Yew Tree Hardware Shop - a Memory of Yew Tree.

My parents had a shop on Maple Drive called Yew Tree Hardware Company. It was no. 24 Maple Drive. When I was a child 'Bentons' was next door. The row of shops had a tobacco/newsagent, (Hobbs) then a green grocer the other side which was Bentons, then a butchers, Daniels, and Gillards had a grocery shop.
My Dad, Sid Pymm, managed the ground floor. He sold paraffin, coal and 'proper' hardware- screws, nails, paint, bolts. The shop was full of shelves with little boxes and we weighed out the nails into paper bags .

I used to serve in the shop in school holidays.
My Mum, Margaret, had the upstairs department and sold toys, wool, haberdashery and baby clothes. She was a lady who liked to chat. She helped people to choose wool and knitting patterns.

Dad delivered the paraffin and coal so that people without cars could manage.
The steps outside the shop displayed the large items, like dustbins. he had a trestle table which was set up outside each day with different wares on it.

They sold the shop when they retired, and it became a dental practice. The shop front was replaced.

 Comments & Feedback

Thu Oct 1st 2020, at 12:34 pm
glamorvan commented:
Dear Elaine. I remember you well. I often helped out in the shop, especially when they went on holiday. I loved it. It was me who wrote about my memories on this page. Valerie.
Wed Sep 30th 2020, at 5:24 pm
Elaine Pitcher commented:
I worked there for 3 years Elaine Pitcher your sister Valerie came in the shop often

Add your comment

You must be signed-in to your Frith account to post a comment.

Sign-in or Register to post a Comment.

Sparked a Memory for you?

If this has sparked a memory, why not share it here?

Tips & Ideas

Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of an important place in your life and ask yourself:

  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history and people?

This week's Places

Here are some of the places people are talking about in our Share Your Memories community this week:

...and hundreds more! Enjoy browsing more recent contributions now.