Frank's Story - In His Own Words

Co-op and Other Shops

Introduction to London Road Introduction
Time Line Time Line
Residents of Loughton Residents
London Road Landmarks Landmarks

Co-op, Other Shops, onward to the Fountain

The Co-op - I think the date is on it, and it also has the logo WIPS, that was the Wolverton Industrial and Provident Society, fancy name of Co-op. The shop served Loughton and Shenleys - had all sorts of groceries, as well as pots and pans. The assistant went round the villages collected orders on Wednesday, collected up all the order books and then made up all the orders on Thursday in those big brown bags that you see in American supermarkets - then the Co-op baker delivered them on Friday. The 'new ' Tesco's order and deliver is nothing new to us! The bread, milk, meat were brought by vans that came regularly. They didn't do bread and milk in the Co-op, didn't do anything that was liable to go bad, they did other goods - cheese, all that sort of thing. This is the1930's.

The Co-op carried on quite a while after the war. Since Co-op left, has been all sorts - it was furniture store selling 3 piece suites, then electrical goods, then offices for architects or something, then chemists. It had a varied life after the Co-op left. Not sure when Co-op finished. 1960s? Not so sure about that.

(Stella - voice in background - says she used to shop there in the 1960s)

Flyover built about 3 years before M1 opening - when was that? 1959? The flyover was about three years before that - I'll tell you why later.

The Almshouses, they were built by public subscriprion, 1897- replaced two little thatched houses 'out the back'. Next to the Co-op - those two cottages, the one farthest from the Co-op, that was owned by Mr Charles Holt and sister. Holts - they go a long way back in Loughton, there is a Holt Grove just down the road here, they were Lords of Manor at one time, I think. They owned a great deal of Loughton, but by the 30s he lived there with his sister. The houses coming up from there were all built on land that was allotments, owned by Mr Holt. When he died, he left the land to make a charity, it wasn't worth much then, but they sold the land, and the charity is reasonably wealthy today, they give money to the old and poor, of Shenley and Loughton, at Christmas.

I don't remember Foxley's house as a shop. I remember Mr Foxley living there - there might have been a bit of a shop there. They had a horse and cart and went round the villages selling everything from bootlaces to pots and pans there are two houses Foxley's was the lower one. Might have had a bit of a shop, but most of their trade was with the horse and cart. Non-perishable goods.

There were various old ladies in the cottages between Foxley's and Memorial Cottages. I don't remember Miss Benbow, as such. There was a thatched cottage - it burnt out - there was a spark from a steam engine - that was in the 1930's. Just below Foxley's shop.

Further up the road is the old Plough, another public house - not much to say about that, really.
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