (’38);
Bessell’s Fish Bar
272Wilson and Whelan - estate agents


Stanmore's suite of parades

The Broadway

The Broadway in the early '60s - looking East towards the Marsh Lane junction.
Images via Brenda K. Kock née Hegan

The Abercorn

1910 Stanmore Hill - looking north, up the hill - and south, down the hill past the junction with Green Lane and, 100 yds on the left, The Abercorn Arms Royal Hotel.
Image via Keith Salmon.

  Several advertisements by Stanmore’s traders appear in the parish magazines.  See foot of section.
Michael Pierce’s blog has several references to Stanmore Village in the 30s and 40s.

Stanmore changed for ever when it became the location of choice for the AA’s head office in the late ’50s - a new "tower block".  My Dad used to pop-in there for routes when we went on our holidays.  Now it's gone and is replaced by a huge Sainsbury's which has the most ludicrous aisle layout because of the building's strange shape. - Jonny Richardson, 2010.
  The Broadway - South side in 1938
1Barclays BankMy father, E T Pierce, managed the Bank from 1932 to 1951 - Michael Pierce
3Sidney Channell - butcher 
5Miss Hilda Sparham - draper 
7Frank & Reynolds - chemist 
9Westminster Bank 
11Minter’s Stores - grocers 
13Stanley Jn Pearce - electcl engnr 
15Mrs Martha Bell - dining rooms 
23Geo. Smith - baker 
25Stanmore Institute Club 
25Bernays Memorial Institute 
45W J Nash and Son - groceries and provisions - "The Distinctive Shop of Stanmore" - coffee roasted daily, Empire teas, China teas;
W H Cullen - groceries
In the 50s, this was, to me, because it retained its traditional interior, Stanmore’s most memorable emporium.  The pervasive aroma from the slowly rotating, coffee roaster positioned in the right-hand window wafted through a vent into the street… and the animated, butter-patting antics - rolling and flipping with grooved, wooden ‘hands’ - on one of the counters behind the roaster, were mesmerising. - Colin Poyton.
47C G Oliver & Sons - upholsterers;
Brown - upholsterers (’50s)
49Frank Snell & Co Ltd - off licence 
51The Silver Shuttle - art needlework 
53Jas. Wm. Patterson - confctnr 
55 & 67Unett & Platts Ltd - motor engnrs This photo from, what may have been, the late 1930s, has been unearthed by Jo Hooke in her late uncle's, Harold Barns, photograph album.  National Benzole, Shell and Esso Ethyl pumps feature.
69L C Wilson & Co - estate agents 
 The Broadway - North side in 1938  
 Buckingham CottageThe Duke of Chandos’s hunting lodge … more … - Susan Johns (now ‘Rundles’)
4F Creamer & Co - builders  
18Phillips & Cooper - bldg. contrctrs.  
18Bannerman & Co - tobaccnsts. 
18Fredk Baker - hairdrssr.  
22Miss Constance L Saunders - ladies’ outfitter - drapers, hosiery, baby linen, art needlework  
24Geo R Stewart - ironmonger 
26 & 28Hunters Horn Ltd - cafe  
30United Dairies Ltd 
32National Provincial Bank Ltd 
34G C Wood & Co - estate agents & surveyors  
36J & W Wright - boot and shoe stores 
38Express DairyStanmore had an Express Dairy which went sort of supermarket.  You queued at different counters for different things.  Biscuits in tins, rashers of bacon cut. - Catharine Horne
40Dick’s - fruitrs
(40a - Mrs G Doctor, the piano teacher at St. Brendan's)
42Wilson & Standen - newsagts 
44Eugéne Floutier - ladies hairdresser  
46Davis & Son Ltd - dyers 
50aDirect Sales (T W Bray propr.) - wireless dlrs  
50Liverpool and Victoria Insurance Office 
 Church Road (North Side - from Stanmore Broadway) 1959  
3The Jersey Shop 
5Pullens (Children's Wear) 
7Van Hooke (Wine Stores) 
9The Stanmore Clinic 
9The Prudential Assurance Co. 
9K Joseph - dental surgeon 
 J W Adams - Optician 
 Regent House - Dr H B Woodhouse 
15Daval - florist 
17The Wool Shop 
19The Recorderie 
23A P Bicknell - funeral director 
25Practical Watchmaker 
27F P Holme - estate agents 
29The Gift Shop 
33A S Breckenridge 
35Post Office 
37, 39Neil - conf and tob. 
41Sydney Ward Ltd - estate agents 
 Estate Office: 
41aPost Office Chambers 
41aPrentice Kirkwood and Co. - Solicitors 
41aGlen Creston Ltd 
41aJon Wood FRIBA 
43Crown Hotel 
 Church Road (South side - from Stanmore Broadway) 1959  
2Franklins Coals; upstairs: Lawrence Roth - dentist The spartan ground-floor shop front only offered a poster promoting smokeless fuel.
4City Tailors 
6Stanmore Electrics 
10Fish and Chip SaloonThe serving counter ran the depth of the shop on the right hand side - Jonny Richardson
 Rossi(e)'s Cafe… although I am sure it wasn't quite spelt that way.
They had pinball machines at the bottom of the shop.  It was also frequented by some of the girls from the Collegiate School. - Dick Flood (Downer ’60-’64)
12 & 14The Village Pantry … owned by my godmother - had the best rabbit pie and mashed potato that could be found. - Susan Johns (now Rundles)
16Mrs Curtis 
18Thomson Bros.Run by the two brothers, I got my first model plane kit from there - it was a Frog Venom. - Jonny Richardson
20C F Hailey - fruit 
22S West 
24Kingston's - butcher 
My father, G C Johns, used to be manager of this shop.  We lived in a flat above the shop. - Susan Johns (now Rundles, attended St Brendan’s ’48-’54 and Stanburn ’54-’55)
28F J Eastoe - hardware 
30Stanmore Filling StationMy father was David (Dave) Smith and was the ‘Smith’ in ‘Sawford & Smith’.  The garage was actually down a lane at the side of Stanmore Filling Station and situated in what, I think, were the stables of Regent House, belonging to Dr Woodhouse.  I think my father and Arthur Sawford started the business in about 1947, and it closed after Arthur's death in about 1962 or 3.  The place had a distinctive smell of engine oil and I can never remember going there without getting some black grease stain on my dress.

