Leisure => Retail => Hairdressers & Barbers => Topic started by: arthur on May 09, 2013, 00:19:19

Title: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: arthur on May 09, 2013, 00:19:19
Does anyone have a photo to share of any of the following Men's Hairdressers, (required for biography, and where I worked), namely:
Emile's, 347 High St, Chatham (since demolished) 1961 - 1963.
Mantle's in Station St, Sittingbourne (since demolished) 1957.
EH Harley at the top of Canterbury St, Gillingham (opposite Byron Rd School) 1953 - 1957.
Arthur
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Bryn Clinch on May 09, 2013, 07:37:35
I MAY be able to help with Mantle`s. Perhaps I may be confused, but I thought that the original shop was in Dover Street, near Holy Trinity Church. But following demolition it could have moved to Station Street where there was once a Barbers Shop under the name of W. Hellard Wood (where I had my first haicut). There were two other shops that were run by Mr Mantle`s two sons in recent years, one in William Street and the other in East Street.
Hope to have some more info. shortly.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Bryn Clinch on May 09, 2013, 09:43:07
Apologies if I raised your hopes Arthur. I have been in touch with Ian Mantle, who I know quite well, but he hasn`t any photos. When the Dover Street premises were demolished, the business moved to the Hellard Wood shop in Station Street. Ian remembers you as Arthur W......... or Arthur P... I fairly certain it`s not P... Sorry I can`t be of more help!

Have a look on:

http://www.sittingbourne-museum.co.uk/

http://www.hrgs.co.uk/




Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Signals99 on June 29, 2013, 07:21:08
Hi! Anyone remember 'Wooli`s' in Casanuw Street, Rochester? A business run by father and son. I recall the son served in the RAF for a while. Young boys had to sit on a piece of wood placed across the arm rests of their normal wooden chair (no elf an safety rubbish then). Old man Wooli was not a patient man, his battle cry of "keep yer thundering ed still" could often be heard as you passed the open shop door. I went to Troy Town school with young Mr. Wooli`s son Roy, a very nice guy.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Rochester-bred on June 29, 2013, 09:36:35
Signals99, I remember Woolie's, not sure how it was spelt, it was the door on the right next to Silvias (I think it was called), the ladies hairdressers, opposite the old Rochester Police Station in Cazeneuve Street. My mum would take my brothers there sometimes and use the ladies next door, my friend Kate now runs the Eden Rooms hairdressers and lots more there.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: TowerWill on June 29, 2013, 11:50:02
Anyone remember the little gents hairdresser on Dover's High Street in the 1950s? It was on the same side as the Iceland store (not there then of course) but a bit nearer to the Tower Hamlets turning. I remember the entrance door being on the ground floor level and the shop may have been called 'Dons'. Dad would march me there for a 'short back and sides' whenever my hair showed any signs of longer growth. Happy Days!
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Signals99 on June 29, 2013, 12:18:58
Rochester-bred, thank you for sharing that memory, I go back a little bit further than that.
My first recollections of Woolies was prior to the police station being built. It was opposite a group of small shops, can't recall their order, but remember most of their names. Don Williams, butcher, Mr Pye, cobbler, Thorps, newsagent, plus the Miss Dewsbury`s sub post office & ironmongers.  There was also a general grocers shop, again my memory fails me as to the name, at that time the shop next to Woolies was called Russell's. The only other shop on that side was Sharmans a bike /radio repair  place on the corner of Cazeneuve Street and King Street (thanks for the correct spelling of Cazeneuve  street).

PS forgot Squirrels wet fish shop. 
 



Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Lyn L on June 29, 2013, 13:25:11
Not that I remember the barbers, but seem to think the name was Wooley's ?
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: redge on June 29, 2013, 21:46:14
1974 Kellys. #1 Cazeneuve Street. C & W Woolley Hairdressers,
                     3        "                   J & W Pearce Newsagents.
Bill was relocated there in sixties when the new police station was built
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: chasg on June 29, 2013, 21:55:57
Anyone remember the little gents hairdresser on Dover's High Street in the 1950s?

