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Comment by G Langford on December 4, 2020 at 11:46

I have one of these too. Can anyone tell me anything about the shop? When it opened and closed? I understand it's around the 1920s. I found this in my departed Grandparents collection, the shop was definitely near where they and their parents lived at the time. Thanks for any help anyone can lend

Comment by Christine Yates on December 5, 2020 at 12:37

Hello Hugh,

from at least 1961 71 Grand Parade was Donaldson and Sons Estate Agents. I worked there from Oct 71-March 73

Comment by Hugh on December 5, 2020 at 12:59

Thanks Christine.

Gerry Langford (above) is looking for the history of the record shop. In an attempt to help him out I checked the phone directories to see if I could tell him when a latest possible date by which Edwards had moved out. In doing so, I found the entry below in the 1962 directory. It seems that you may have been thinking of the premises next door. Do you remember what was next door doing north when you worked at Donaldson's?

Comment by Hugh on December 5, 2020 at 13:48

No 70 had been an estate agent pretty much from when Grand Parade was first built. Did it look anything like this when you worked there?

Comment by Hugh on December 5, 2020 at 14:21

The following in response to Gerry's request to me for more info on the Edwards store. 

It seems to have first opened in 1906 by Misses Beatrice and K.E. (name unknown) Edwards. By 1910, Trixie was running it alone. It ran as a confectioner's till 1924. The following year it became the Edwards Gramophone Saloon/s.

It ran for ten more years and seems to have closed up by 1935. Two years later the shop premises were re-opened trading as the famous Claud Butler cycling shop.

Comment by Christine Yates on December 5, 2020 at 18:21

Hello again Hugh,

Oops, I was slightly adrift on the street number for Donaldson’s. I remember Barclays on the corner is Stanhope Gardens  a sweet shop, two other shops, then Donaldsons, John’s greengrocers, an carriageway to some workshops behind the shops (which may have been stables at some point, then there was Duvall sports shop and a split shop by the entrance to the station where Mr Healy had a jewellery repair shop. Nothing at all as grand as Frith & Co.and no record shop other then Berry’s, and the tiny shop across Green Lanes.

I have remembered the name of the greengrocer opposite the Singer Shop, just up from the tiny Tesco: FORDS.


Comment by Hugh on December 5, 2020 at 18:29

Christine, the signage for Fords survived until 2010. Below is Street View from 2008

Comment by G Langford on December 6, 2020 at 9:39

Hugh, you are a star. Thank you for the research and information. I'm going to preserve the sleeve as it's a physical link to my beloved Grandparents. Thanks also to Christine. Really interesting. I'm touched

Comment by Christine Yates on December 6, 2020 at 15:18

You are most welcome x

Comment by Christine Yates on December 6, 2020 at 15:23

Hugh - thanks for the photo of Fords - it’s exactly the same as it was when I was a child. My mum preferred to shop at Bill Wheeler’s on St Ann’s Road...I think she’s been over-charged in Fords so wouldn’t use them again!

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