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Banstead Village

Banstead High Street in the 1950s (Part One)
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Banstead High Street in the 1950s (Part One)

This is Part One of a postcard which shows Banstead High Street in the 1950s. ( See picture #369 for the right half of this postcard).
The shop names are:
Confectioner VALDOR Tobacconist
William Mitchell
Raylec (See also picture #131) 43 High Street Banstead - the site currently occupied by Collingwood Sound & Vision [May 2014]
Picture added on 01 May 2014 at 14:05
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Mitchell's was newsagent and, most importantly to young schoolboys, a seller of Dinky Toys, which I don't think Dunmore's sold! Next door to Valdor, the shop with the blind, was Cullen"s the grocers. Cullen's was the last/first shop of this parade. Next to that was semi open ground.
Added by Michael Funnell on 01 May 2014
There was a cycle shop, called The Waterloo Cycle Works about two doors along from the Wilmot Cafe. It was what I would call a half-shop as there were angled entrances for each of two establishments – I can't remember the other one. The chap who ran it was a great character – his catch phrase – 'I'll stick it up on the 'ooks' (they hung from the ceiling, and would gladden the heart of any present-day Health & Safety Officer.
Added by Mike Shakel on 02 May 2014
Thank you LNW! This has really made the grey stir.
Pic 368-
Valdor, confectionary & tobacconist. One of the proprietors reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock!
William Mitchell, books & art materials.
Raylec, TV & radio.
Ladies hairdresser, name escapes me?

Pic 369-
Eastmans, dry-cleaners.
Next two shops are a mystery.
Walkers, green grocer.
Wilmot Bakery.

Pic 371 From the Esso sign-
Lancefields, florist.
Co-Op butchers.
Co-Op grocery store.
Finlay, tobacconist & café.
Gerrards green grocer.
Hearns the butcher.
W.H.Smith, stationer & news agent.
Next shop ???.
Entrance to flats above shops.
Next shop ???
Hawkins, school uniform supplies & gents outfitter.
Entrance to flats above shops.
Madge, ladies hair dresser, with gents at rear.
Banstead Corn Stores, garden & pet supplies.

Not too bad I hope? Keep delving.
Added by Clive Bloxham on 02 May 2014
Valdor is listed in Phone directories 1950's to 1970's as C.Valdor Confectioners 39 High Street Bastead Tel Burgh Heath 1293.
Added by David Hopkins on 02 May 2014
Pic 368. I vaguely remember my parents, or maybe grandparents, referring to the man at Valdor's as Mr Teasy Weasy. Apparently he had been a hairdresser somewhere posh in London. I always thought he was very nice, and he was always very smartly dressed! Also, wasn't the grocers originally Kingham's before it was Cullen's?
Added by Jane Trewhella on 06 July 2016
Picture 368 - Scotts the Ladies Hairdresser on the corner of Wilmot Way was owned by Mrs. Measures - Her son Michael (Mick) went to Sutton Grammar School.
Valdor's Confectioners was kept by Mr. Tommy Tew and Mrs. Tew.
Mitchell's was a Newsagent and Stationers. The son was John Mitchell who played cricket for Burgh Heath CC on Tattenham Way Rec.
Added by Tony F. Collinson, OBE on 21 February 2017
In those days "Sutton Grammar School" was actually Sutton County School although it was a grammar school. The nearest schools for boys in Banstead schools who passed the 11+ exam were Sutton County, Glyn at Epsom, or Reigate Grammar. Girls could attend Sutton High or Reigate County. I don't recall others, but surely there must have been one.

Added by Michael Funnell on 25 February 2017
Mr Teasy Weasy was Raymond Bessone celebrity hairdresser who had a salon in Wardour Street Soho.
Added by David Hopkins on 26 February 2017
Yes there were. I went to Glyn Grammar in Epsom and I remember travelling to school on the 164 bus with young ladies who attended the 'Convent of the Sacred Hearts School'. This was a single sex school also in Epsom. I also had a girlfriend who attended the De Burgh school in Burgh Heath.
Added by David Hopkins on 26 February 2017
Re: Clive Bloxham's note. The Wilmot Café was owned by Mr. & Mrs. Len Cole. Len was a fine and stylish opening batsman for Banstead CC.
Alan Armstrong was a Surveyor and Estate Agent on the corner of Wilmot Way and I remember a Wool and Knitting shop in that parade of shops owned by Miss Pierce

Note from LNW: Interesting, as I live in Len Cole's house. I knew he ran a fishmongers but not the Café
Added by Tony F. Collinon, O.B.E. on 01 March 2017
There was also a gentleman's hairdressers in this block name "Collinson" (No relation to me), by the side alley entrance to the flats above the shops (opposite All Saints Church)
Added by Tony F. Collinson on 01 March 2017
The only fishmongers that I recall were "Leach's" formerly"Wessons" next door to Dunmore's by Highview Path and "Cole's" on the bank next to Smith's the Ironmongers opposite "Dunmore's"
Added by Tony F. Collinson on 03 March 2017
That's all I recall as well. I don't remember the name Wesson as I think I'm too young (see #403 though). I think Banstead Fisheries became Leach Bros.