As to the Filling Station, it had pumps that were set into the wall of the front of the shop and an arm swung out across the pavement with the hose to fill the awaiting car at the kerbside.  There was an attendant there called Wally who always seemed to have a joke and was larger than life. - Marion George née Smith
30Sawford & Smith Motors Ltd
32R Hicks - boots and shoes 
34The Scotch House 
34The Fountain 
36The Stanmore Grill 
 Two Strokes - car showroom Triple-fronted - with their selections of bubble cars and East European Imports - Wartburg comes to mind. - Dick Flood (Downer ’60-’64)
 here is Elm Park 
 A low resolution photo of a "Rattler" at Stanmore Village Station in 1934.  Image via Brenda Kock.
 Stanmore Hill (East side)
2Ceramics and Crafts
  '142' Omnibus passes The Abercorn Arms Royal Hotel c. 1918.
A 142 omnibus outside The Vine, Stanmore
A number 142 omnibus passing The Vine.  An LGOC B-type omnibus at the top of a bleak-looking Stanmore Hill.  Time: midday, summer (high sun, open windows).  Date: undeclared - but, since 'B-types' were not introduced until about 1912, the image probably dates from the period of WW1 (before official 'bus stops' were designated).  Route: High Street Watford - Bushey - Stanmore - Edgware - Kenton - Cricklewood Bdy - High Road Kilburn - Cambridge … and Kilburn Park.

If you don't recognise the acronym 'LGOC', London General Omnibus Company, that was because it became defunct in about 1912 when the company was subsumed into AEC (of Aldenham Bus Works fame).

'B-types' carried 16 passengers inside and had seats for 18 on the 'open' top deck.  Outside seats were fitted with wet-weather canvas covers." - Wikipedia.  Pneumatic tyres would have been replacing these solid ones by the end of that decade.  The driver's waterproof sheet looks as if it could become a bit unruly at speed…

The plethora of slats in front of the rear wheels may have been an early 'health & safety' feature to minimise the risk of hapless individuals falling foul of the rear wheels (as deployed on trucks today - but, in their case, the main beneficiaries are errant, low-bodied vehicles and their occupants).  As bus body shapes evolved, there was only need for a single slat eg. on 'RT's of the mid-20th Century.

The ad. on the side? 'Photoshop' allows you to discern "BUCHANANS" (a Scottish confectioners established in 1856 apparently)… .

Could that be a diminutive human peering-out from the pub door-way?  "Teas"? - How very civilised.

Ah yeah, in those days, every telephone was connected back to the local exchange with its own individual, pair of wires.  The development and deployment of 'multiplexing' (frequency division) technology eventually addressed that issue - allowing multiple conversations to be passed down a single pair of wires - minimising the depletion of the planet's reserves of copper - and avoiding the need for an unsightly 'tree' atop telegraph poles.

A thoroughly ignominious fate befell the public house - The Vine is now an Indian Restaurant.

The image (originally 'half-tone' - taken from a postcard) was forwarded by Keith Salmon - thanks Keith - you're a champion!
 Stanmore Hill (West side)
 Stanmore Hill, October 1919 - looking north from the junction with The Broadway at the foot of the hill.  "I shouldn't loiter in the road, if I were you, chaps".  After its three quarter mile descent, one hopes that '142', B-type omnibus, has reliable brakes.

