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Banstead Village

Banstead High Street opposite the church
The Banstead Image Library
Banstead High Street opposite the church

The image is part of a postcard which was posted in 1958
the shops shown are:
Burgh Heath Corn stores!
F. G Hawkins
H Hibberd

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Picture added on 01 May 2014 at 14:56
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In a phone book dated 1957 MADGE is listed as being 67 High Street Banstead (Ladies Costumiers)

note from LNW: That makes sense as Hawkins, the shop past the clock, I believe is now MARK ONE PETS and that is number 69.
Added by Christine Kent on 01 May 2014
This is before alternate side on alternate days parking was introduced. I think the vehicles are Austin Somerset, Standard Vanguard, Austin K2 lorry and Morris van. The garage was French and Foxwell, but I think it had changed hands to Rose, but memory may be playing up! I thought F&F sold National Benzole, but it's clearly changed to Esso. I think Hearn's, the butchers, is along there somewhere and the last shop next to the garage was or became Lancefield's.
Added by Michael Funnell on 01 May 2014
Found Hibberds Radio at 71 High Street Banstead in 1953
Added by Christine Kent on 01 May 2014
It's interesting that the shop sign says Burgh Heath Corn Stores, but others and I have referred to it as Banstead Corn Stores and that's how I knew it. There was, of course, Burgh Heath Corn Stores at Burgh Heath close to the barbers on the A241 near to where it met the A240/A241 close to where it met the A217 Brighton Road.
Added by Michael Funnell on 02 May 2014
I have enjoyed reading everyones' memories of Banstead. It was good to be reminded of many shop names, forgotten, but remembered again!! One person in Banstead I particularly remember is Geoff Pushman who had a sweet shop in Shrubland Road at the botton of Ferndale Road, where I lived until marrying in 1963. Geoff was a great character and produced many pantomimes etc in the Institute when we were children. Does no-one remember him??? I particularly remember him as Widow Twankey!!!

Note from LNW: Hello Pat, thanks for your contribution. You seem to have spotted a rather large hole in our people's section on the BHRG website as there is nothing about Geoff despite his great contribution to Banstead. I guess we have concentrated more on historical figures. We do however have many of his SPOTLIGHT magazines and also at least two books about his memories/plays etc so he is not forgotten. I will try and put up a photo of him on this site and see what contributions we get - I am sure there would be many.
Added by Pat Newell nee Bromley on 18 September 2014
Geoff Pushman and Val Randall used to give picture shows for children in the shack next to The Victoria during World War II. Mostly black and white Westerns. (see "Banstead in Focus" written by Val Randall) Val's daughter used to work in the Westminster Bank opposite Valdor's the sweet shop on the North side of the High Street.
Added by Tony Collinson on 10 May 2017
They also put on the Pantomime every year in the Banstead Institute, which was greatly entertaining for us as children. He also had a sweet shop in Shrubland Road.
Added by Pat Newell Nee Bromley on 10 May 2017
I lived in Diceland Road, just round the corner from Geoff's sweet shop, for 10 or more years from the mid-1950s, and as a kid I knew him well. He used to give film shows to the local children in a house in nearby Lyme Regis Road - usually Charlie Chaplin reels, because he worshipped the actor and was a walking encyclopedia on all things Chaplin, and we loved these films, whatever they were.

Geoff Pushman was a warm and generous-hearted man; he shaved perhaps twice a week so he constantly had a stubble (decades before designer stubbles became de rigueur); he also had a lifelong stammer (which, of course, children noticed), and he lived in the rear, and above, his shop with his mother.

Someone like Geoff couldn't exist today, because time has moved on - yet he was a central part of our local community, and we were all the richer for him. I believe he rests in Banstead churchyard, where a memorial seat also bears his name.
Added by Peter Denton on 15 May 2017
The Corn Stores sold a wide range of goods for "smallholders", pets, pet food and gardening tools. You could buy wheat, bran, middlings, kibbled maize, mash, etc for feeding to chickens, and maybe even pigs and other animals. They also sold hay, straw, and stock netting/wire mesh, as well as wheelbarrows and gardening tools. You could buy goldfish, and, in the summer, tortoises (possibly imported from Greece!). They stocked a series of little booklets that advised about keeping various animals/pets. I'm sure I remember the name as "Little Ditchling" series, but I can't find any reference to these on the web. Packets of flower and vegetable seeds were stocked - I'm not sure if they were Bees (seeds) or Carter's or both brands. It was possibly the last surviving High Street shop from my childhood.

FG Hawkins was an outfitters and supplied school uniforms etc eg for the village school.
Added by Michael Funnell on 16 May 2017
The Corn Stores - two lovely gentlemen ran it in the 70s, both wearing brown shopkeeper's coats. Anyone remember their names? Everything in big hessian sacks on the floor, including Winalot dog biscuits, scooped, weighed and bagged in paper bags. So little packaging waste.
Added by Tim Watts on 31 January 2018
Absolutely fascinating reading each contributor’s experiences and relating to observations of my own childhood memories. Many of the old shops I can remember after being reminded by images and comments.

I worked a Saturday job in the ‘Select’ fruit shop at the top of the high street in the early sixties whilst at school. The shop was next to Robert Fullers who had only one unit at the time and a shop selling baby’s clothes (possibly called the ‘Nursery Fare’) on the other side . . . we used to have queues of customers spilling out onto the footpath during a Saturday morning.

One of the reasons I was drawn to this captivating site was a comment I made referring to a ‘Tesco’ shop I was convinced once situated in the High Street. I vaguely remember . . . long before self service arrived . . . purchasing involved requesting an item, to a lady behind a long marble counter and waiting for her to fetch the product, wrap it up and ask for the money. I wonder if anyone else remembers or can help? . . . maybe via a telephone directory or memory.

Reply from LNW: Peter, one of our members has undertaken a High Street project over the last few years to try and establish who owned which shop and what their trade was, going back as far as he can. I will make him aware of your comment and see what he can come up with.
Added by Peter Wells on 25 November 2018
This list was posted back in 2014

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
Added by Lewis Wood on 26 November 2018
The image contributed by David Hopkins entitled 'Cub Scouts marching in Banstead High St 1950s' (see picture #372) clearly shows there was in fact a Tesco's and so my quest has been answered. Many other shops have come to mind and I will try and list them in the near future.

Note from LNW:

Mike Shackel says:

The Tesco shop was next to W H Smith's (going east). It was the second shop in the ‘new’ development of shops ending at the beginning of the South Suburban Co-op store.

I believe that the contributor may mean the Co-op which had marble counters (Tesco didn’t as far as I remember).
It was as at this Co-op I first came across the ‘aerial’ transport system for payment and receipt delivering. We also had the silver-coloured tinplate tokens dished out there.

Added by Peter Wells on 26 November 2018
Yes the Tesco store originated back in the 1930s and was at 77 High Street. The Banstead Urban District Council gave planning permission on 9 December 1936 for ' shop front and interior fittings at second new shop. High Street, Banstead, for Messrs. Tesco Stores Ltd. (Surveyor to request that neon lighting should not be red or green).'
Added by Stuart Sweetman on 26 November 2018
Going in the opposite direction after the Esso sign, there was a Boots Chemist shop which had a library upstairs, then a newsagent, then a fresh fish shop.
Added by Pat Newell Nee Bromley on 04 May 2019
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