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Offline Lutonman

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Re: WH Smith Chatham 1968ish
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2011, 12:58:41 »
I think W H Smiths was in the High Street near junction of Manor road and I think it did have a glass canopy.

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Re: WH Smith Chatham 1968ish
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2011, 08:47:32 »
I’ve just remembered that W.H.Smith’s had a glass canopy. See:
http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=5828.msg61611#msg61611
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Re: WH Smith Chatham 1968ish
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2011, 08:34:37 »
Yes, it was Woolworth's. But I wasn't far wrong - like W.H.Smith's, it began with a 'W' :)
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Re: WH Smith Chatham 1968ish
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2011, 18:27:14 »
The shop mentioned by Peterchall in Gravesend sounds to me like Woolworths.  It was on the corner of King Street and High Street, and was just as described with the steps etc.

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Re: WH Smith Chatham 1968ish
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2011, 08:13:39 »
Yes it definetly was Boot's  in Chatham that had those two entrances .

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Re: WH Smith Chatham 1968ish
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2011, 02:17:20 »

That would probably be LeCores. They also had a shop along the Banks in Rochester.


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Re: WH Smith Chatham 1968ish
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2011, 00:32:16 »
Thanks for that. Amazing how 40 years can confuse the mind.

Think most of my Corgi cars came from the toyshop in the High Street near where Tesco is now. Unless I'm wrong about that one as well

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Re: WH Smith Chatham 1968ish
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2011, 23:01:51 »
Smiffy is right, and both High Street and Military Road entrances were level with the road. But there was/is a shop in Gravesend that fits your description - entrance in the main road (not sure of the name) with another entrance in a side street leading down to the river (again not sure of the name) that had steps because of the slope of the road, but I'm not sure if it was WH Smith. Sorry if that's a red herring, but I know from experience that it's possible to remember the right place in the wrong town :)
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Re: WH Smith Chatham 1968ish
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2011, 22:58:46 »
re - smithy , boots was the shop, not wh smith,my good old nan use to take me through there every monday, like i mentioned on another thread (-about paines+co),to go to a bakers in military road and get some cream buns, apparently they are now called devonshire splits-they can be brought in the bakers in the pentagon, so iam told

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Re: WH Smith Chatham 1968ish
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2011, 22:36:15 »

I think your mind is playing tricks. The shop you are describing is definitely Boots. W H Smith was further up the High St near where the Theatre Royal is/was.

If I remember rightly I think I got most of my Corgis from Gees ( bottom of Clover St.)

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WH Smith Chatham 1968ish
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2011, 22:27:16 »
Please can someone confirm whether my mind is playing tricks.

I remember Smiths in Chatham as having entrances on both the High Street and Military Road. Towards the back of the High Street bit there were some steps down and the toys were at the right of the bottom of the steps (my Corgi James Bond Aston Martin came from there).

However the only shop that I can find on the forum that matches what I remember is Boots.  Was Smiths ever on that site or am I just getting senile?

 

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