The Book Shop

A Memory of Berry Hill

My family lived at the Book Shop in the middle of the photograph from 1961 to 1981, it was a shop that seemed to me to sell everything, newsagents, sweet shop, chemists, haberdasherers as well as selling books. I was 6 years old in 1965, I can remember looking up at the jars of sweets in awe, mouth watering at the thought of jelly babies and sherbet lemons. Harold and Nora lived in the Post Office next door and there were several more shops in the village that I can remember, two grocers shops, an ironmongers and a dairy, as well as a pub, rugby club, social club and two chapels. It was a busy place, although we opened at 6.30 am and shut at 6, there would often be a knock at the door in the evening so the shop was "open all hours". My father delivered newspapers to all the surrounding villages including English Bicknor, Five Acres, Symonds Yat and Christchurch including the camp site, in fact in the picture of Symonds Yat Log Cabin you can see him looking directly at the camera, whilst all around him are unaware that their photograph is being taken.

A memory shared by Alison Jones , on Apr 19th, 2007.

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