Bishopstoke, The Village c.1955
Memories of Bishopstoke, the Village c1955
I remember Maurice Pellerade well as he was a good mate of mine at school, is Maurice still around? Our teacher was Mr Jelfs & his son was Brian, before that our teacher was Mr Lloyd. Ah those were the days.
I too remember the Fish and Chip shop in the 1950's, walking by the Barge, going to school and also being scared of Mr Collis the caretaker, walking to Stoke Park Woods, ringing the Church Bells for services and practice on Monday evenings. Although I lived on Church Road, I loved to walk Spring Lane. It was so quiet. I have many very happy memories of Bishopstoke and friends that I still correspond with even though I have been in America since the mid 1960's. It was a great place to call home.
Barbara Brian. I loved reading your memories of Montague Terrace and I thank you for them. Were you the young Miss Andrews that rode that posh bicycle and lived behind the shop and did your dad at times teach tap dancing in the shop store that had large placards built against it? I remember Mr Andrews very well, a little man that wore a sports jacket, cap and glasses. I may have the wrong Miss Andrews, I hope it's you. First may I tell you who I am and perhaps you may remember little Freddie Cannock from number 2, whose father ...Read full memory
Ref: Smarts Fish Saloon, Bishopstoke - it was as a boy in the early forties that we visited this shop to buy fish and chips and more often to buy a pennyworth of scraps which sometimes had a few chips in with them. At that time we had to take our own paper to wrap them in. We then took them to the old churchyard to the large yew tree with a wooden seat underneath and finished them off. I think the yew tree may still be there, at this time it was called Densleys Fish and Chip Shop, obviously the owners before it became Smarts Fish Saloon. I then lived in Church Road and spent much time in the rec, and under the yew tree doing what all boys of that age did - climbing the tower and chasing the girls of course. I wish I was that agile now!
I remember very well Smarts fish and chips. Soaked in malt vinagar and wrapped in news paper. Hot and smelling so good. I remember well Mr and Mrs Pellerade, I wished they were my parents because they were such kind and nice folks. I remember Mrs Pellerade had a china cup, held up to the light and the face of a lady would appear. I remember Mrs Pellerade had a Hoover, I had never seen one before and the noise frightened me. I hope Sandra and Margo, are well and happy, I remember you both very well.
Re Smart's Fish Saloon. My parents Peter and Wyn Pellerade owned this from 1952 to the early 60s when it was demolished to make room for flats. The site never got used but has recently been developed into a doctors surgery. This was in the ancient rights of Bishopstoke, the original post office. It was a beautiful 4 bedroom cottage with the shop space of three rooms on the side.