Even More "Ramblings" From A Barking Boy. - a Memory of Barking.
My fourth set of memories carries on with shops in Barking. Previously I had recalled those along from Fanshawe Avenue to the station. Over the other side past Cambridge Road was Lloyds bank on the corner, my wife and I had a savings account there before we were married.
Also in this block was Worrickers, they had two shops in town the other was in between the Bull public house and Bullies the jewellers. One sold toys only whilst the other prams and baby goods, this was pre. Mothercare days, we purchased our Silver Cross pram here in 1973.
Going down the hill to the traffic lights at Blake's corner I recall an electrical shop and on the far corner Weaver To Wearer tailors, bought a suit there once, not great. My memories of shops between there and Bullies is poor but after Bullies, where we bought my wife's engagement ring, was a menswear shop, was it Brent and Collins, not sure? This is one of my happy memories going there on a Saturday, my wages burning a hole in my pocket, looking at the latest shirt designs in the window, button down, pin collar, tab collar etc. and buying Real Brook shirts at not quite sure if it was 17/6p or £1- 2s and 6 p but I do remember Purchase Tax, happy days.
The Bull was on the corner, mum and dad used to drink there. Opposite St. Margaret's where I was confirmed, we were married by Rev. Roxborough and a few years ago we renewed our vows. Turning right at the Bull into North Street the only shops I can recall were Hills travel agents, they had another one opposite Fanshawe Avenue, the Hong Kong Chinese restaurant and a dentist, my mind on here is a bit of a blank. I think the other side was just a grass verge, it would be great to hear from someone with a better recollection of this little area of Barking.
Fingers aching now but next time my recollections of the shops in London Road and back up Fanshawe to the Odeon.
A memory shared byon Aug 19th, 2015.
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