Merrow, The Forge 1927

Memories of Merrow


I remember these shops well as my family moved into the 'new' council houses in 1952 when Bushy Hill estate was still being developed. From the left, the bright red letterbox which was always regularly painted, then the first shop was a confectioners - maybe also a newsagent/tobacconist - and also a small post office counter (...Read full memory)

Yes I can also remember Mr Cookson, his shop used to be open on a Sunday afternoon (very rare thing those days) and I can remember going there for our Sunday treats chocolate peanuts for my dad and 3d worth of sweets for each of us girls, oh they were the days.

I went to this school from 1950 to 1955. It used to back onto Great Goodwin Farm. I lived just down Merrow Street opposite the farm. My step father worked on the farm.

My father owned and operated the tobacconist and confectioners in this parade of shops from 1954 for many years. He was a blinded WWII serviceman trained by St Dunstans. The lower row of 3 white shops to the right of this photo I believe was originally 'Tea Rooms'. Another was an ironmongers, I forget the middle one. They have been demolished recently for ? flats?

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