Shops In Barking - a Memory of Barking.

I remember the shops in Barking very well when I was a child. One of my favourite shops was Bullies the Jewellers, you couldn't miss it because it had a great big clock flush with the pavement at the entrance. I used to dribble at the sight of all the jewels. The other shops were M&S by the swimming baths, and Woolworth's, they had a cafe at the back of the shop which made the best milkshakes. I also remember a shop called Wade & Pollard that sold bed linen, towels, tea towels, net and draw curtains and underwear. As I grew older I started to like fashion and music, oh, and boys, my Mum said we were too poor to spend any money on the things I liked, so I only ever got to look in the shop windows and dream. Happy days.

A memory shared by judith.whitehouse3 on Jul 26th, 2014. Send judith.whitehouse3 a message.

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Sat Aug 2nd 2014, at 10:11 pm
booki18 commented:
Hi Judith I remember all the things you have mentioned I think Wade and Pollard was near the Library opposite the police station I remember Simons he started with his gear in a white van if I'm right near where Barking baptist Tabernacle was I haven't been to Barking town for years I go every other week to the cemetery but I live on Canvey Island and I don't like the A13 when the traffic builds up so I come straight home again!Carole Jordan lloyd
Mon Nov 10th 2014, at 7:18 pm
ian.gilbert8 commented:
Sadly Pollards went bankrupt some years ago. At one time they had over 60 shops. I seem to remember that after Simon had his stall he opened a shop opposite the old library.
I think there were two indoor markets in the town - Blakes & Broadway. I think the Broadway market ran from behind the old Gaumont? cinema and came out in The Broadway. Can't remember where Blakes market was. Can anyone help? I also remember the row of shops along North Street in front of the Abbey ruins. There used to be a barber shop there nearly opposite the pub on the corner (the Bull?). As a boy I had to have my short back & sides haircut, and us small boys had to sit on a plank placed across the arms of the barber's chair. There used to be at least 3 barbers there and there was always a queue of men waiting their turn
Fri Mar 6th 2015, at 4:36 pm
Roy Miller commented:
Brent & Collins the menswear shop just along from Bulleys,there was a fruit and veg stall in a gap between the two shops.Wish I could turn the clock back.

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