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Great start to my working career with John Lewis then moving to Waitrose
Anyone still around and would like a coffee
The fire was a very memorable event for me. My mother had been to collect me from my grandmother’s, where I had been staying for a few weeks. We got off the bus in Bridge Street and caught the next in Long Causeway; there were hose pipes everywhere. The bus rode over large ramps set to protect the water pipes; up and down the bus went. Mum was just glad to going away from the seeming chaos.
I remember talking to Freddie, Mens’ wear DM about it one morning in the DM’s rest room. I had told him that I came from Peterborough. He told me a fascinating tale of the rumours of how the fire had started.
What a wonderful look in to times past
Such style and personality to match.
Amazing partner to work with. Your be missed
I see this page was last updated 16/7/2018 but I believe by then the JL warehouse had been closed again.
Since July 2019 it has been in use as a Costco shopping warehouse, incorporating the original now listed building as the shop floor.
There was another electric vehicle used to move stock from The Mews to the shop. It was controled by a “driver” walking in front holding a driving pole in one hand which served as steering, speed and brakes all in one. At times the vehicle would get slower and slower as the battery ran down. More than once I saw a couple of partners pushing from behind to get it up to the Finchley Road and round the oneway road system.
I am researching my family history. William Raymond Axtens was the ‘Axtens’ in Quin and Axtens. There are other family drapery connections, well researched by others and referenced by myself in my family tree online. Further info available.
I remember visiting the Carpet Dept as a child. My father Oliver was the Dept Manager there at the time. Whilst the Nissan Hut served its purpose of housing the carpets unfortunately was prone to flooding on occasions.
My Name is Gilda Trewin. My Great grandfather Henry Southwood Trewin emigrated to Nicaragua in the late 1800s. He married and change his name to John Trewin and dedicated his life to the Coffee and Cocoa production. Not much information about him besides that he came from Plymouth in a merchant ship.
I worked at Clearings for 30 years to close down and went to Park Royal it was a lovely place to work for I really enjoyed it
Do you know anything about Blake House in Loates Lane. It was owned by a photographer, Frederick Downer, who worked for the Watford Observer in the 1880s.
Peter Rees Jones died at “Eversley” in Streatham which was owned by the architect Frederick Wheeler.
One of my ancestors was a buyer for the china & glass department and is listed there in the 1911 census.
In the novel Hester (1883), by Margaret Oliphant, a visit is made to “Kaley’s, the great shop of Redborough” (Chapter VII; pages 61-62 of the Oxford World’s Classics edition by Philip Davis and Brian Nellist, 2003/2009). Mrs Oliphant was herself a resident of Windsor; perhaps “Kaley’s” may represent Caleys.
The fountain was always our meeting point if any of us kids became separated from our parents. I miss the old 70s décor but Brent Cross will always remain my favourite shopping centre. So many good ‘shopping’ memories spent with family members that are sadly no longer with us.
When I was expecting my first baby in 1963 I went to Daniel Neal for advice as to which pram to buy. As I had an uphill walk from the shops, the advice given was superb
They also made a horse-hair mattress for the baby’s beautiful bassinet that we had bought in Madeira while on a cruise.
A great store !!
I’ve found a receipt for my parents Grandmother Clock (“Model” 67001″ bought from the Jones Brothers Holloway Store. Must have been at 1985 or so.
The clock still works to this day!
What an interesting find! Unfortunately we don’t have anything similar in our archives so I am not able to shed any more light on this for you i’m afraid.
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I am researching a book and am desperately looking for some information regarding John Barnes shop in the 1950s, And also about charity dances that were held on the first floor above the shop. If anyone has any information I would be so grateful
I’ve recently found a Jones brothers box lid in my loft and wondered if you could tell me more about it, it’s a burgundy brown colour and says Costumes, dinner dresses, walking dresses, evening dresses, bridal dresses down the left side and mourning dresses, children’s dresses, washing dresses and travelling dresses down the right side
A full page advert for Blinkhorn’s ran in the Gloucester City FC match day programme throughout the 1936/7 football season. The advert promoted Blinkhorn’s as “Gloucester’s Cycle Headquarters” and included a mention of Blinkhorn’s “Famous Gents’ Light Roadster Cycle” (Yours for 5/- and 14 payments of 5/- or £3/15/0 cash) The Gloucester shop was in Eastgate and the Stroud branch at Kendrick Street.
my parents met at a charity dance in John Barnes in the 1950s, Does anyone have any information for me to go on
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