I don't know about the 1950s, but by the '60s it was Fred Stidder.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: TowerWill on June 30, 2013, 07:53:08
Thanks chasg. We would have been using it in the 1960s too. I had a quick glance as I was drawing up to a line of traffic yesterday. I think it's a private dwelling now.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Rochester-bred on June 30, 2013, 09:15:34
lyn L Yes that's right, I thought I had spelt it wrong, My friend has the ladies hairdressers and uses what was the men's Woolley's part as her beauty treatment room. She did all my daughter`s wedding hair do's at my house for the wedding last year.
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Post by: chasg on June 30, 2013, 09:24:40
Someone's got to say it and I can't take the suspense any longer: "Anything for the weekend, Sir?"
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Post by: colin haggart on June 30, 2013, 22:44:05
Chasg, i've hear, Something instead of anything.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: AlanH on July 01, 2013, 10:03:30
I was taken to Wooleys for my haircuts by Dad on lots of occasions. I had to sit on that short plank as well. I knew his son quite well as he went to the tech college up at Fort Horsted by the airport and possibly Troy Town as well.
He was always well groomed and had immaculate hair! For the life of me I can't remember his name but will probably wake up tonight and it'll keep me awake for hours. :)
I even remember old man Wooley singeing the hairs out of blokes noses!!!! How awful.
AlanH.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: shoot999 on July 01, 2013, 10:43:05
Thanks guys for reminding me about the Wooleys plank; I'd forgotten all about that.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: AlanH on July 01, 2013, 10:48:22
And I've just remembered the sons name as Mick.
AlanH.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Signals99 on July 01, 2013, 11:08:35
Hi AlanH, Wooley snr`s name was William, he was known universally as 'Bill'. My recollection of his son`s name was Charles, but always called Chas by his dad. But then again I could well be wrong? ref the son.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: smiler on July 01, 2013, 22:10:53
I used to use Wooley's when I worked at Barnes & Brookers in King St. He brought his moped /motor bike in for repairs one time which I did and got a free haircut as a tip. The bike was something similar to this as I recall. Perhaps someone can remember more than me.         (http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af310/smiler2/kent/Untitled.jpg) (http://s1018.photobucket.com/user/smiler2/media/kent/Untitled.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Signals99 on July 01, 2013, 22:33:21
Smiler, Yes indeed Mr Wooley's bike was similar in shape and layout, but minus the 'body work`.
I think he said it was ex military. It could be folded up. The word 'paratrooper ' comes to mind!
smiler question:- Barns & Brooker -  was it opposite St Peters church, next to the old Sun Light Laundry?
Recall a motor factors being there at one time, can't remember the name!
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: arthur on July 02, 2013, 00:03:00
Anyone remember Gerry Harley who had a barber shop in Station Street, Gillingham (previously under Luton Arches, Chatham).
Also John Parker who worked at shops in Gillingham and Chatham, later worked with horses.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: smiler on July 02, 2013, 07:09:36
Signalls99. B & B took over from the laundry in 59 and the motor factors your thinking of was Smallbones and Jennings wholesale greengrocers was between Smallbones and B & B
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Signals99 on July 02, 2013, 11:38:39
Thanks Smiler, forgotten all about Jennings, that's a pint I owe you  :)
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Troyboy on July 02, 2013, 22:32:59
Thanks to all reference Woolley's. Sorry to ramble a bit.
I remember being sent for my haircuts to Woolley’s, as boy and had to have 3 noughts (short back and sides) and I remember the plank. Also went to Troy Town School with the grandson Michael.
Delivering the morning papers for Thorp's Newsagents. Up the Maidstone Road to the top of the Tideway and down to Arethusa Road.
Taking the glass Leclanche Cell for charging at Sharmans, to be used in the family radio.
Does anyone remember the Cafe, in King Street near Sharmans?  Used to go there to collect the Pease pudding and faggots in a bowl on Fridays for tea.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: AlanH on July 03, 2013, 03:06:30
Maybe it was the barbers grandson I knew as Mick Wooley and not his son. Whatever, he was definitely a rellie and his hair was always much neater than most of us had.
AlanH.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: smiler on July 03, 2013, 07:01:17
Does anyone remember the Cafe, in King Street near Sharmans?  Used to go there to collect the Pease pudding and faggots in a bowl on Fridays for tea.
 
