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Banstead Village

Banstead High Street - old shops
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Banstead High Street - old shops

Shops in Banstead High Street that have long gone.
F W Woolworth
Taylor Bros
Victor Towler
Carsons of Stonleigh
The photograph was taken in the late 1960s.
Picture added on 24 August 2011 at 23:54
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Does anyone remember the shop I think called 'Rays' next to the infant school? It sold everything and anything!
Added by Tracey Cooper on 17 February 2014
Hello Tracey I remember the shop in question and have a feeling you are correct in saying that it was called 'Rays' as you say it sold all sorts of goods. As a child I would go there to do my Christmas shopping for Grandparents,Aunts,Uncles and cousins.
Added by Christine Kent on 21 February 2014
Tracey, I have just found an entry in a local phone book dated 1975 and it is listed as Ray's Quality Bargains 100 High Street Banstead phone number Burgh Heath 57848
Added by Christine Kent on 21 February 2014
My Mum used to work in Rays in the 1970's. She may well have served you. Ray was a strange man. My Dad got his stepson a job in the city and he still works up there. Ray died quite a while ago I believe.
Added by Jacky Watts on 28 February 2014
I used to work in Ray's on Saturdays around 1970/71 with Ray and his wife and yes, it stocked just about everything!
Added by Rita Hart on 16 May 2014
Old shops, but not that old except for FW Woolworth (and the Co-op just out of view) that was there long before. The High Street used to narrow at the junction Woolworth's and Taylor Bros. Shops built late 50s/early 60s?

Woolworth's had wooden floors and openly displayed goods in front of the sales assistants - very advanced for the time, but the manageress was always suspicious of us boys going there! There a large weighing machine with a huge dial near the entrance which, for 1d, produced a small stout card with a record of your weight. But then my bus fare cost 1½d each way!
Added by Michael Funnell on 02 September 2014
The old wooden floors are still there!! in Lorimer's

Added by Andy Wells on 10 March 2018
I had a job in the school holidays with Ray - it would have been 1974-5, I think. I earned 36p an hour, and yes, we sold everything! He was a nice man. It was my first job.
Added by Jane Trewhella on 06 January 2019
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