Yet another image forwarded by history fanatic, Brenda K. Kock née Hegan.
3Adams - optician 
9O Woodman - corn mcht - supplier of split peas for pea-shooters. - Dick Flood (’60-’64)
11Abercorn - bookshop 
 Minters One bus-stop up the hill, an old-fashion grocers - not as posh as Cullens.  I used to go shopping there with my Mum when I was very small. - Jonny Richardson
 Vine Stores 
 Grimes and Bowden In the late '50s I used to go with my father to the storage facility he had for his business at the yard of builders and decorators Grimes and Bowden.  If Holiday’s Newsagents was also a sweet shop, which it probably was, then the yard was almost certainly located behind there and Vine Stores.  The access driveway was very narrow with a sweetshop on the right and another shop on the left.  My father inevitably approached from the south and had to signal a left turn.  In those days cars had semaphore/trafficator direction indicators that swung out from the door pillars.  They regularly got broken off as he made this tight turn, which resulted in him having to wind down the window and use the, even then old-fashioned, hand signal of waving his right arm out of the window and rotating it in anticlockwise circles.  Such hand-signals seemed to die away in the sixties as new cars had flashing indicators. - Robert Tayler

Parish Magazines

Stanmore Church and Village Magazine - January 1935
pages: 5, 6 - kindly contributed by Susan Johns and featuring the announcement of her parent’s marriage.

Stanmore Church and Village Magazine - October 1944
pages: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 - contributed by Susan Johns and featuring the announcement of her baptism.

Whitchurch (St Lawrence) - August 1946
Front cover, advertisements, "Births, Deaths" etc. featuring Chris's baptism, back page advertisements - contributed by Chris Cartwright.

The Church of St Lawrence

{For a more easily digested discourse, see Harrow Highways, Vol 5, page 35}
The following is an extract from the Introduction to Kelly’s Directory for Harrow for 1938.  (I’m afraid that, since this scholarly article is presented without the benefit of conventional punctuation - presumably as a consequence of the reviled rationing of full-stops and new sentences that presaged the annexation of the Sudetenland - it's rather congealed into an indigestible 'fact/twaddle-fest'):

LITTLE STANMORE parish in modern documents is always alluded to as Little Stanmore, alias Whitchurch.  Under the Middlesex Review Order, 1934, this parish was included in the Urban District of Harrow.  The church rectory and adjacent houses are popularly known as Whitchurch.  The church of St. Lawrence is an edifice of brick in the Italian style, and consists of a nave, south porch and western tower, erected about 1550, containing one bell.  On the north side is a mortuary chapel (built by James, Duke of Chandos, and now belonging to Earl Temple as heir of the last Duke of Buckingham and Chandos); the present nave was built about 1715, in the same style as the Palace of Canons: the decorators and artists employed on the work were the celebrated wood carver, Grinling Gibbons, Pupils of the Verrio School and Belluci and Laguerre: the ceiling of the church is divided into compartments, each containing an illustration of one of Our Lord’s chief miracles: the walls are covered with figures of the Evangelists, also of St. Peter and St. Paul and the three Christian graces, and on either side of the altar are representations of "the Adoration by the Shepherds," and "the Descent from the Cross," by Belluci; these paintings were restored in 1935: the organ, built by Bernard Schmidt, was rebuilt and enlarged in 1878: in 1913 it was again rebuilt; the original keys upon which Handel played, consisting of only three octaves, with black ebony materials and inlaid sharps, were reinstated in their original position in the organ case: the case is adorned with two groups of cherub heads by Gibbons’ own hand; on either side of the organ are paintings of "Moses receiving the Law" and of "Our Lord delivering the Sermon on the Mount," by Antonio Verrio: Handel was for three years (1718-21) chapel master at the Palace of Canons, and organist of Whitchurch, and his Aeis and Galatea, the Chandos Anthems, the oratorio of Esther, were performed on the organ here for the first time, and two Te Deums were produced during this period: the mortuary chapel constructed over the family vault is also decorated with wall paintings by Verrio and contains the remains of more than 60 members of the Brydges and Grenville families; the memorials include a fine monument to the Duke of Chandos, who died at Canons, 9th Aug. 1744, with his statue in Roman costume, between kneeling effigies of Mary (Lake), his first wife, and Cassandra (Willoughby), his first duchess and second wife: here also was buried his second duchess Lydia Catherine (Vanhattem), who died in 1750: the monument room was restored by the Duke of Buckingham and Chandos in 1865; no burial, however, has taken place in this chapel for many years: at the west end of the church is a gallery, the ceiling of which is adorned with a copy of Raphael’s Transfiguration, by Belluci: there are some stained windows illustrative of the works of Handel: the gravestone of William Powell, the Harmonious Blacksmith, in the churchyard, is carved with representations of an anvil and hammer and the musical notes which form the running bass of the melody called “the Harmonious Blacksmith”: the edifice was restored in 1865, and was again restored by a former rector, the Rev. H. E. Robinson M.A.: there are some stained windows illustrative of the works of Handel; it has 150 sittings.  The register dates from the year 1558.  The living is a rectory, net yearly value £402, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of London, and held since 1932 by the Rev. Frank Cooper.

St. Lawrence’s Hall, Whitchurch, built in 1901 by the Rev. H. E. Robinson M.A. as a parish Mission room, has since been transferred to the Trustees of the …