Banstead Fisheries is pictured in #403, and I've found two references in The London Gazette-
6th June 1947
"Notice is hereby given by a deed poll dated 19th May 1947 and enrolled in the Supreme Court of Judicature on 23rd May 1947 Israel Bernard Calvin formerly known as Israel Bernard Cohen of Banstead Fisheries, High Street, Banstead in the County of Surrey, a natural born British subject renounced and abandoned the use of his former surname of Cohen and assumed in lieu thereof the name of Calvin. - Dated the 23rd day of May 1947"

6th December 1963 - Banstead Fisheries after 3 months from that date, notice is given that Banstead Fisheries Ltd will be struck of the Companies Register and dissolved, unless cause is shown to the contrary. Did it then become Leach Bros?

There was a fishmongers at Burgh Heath opposite Reigate Road and next door to the butchers (that also had rabbits and wood pigeons hanging for sale).

Was there a "florists" type shop near where Cole's was? Firmin's?
Or is my memory playing tricks?
Added by Michael Funnell on 03 March 2017
Response from BHRG member Mike Shackel:

Never heard of Firmins and the only florist I remember was Lancefields. An earlier comment on the page refers to Wessons, Leaches and Dunmores. Wesson was on the south side and Banstead Fisheries was next to Dunmores, next to Boots, next to French & Foxwell, going westwards on north side.

Another apparent query – Scotts was the name of the hairdresser on west corner of Wilmot Way. In my day the owners’ name was Measures. Son, Mick Measures married Nan Cory, sister of our current BHRG President Mark Cory.

Note from LNW: The BHRG Chairman, Stuart Sweetman is currently undertaking the task of locating and listing every property in the High Street and recording the name of the owner, name of the shop, photographs, adverts, posters, stories etc etc going back over time as far as he can. All contributions to the project would be welcome, especially previously unpublished photographs or memories.

Added by LNW on 04 March 2017
Mike Shackel mentions Nan and Mark Corry. In 1944 a doodlebug hit their home on Nork Way and I saw them and their parents and dog crawl out unharmed from the rubble that was left.

Note from LNW: They did indeed - we have photos.
Added by Tony F. Collinson on 08 March 2017
Len Cole did not own Cole's the Fishmongers. It was owned by another Mr. Cole who lived at the bottom of Greenhayes Avenue. He was tall and balding, most unlike Len Cole, owner of the Wilmot Café!

Note from LNW: Thanks Tony. I did not know either of them, and it sounds like the information I was given when I moved to Banstead , is incorrect.
Added by Tony F. Collinson on 09 March 2017
Len Cole, fishmonger, had a shop opposite Dunmore's and next to Hilton the builder (also at the Nork). The shop was demolished to make way for the 'new' parade of shops to the east of the Institute.
Added by N Davis on 24 April 2017
Sorry, but Len Cole did not own a fishmongers opposite Dunmore's. It was owned by another Cole who lived in Greenhayes Avenue.
Added by Tony Collinson on 25 April 2017
Len Cole, married to Vera, was our neighbour for 25 years and a fishmonger, living in Fiddicroft Avenue. We don't know whether he owned a shop. They had two sons, Tony and ?, one of whom lives near the Rambler's Rest.
Added by Veronica and Alan Lansdown on 25 April 2017
Mr Collinson and Mr Davis, you have set an interesting challenge. I made the mistake of assuming that one of you must be right and the other wrong however you are both right!

Thanks to a few enquiries with other members of BHRG I can inform you that Len Cole owned the shop in the High Street which was roughly where Tescos is now, however it was run by his brother who also lived in Banstead, presumably in Greenhayes Avenue. Their father, Thomas Cole was also a fishmonger and had a shop in Battersea or possibly Fulham and it seems likely that Len ran this shop.

I will add to this as I find more information but the big question is - does anyone have a photo of this shop?

Thanks to Christine Kent and Marion Woodward for information so far.
Added by Lewis on 26 April 2017
Unfortunately I have only a mental picture, which now maybe blurred with time, but I seem to recall the shop floor was slightly above pavement height so you had to walk up to the shop itself.
Added by Michael Funnell on 27 April 2017
My father, Frank Riche, was a partner in Raylec. The hairdressers next door was Scotts, where my mother, Kathleen, worked. I can provide the link with Mr Teasy-Weasy - my mother had worked for him in Soho before she moved to Banstead. He was THE hairdresser to the celebrities of the day.
Added by Jon Riche on 29 April 2017
The shops on the land between the Church Institute and two private houses (which were adjacent to the Infants School), were indeed up a step of about nine inches and set back some six feet from the pavement.
Added by Tony Collinson on 03 May 2017
I must apologise to everyone, the Cole I knew who ran the fish shop was Stan Cole and, as you say, lived towards the bottom of Greenhayes Avenue with his wife Pat.
Added by N Davis on 06 May 2017
So my memory did not let me down!!
Added by Tony Collinson on 09 May 2017
With regard to all the previous messages on the Cole family. I am the daughter of Stanley Cole who owned the fish shop in Banstead High Street, his brother Leonard Cole owned a fish shop at 59 Lavender Hill, Battersea and their other brother Roy Cole owned a shop at 195 St John's Hill, Battersea. I have a photo of the fish shop in Banstead High Street. All the shops were called Thomas A. Cole & Sons as my grandfather started the business. His father, my great grandfather Thomas
Cole was also a fishmonger as were several other members of the family.
Added by Liz Cole on 21 October 2017
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