   Dont know when you mean Troyboy but in the late 50s and the 60s it was Queenies
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: peterchall on July 03, 2013, 08:24:16
Smiler, Yes indeed Mr Wooley's bike was similar in shape and layout, but minus the 'body work`.
I think he said it was ex military. It could be folded up. The word 'paratrooper ' comes to mind!
To confirm that the Corgi bike was designed for military use, but the 'folding' was only the handlebars folding flat, so that it could be dropped by parachute.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Signals99 on July 03, 2013, 16:07:52
Queenies Cafe in Kings Street, after a short period at Century Supply`s in Victoria Street, my sister worked in there for a while, she was a very well endowed young lady, the owner encouraged her to wear 'Diana Dors' type roll neck sweaters, it was good for trade, so he said?.
As her younger brother, I had many a free/cheep meal there, we lived in Union Street at the time. :)
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Troyboy on July 04, 2013, 21:21:27
Thank you Smiler and you also Signals99. The time scale was correct. Queenies Café spot on.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: TonyYoung on December 23, 2013, 06:47:43
Getting back to men's hairdressers, anyone remember Ernie Pack in William Street, Sittingbourne - down the steps and almost under the clothing shop on the corner with the High Street - on the left towards the station. Started going to him in the fifties as a kid - he had a high chair for the youngsters, and I and my dad continued with him until 1965 when we left the High Street - went through school with his son Mick. I don't think it was long after that the redevelopment of that section got started.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: grandarog on December 23, 2013, 09:53:52
 I am sure Bryn Clinch and Tony Young will remember Bert Tidy who had the barbers shop in the front of there house underneath Hulburds ( Wetherspoons) at the bottom end of the High Street Sittingbourne.
( I think if they had a hair cut there once, they wouldn`t have returned.)  The shop had a long entrance alcove from the pavement, their shop door was on the left and another shop had the right door. Bert who had taken over from his father served in the East Kent Mounted Rifles and then the West Kent Infantry with my father during WW 1. I had the standard no choice back and sides there until I was old enough to join the RAF and had an even more severe haircut. :)
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Bryn Clinch on December 23, 2013, 13:53:45
Getting back to men's hairdressers, anyone remember Ernie Pack in William Street, Sittingbourne - down the steps and almost under the clothing shop on the corner with the High Street - on the left towards the station. Started going to him in the fifties as a kid - he had a high chair for the youngsters, and I and my dad continued with him until 1965 when we left the High Street - went through school with his son Mick. I don't think it was long after that the redevelopment of that section got started.

I don`t think Ernie Pack was in William Street. The only hairdressers that I can remember there were `Evelyn` (ladies) and Vernon Mantle. I think Ernie Pack was in Berry Street.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: TonyYoung on December 23, 2013, 14:02:15
Bryn, you are so right - why I am thinking William Street, maybe that is also my confusion with Burtons

Berry street, Kingdom Hall up on the left as well as a pub on the right?? - (long gone) - towards the station and Ernie Pack.

Delete all my references to Burtons, what was on the corner of Berry Street and High Street across Berry Street from ??Millet's where I bought my first pair of Levi Jeans from??
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Bryn Clinch on December 23, 2013, 14:14:04
I am sure Bryn Clinch and Tony Young will remember Bert Tidy who had the barbers shop in the front of there house underneath Hulburds ( Wetherspoons) at the bottom end of the High Street Sittingbourne.

Yes, I remember Tidy`s, granderog but never went there for a haircut. Didn`t he move down to East Street into the building that`s now Doves Funeral Service, on the corner of South Avenue. I never heard any bad reports though. There was a barber that I was told to avoid, unless you wanted a traditional short back and sides, and that was `Ginger` in Milton High Street, I never did know his proper name. The two that are fixed in my memory are Hellard Wood in Station Street and Mantles, near the church in Dover Street.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Bryn Clinch on December 23, 2013, 14:25:21
Bryn, you are so right - why I am thinking William Street, maybe that is also my confusion with Burtons

Berry street, Kingdom Hall up on the left as well as a pub on the right?? - (long gone) - towards the station and Ernie Pack.

Delete all my references to Burtons, what was on the corner of Berry Street and High Street across Berry Street from ??Millet's where I bought my first pair of Levi Jeans from??

You`re definitely confusing William Street with Berry Street, Tony. Yes, Milletts was on the corner and, as you say, the Kingdom Hall, the Pub, the Bookies are long gone. In the early sixties I worked at Freegard Press in Crescent Street and their premises extended through to Berry Street so I knew that area quite well, but can`t remember the name of the pub at the moment.

Just remembered the pub - The Castle.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: TonyYoung on December 23, 2013, 14:40:02
and my father worked in the SeeBoard offices on the corner of Crescent Street and High Street - opposite the offices was a bakery and cake shop and towards the station was the ?Presbyterian? Church (6th Sittingbourne Scouts)
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: Bryn Clinch on December 23, 2013, 14:56:14
We`re `off topic`I`m afraid, but just to put the record straight, the church was the United Reformed Church (formerly Congregational) and the bakery was Wicks.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: grandarog on December 23, 2013, 17:11:38
The trendy barbers was Maurice Lewry`s in Albany Road. He had half the shop and the Ladies was the other side. Still a ladies Hairdressers today. Unfortunately Maurice died last year after a long life serving the community both as a Hairdresser and Table Tennis buff.
Title: Re: Men's Hairdressers 1950 - 1963
Post by: merc on December 23, 2013, 21:14:20
I have decided to 'Lock' this thread as Arthurs original request was for photographs of specific mens hairdressers. Also we usually prefer shops/businesses etc. to have their own individual threads.