Monday, 6 February 2012

Warren Avenue Shopping Parade

We're going to divert from the purpose of this blog for a couple of days. If only to satisfy my desire to research a bit further this parade of ex-shops in Warren Avenue, Shirley Warren (following on from the last entry about the Clock at 139 Warren Avenue).

Looking at the picture, it is hard to imagine that only 40 years ago, each of these properties from 137 to 151 Warren Avenue had a shop front. The picture is taken from Google Maps, taken in 2008 - so it is a little out of date, as the shop front at 141 has been removed.

But in 1931, not long after the estate of Shirley Warren has been completed, this was a parade of shops, just waiting for the residents of the local area to shop there. Though it should be noted that 137, 143, and 147 either didn't exist or were empty. And Tremona Road was then known as Chilworth Road.

At the time, Harry Spake had his butchers at 139, and next door at 141 was a confectioners run by Albasiny - 145, T.P Feathestone had a drug store, 149, a florist run by Mrs Bassie Odell, and the corner slot at 151 was another butcher run by George Tingey.

By 1935, 137 and 143 finally became shops, with Dennis Stephens running a hairdressers at 137, and the Co-op (or to give it it's full name, Southampton Co-operative Society Ltd) set up shop at 143. Mark Rubens had taken over 141 and added a post office to the sweetie shop. And Miss Edwards had taken over the Drug store at 145.

At the start of the second world war, the shops changed hands and looks again. 137 had now become a grocer run by Michael Pagliara. Ralph Watson now runs the post office and sweetie shop at 141. Claude Cole is now the chemist at 145. And 147 now makes an appearance as an Ironmongers, run by Cyril Walter, with a hairdressers above. The most interesting change was that 149 is now a bakers, trading as "James's Electric Bakeries Ltd", with a hairdressers above. And the corner slot became a hairdressers, run by Peggy Maison.

A year later in 1940, not a lot had changed. Though it would appear that Ralph Watson must have gone to war, as the post office and sweetie shop was now being run by Mrs Watson. And finally 151 had become empty.

The first ten years of this parade of shops is an interesting one. So many businesses started and failed in such a short space of time. But the purpose of these shops for the local residents is starting to show it's importance. On my next blog entry (due in a couple of days) I will look at the shops from the end of the war.

1 comment:

  1. "On my next blog entry (due in a couple of days) I will look at the shops from the end of the war."

    did you ever do this ? i cant find it :(