Leisure => Retail => General Stores => Topic started by: Ajemp on October 26, 2015, 21:09:27

Title: Books reading.................ajemp.
Post by: Ajemp on October 26, 2015, 21:09:27




  Who remembers  the Anglo/ American book shop in Chatham High Street?    I seem to recall there was  a step down  to get  into the shop, it was always very busy. Books, comics, etc.
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Post by: Dinsy on October 27, 2015, 13:04:44
Where roughly in Chatham High Street was that, Ajemp? I can't think of many shops in the High Street where you step down into the shop...  :)
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Post by: smiffy on October 27, 2015, 15:53:50
I think this has been discussed here before somewhere. I remember buying "Classics Illustrated" and DC comics in there. It was between Union Street and the Ritz Cinema. All long gone now.
Title: Re: Books reading.................ajemp.
Post by: Ajemp on October 29, 2015, 21:44:25

  Hi Dinsy!  The shop was just past AFSMITHS, heading towards the Pentagon,on the left.
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Post by: smiler on October 30, 2015, 08:51:59
Ajemp sorry but it was between the Ritz and Union St, A F Smiths was the other side of Union St  :)
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Post by: Dinsy on October 30, 2015, 13:09:00
Oops, sorry - I didn't mean to start a disagreement!!  :)

I know that Varley's Electrical has a step down into the shop, so am I right in assuming that all the shops built on that particular stretch of the high street had steps down into them?

I'll have a look through my local history books and see if I can find any images of the area, and maybe anyone with a Kelly's could also have a look?

When was the book store trading? (And I'm only asking out of curiosity, I really don't want to start ANOTHER disagreement!!!)  :) :)
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Post by: smiffy on October 30, 2015, 16:32:21
Not a very good picture, but I believe it was one of the shops towards the left here.

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Post by: smiler on October 30, 2015, 18:59:42
I'm pretty sure it was either next to Marcus or second not big on the outside but went back a long way. Great selection of american and turkish ciggies and of course the famous joystick which was about 6/7 inches long, plus the comics and mags.Still trading in the 60s.
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Post by: Dinsy on October 31, 2015, 09:27:43
That's a great picture, thank you Smiffy! I've not seen a picture of that particular view before. When were those shops demolished?
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Post by: Ajemp on November 03, 2015, 11:18:20

Hi Smiffy, what a nice photo, brought back some memories , the shop was trading in the late 50s/60s possibly  longer. I`m sure it is the shop ajacent to Marcus stores.
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Post by: smiffy on November 03, 2015, 15:00:21
All of these shops were swept away by the construction of the "ring road" so that would probably be late '70s - early '80s.
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Post by: KeithJG on November 11, 2015, 18:58:55
Hope i am not butting in...but as a few of you know around this area of Chatham, what was that white hut like shed on the right hand side used for?

I can only remember a few times the front shutters away and i think they were selling things like tickets?...this is back in the `60`s.
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Post by: redge on November 11, 2015, 20:41:16
Kelly's 1974, 346b Chatham High Street. Pats (N. S Briggs), Tobacconists & theatre agents. This doesn't sound right to me.
It also lists the Little Crown P.H. at 346, High Street.
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Post by: KeithJG on November 12, 2015, 08:13:50
i looked at Kelly`s 1965 and i think you are on the South side the "Ritz" side.

On the North side they mention the "Taylors" fruit and veg merchant next to the white shed .....but no white shed !
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Post by: smiler on November 13, 2015, 10:46:15
It was an ice cream stall
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Post by: KeithJG on November 13, 2015, 14:26:25
Thanks for that smiler..