Byfleet, Plough Corner c.1955
Memories of Byfleet, Plough Corner c1955
Plough Corner always makes me smile, remembering the floods in the 1960s, Byfleet was cut off everywhere except where I lived in the Dawson Road end. My boyfriend lived in Rectory Lane. Imagine, everything was cut off, there was water everywhere, the river way had burst it banks... My now-husband's dad managed to make his way to The Plough through all of that terrible time, we still laugh about it now, "How Bob got to the Pub" ...bless him x
I also remember Mr. Hill as I used to catch the bus every Saturday morning from West Weybridge station, where I lived, to collect the Sunday joint (of meat!!) that my mother had previously ordered by telephone. Mr. Hill had a brother (who looked just like him) who took over when his brother went on holiday and, I believe, ran the shop when Mr. Hill died.
I can remember shopping with my mother at Mr Hill's shop until sometime in the 1970s. We believe that he was one of the last butchers to wrap the meat in newspaper and to have sawdust on the shop floor.
I remember this parade of shops being built. Left to right was Ely's the greengrocers, next door was Mr Hill the butchers, then Humphries the grocer and then Ashworths the chemists. A little further on to the right was Schearers the bakers. Ely's was later owned by Jack Curtain, Humphries Store, Mr Palmer, and Ashworths Chemist Mr Webb. I believe Mr Hill had the butchers shop until the late 1940's. Schearers the bakers was later owned by Mrs Bury and renamed Binfield Bakery, after the road on whose corner it was sited.
Memories of Byfleet
The Plough my Grandad's (Jack Bartram) favourite watering hole, Granny claimed that with the money he spent there it should have belonged to the family. Landlord in those days was Mr Henry Castleman. The bay on the front was almost demolished when during WWII a Welsh Guards Bren Gun Carrier ran in to it killing the lady who was the co-owner of The Old Log Cabin Shop, Minnie Caldwell.
Invicta Cycles was the bike shop in the village and at the front/right of this photo - where the White/Ford/Zodiac car is. I put a deposit down on a Lilac/Pink Raleigh bike and paid some off each week from my paper round monies. The shoe shop and Miss Moores was the last shop, past Invicta on this parade. She was a grand ...Read full memory
I remember 'Granny Bowey' who lived in this house and I knew her grand-daughter Ann Wharton. We lived in Coachman's Cottage High Road from 1946 to 1961 and I attended the 2 Primary Schools in Byfleet as well as West Byfleet Secondary and Fullbrook Secondary Schools. I have enjoyed reading other people's memories of Byfleet on this website. Happy Days.
I had my first bike from the bike shop in Byfleet. First I rode around on a second hand bike which was just a bit too big for me and I rode it up and down Rutson Road and Unwin Avenue (I think). Then for my tenth birthday I got a Raleigh bike....red....from this shop. How I loved that bike and rode it for the next ten years ...Read full memory