Banstead Village

Banstead High Street opposite the church
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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!
MADGE
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
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