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Memories of Cranford, the Berkeley Arms c1965

Hi all, have thoroughly enjoyed reading all the memories of cranford, I lived in cranford from birth in 1978 until late 1986 my father was born in cranford in 1945, I just wandered if anyone had any photographs of cranford, anytime from anytime between about the late 1940's through to the mid 1980's? If (...Read full memory)

In 1961 I got my first job after leaving school at S & R Smiths Garage on the Great South West Road. The owners were brothers Sydney and Raymond Smith. We called them Mr Ray and Mr Sid. I started in the stores department. It was a Ford dealers and sometimes I would be sent out on my bicycle to fetch parts from main Ford (...Read full memory)

My parents moved to Cranford in 1938, I was 3 years old. My dad was a pastrycook / baker and had got a job with a local firm in Cranford across from ‘The Berkeley Arms Hotel’ To the left of the hotel was a cherry orchard. A bakers shop and a hairdressing salon with a two bedroom flat had been built opposite, this was (...Read full memory)

There was Hawkins grocers shop next to Cliffords and a newsagent next to the library. Think the greengrocer (opp. Victoria Wine) was called Lawrence's. Hardware shop was Parsons. Electric shop (next to the cafe) was Richards Radio. Was the butchers Deane's? Opposite side of the road was the post office/Leakes the baker (...Read full memory)

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