Banstead High Street - a Memory of Banstead.

I too remember the book shop. It was actually called the Ibis Library and was owned by Martin Gough. He sold a selection of records as well as books and if you wished to listen to some music before buying a record, as was then the custom, Martin had made a makeshift 'listening booth' which was actually under the stairs which led up to his flat above the shop. I bought many records there. I also remember the library which was situated at the east end of the high street, where you had to pay to borrow a book. This predated the public library. I drank many cups of coffee in the coffee shop opposite the Victoria Pub, but I cannaot recall what it was called. Very, very happy memories.

A memory shared by David Hopkins on Jul 4th, 2013. Send David Hopkins a message.

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Thu Oct 11th 2018, at 4:59 pm
Tim Watts commented:
The Ibis was where my dad ordered and bought LPs. Had a row of decorative tiles under each window - one side was a row of "Books" and the other "Polo mints" (yes, meant to depict records).

Shopfronts were so much prettier and more imaginative then - and shopkeepers expected to stay there forever and made their mark, unlike now. I was in Banstead a few years ago and the shop front was still the same, but Streetview shows it has finally succumbed and been rendered completely ugly.

Here's the original look:,-0.1994232,3a,75y,331.42h,84.5t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sbw8VObJwGP4qwlRk1GGhDg!2e0!5s20081001T000000!7i13312!8i6656

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