Croydon, Surrey Street Market c.1955
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Memories of Croydon, Surrey Street Market c1955

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As I remember the Almshouse have stood on the corner of George St and North End .Wilsons coffee shops were in North End and George St-also in Purley The photo of Surrey St in 1955 might show a stall selling gramoohone records ran by a rosy cheeked lady. I went to South Croydon Secondary Modern school from 1956-60 and still have some photos including school trip to Interlaken in 1959. If you are out there Bernard Corby, I would like to hear from you
The coffee house some people remember was called Wilson's, and although only 8 or 9 I remember a large gold-coloured coffee pot hanging outside, much like a pub sign. Yes, the smell was indeed delicious and pervaded the entire High Street. Wilson's was opposite the old alms houses where the trams now turn left towards Crown Hill. My mum used to take me and my young brother into Wilson's in the early 1950s as a ...see more
I remember walking along the High Street in the 1950’s, the highlight was walking past Kennards towards Crown Hill to the Burtons shop and smelling the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans. For the life of me, I can’t remember it’s name - can anybody help?
I can't remember the icecream parlour but I remember the feller on the banana stall at the bottom of the steps shouting "Narnas get your Narnas all day " also my cousin and myself used to collect old fruit boxes for firewood and take them home to Dartnell Rd on our soapboxes. Good old days Dave Symons