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Location of Washford Bakery
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Location of Washford Bakery

I have added this photo from my collection in response to an image of the Washford Bakery which has been published on Facebook. There is some discussion about the exact location of the bakery and although the shop is not visible in this photo, the location is. The bakery was sited immediately past the telegraph pole on the LHS where the double pavement indicates that the bakery was set back from the rest of the shop fronts. Opposite was the old pond in the High Street and of course even the tree has now gone although that survived into the new millennium.

The postcard is undated and the two cars in the foreground look very early 1920's models. However the one on the right at the back of the picture is more 'modern', possibly getting on for the mid 1930's. There is nothing unusual about this because people used to keep their cars for many years, and based on this I have shown a date of 1935
Picture added on 04 March 2015 at 13:30
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The photo is certainly post-1934 as there was still a grass verge in the middle-distant High Street, level with the shops with blinds. Wesson, the fishmonger whose shop was at the Washford Bakery site, was advertising in January 1926 so the bakery was pre-this.
Added by Mike Shackel on 10 March 2015
Apart from the cars the picture doesn't look very different from when I started school in the late '40s! The shop next to the tree ( European Lime) is Boots, the chemists, and I think it had a library upstairs! Also Banstead Fisheries was in existence. The shop next to Boots with the bay canopy was Dunmore around 1950. I don't know the connection between that and the postcard series.
The car on the left of the street looks possibly like a prewar Austin Cambridge, but it's very difficult to tell. However cars with that type of build started being made about 1935/36 so 1935 would be a good date year. The one in the garage also looks post 1935.
Presumably the garage is French & Foxwell

Added by Michael Funnell on 14 November 2015
Dunmore's was owned by Mr. Chinn. He kept a wide selection of books and toys as well as being a newsagent and confectioner. His son, Peter, was a pilot in the RAF and went to train others in Canada during the 2nd. World War
Added by Tony Collinson on 12 May 2017
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