Shops of days gone by

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#21

Think Unicorn darts factory is now where the storage place is? Next to maplin?


#22

come to Forest Hill Fashion Week Writers Workshop on September 22 at the Library - we will be looking at fashion in locations - Forest Hill looked very different even when I came 10 years ago. We need people with memories like yours.


#23

Yep. Unicorn place is now the ShurGard. Not my sport but I recall reading somewhere that that site was a world class manufacturer of dartboards.

I remember when the Sabah fish and chip shop on Perry Vale was a chemist.

And the MoT garage on Perry Vale, which is now a block of flats.

And unless I’m very much mistaken, the health centre behind the old Perry Rise fire station used to be a Lada dealership.

And remember when there was a toy shop at the corner of Woolstone Rod and Perry Hill, anyone?


#24

There was a fruit and veg place where Village Way hairdressers now is - is that what you were thinking of Michael? Or was there another place too? The one I’m thinking of was also called Village Way, if I recall. Always had a cat sleeping in the window.

The doors place (which is now gone) used to be a pet shop. We bought our first dog there.


#25

I think the shop at Village Way was Vickers florist and greengrocer. The greengrocer by the butcher was a stall.


#26

Vickers sounds vaguely familiar - but in any event I bow to your superior and encyclopaedic knowledge, @Michael.


#27

There was also a petrol station, where the MOT garage is Honor Oak park / Brockley Rise. After the petrol station it was a garden centre for a while.


#28

What was the name of the sweet shop on Perry Vale opposite Platform 2 at FH Station where the flats are now? Mum always used to take me in there for sweets.


#29

The Cabin
And that’s exactly what it was. Next to where @finches used to have the gardening / camping shop.
That’s going back! Wow I just aged lol


#30

That’s right! Cheers @Snazy


#31

Thanks for challenging my brain there. Good memories back then


#32

And not forgetting of course @rbmartin Finches removals (later Britannia) behind the cabin and finches garden shop.


#33

Superb @Anotherjohn , brilliant find.


#34

There used to be a little sweet shop on the corner of Gabriel St / Garthorne Road. I remember it from when I was really small do about 45 years ago


#35

One of my customers told me that there used to be a car scrap yard type place where the gated houses are between The Framing Salon & what was B Cards on D Rd & the owners son was Damien in the film The Omen.

The same customer told me he had a weekend job back then in a vinyl record shop on London Rd.

Anyone know about these?


#36

You’re right about the car place, @Pauline. I remember there was a car auction on that site one day. I was wandering around FH, had no interest in buying a car but was at a loose end and thought I’d wander up and have a look at what was happening and kill some time.

There was a crappy old Cortina or something like that up for sale. Someone bid £20 and I looked at the auctioneer to see who he was looking at so I could see who was bidding for it. Suddenly, the price was £25. Then it was £30 and I looked again at the auctioneer to see who he was looking at and the bid went up to £35.

Suddenly it dawned on me. Every time I looked at the auctioneer he thought I was bidding for the car! So I stared straight ahead at the Cortina, waited till it got sold to someone else for £40 then made a beeline for Dartmouth Road and never returned there again.


#37

Hahaha Andy, at least you didn’t get lumbered with the car :slight_smile:


#38

Tell me about it! I don’t even think I had a driving licence at the time!!!


#39

Mrs Vickers reminded me of Sybil Fawlty.
Isn’t the Jewellers in Dartmouth road the oldest shop in Forest Hill? I wonder if the same person still works there or if it ever changed hands?
Does anyone remember the Tobacconist opposite the station,where the coffee shop now is?


#40

Village Way was Plug & Socket which moved to London Road. Vickers florist and greengrocer was the shop next door