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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #34 on: June 20, 2015, 18:24:13 »
The two Lecore shops were owned separately by brothers Les and - I  think - Stan:
http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=9429.msg46059#msg46059
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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #33 on: June 20, 2015, 16:41:19 »
KeithJG, that`s a very strange name for a model shop. It appears to be French but, as far as I am aware, "Le" is obviously French but "Core" is not. I`m wondering if the two shops had the same owner, as a friend of the Mr. L. Comber that I knew once told me that his original name was Le Combre which, I assume, may be a corruption of Comber (or the other way round). I`m wondering whether CDP may remember Mr. Comber as I think it`s possible that both were maths teachers (I think), CDP at Sheerness Tech. and Mr. Comber at Borden Grammar, Sittingbourne.

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #32 on: June 20, 2015, 10:05:47 »
Out of interest here is Lanes in Rochester in 1967 and also Le Core Model Shop on the Banks with the sweet shop next door.

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #31 on: June 19, 2015, 14:18:02 »
Thanks for that .....Ii have just found also on the Frith site that the toy shop was Bakers at the bottom of Canterbury Street.

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #30 on: June 19, 2015, 13:59:03 »
KeithJG - I believe the toy shop at the bottom of Canterbury Street was Bakers.

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #29 on: June 18, 2015, 20:14:30 »
Lanes toy shop was definitely at 75 High Street Rochester in 1956 when I lived in the High Street, and was still there when I moved away in 1961. Spent a lot of my pocket money there on Hornby Dublo.

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #28 on: June 18, 2015, 17:51:56 »

I also remember Lanes were gone from there in the mid sixties so did they then move to Rochester High Street?
I knew Mr L. C. Comber, whose wife ran the toy shop in Rochester High street, from 1948 - 1956 (approx.) so I don`t think it can be the same shop. A close friend of Mr. Comber told me about this shop - perhaps he was wrong? Or were there two shops?

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #27 on: June 18, 2015, 15:01:53 »
Thread resurrection....sorry just noticed!

But Lanes Toyshop used to be at the bottom right hand side of Canterbury Street Gillingham in at least as early as 1955 as I used to put a penny in the slot to see the train go around on my way home from the Grand Cinema.....also the owners boy about 17yrs old used to play with all the trains and I was envious being only 7yrs because I wanted to play with them!

I also remember Lanes were gone from there in the mid sixties so did they then move to Rochester High Street?

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #26 on: September 07, 2013, 09:07:35 »
Numanfan thanks for your help.
It fairly obvious my memory has let me down on this one, sorry all, it was never my intention to mislead or muddy the water. Maybe its time to stand back for a while and let others do the blogging? Thanks for the memories. :)

No need to apologize or to stop posting - that's the great thing about this forum, a question is asked, people start discussing it, memories of long forgotten shops/roads/people return & the thread develops.

To try & accurately remember a shop name from nearly 60 years ago is not easy - nobody is perfect (except me, I've got the Kelly's Directories :)).

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #25 on: September 07, 2013, 08:29:19 »
Numanfan thanks for your help.
It fairly obvious my memory has let me down on this one, sorry all, it was never my intention to mislead or muddy the water. Maybe its time to stand back for a while and let others do the blogging? Thanks for the memories. :)


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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #24 on: September 06, 2013, 22:43:58 »
Numanfan, please would you do me a service, I don't have a Kelly's directory, will you look up a shop called Drakes for me? It was the name of the model shop until Le Cores took it over. Circa 1946,7,8.
It had a tobacconist on its left and a large scruffy old shop that sold second hand motor cycles on the right, then an alley next to the Medway Little Theatre premises next to the Junior Fleet Club.

Sorry, I only have a few years' copies of the Kelly's Directory, not access to every year. In the 1955 edition I'm quoting from, there's no mention of Drake along that stretch of High Street. As I previously posted, A.E. Lake Ltd are in the shop that became Le-Core Bros. Also worth mentioning is that the Medway Little Theatre wasn't there either, Kent Art Printers Ltd. were in no.256 which would eventually become the MLT.

I think this should be started in a new topic, as we've drifted away from the original shop. Could the moderators please move it?
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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #23 on: September 06, 2013, 14:56:25 »
Back to Lanes and the step down at the entrance: Presumably this would have been due to the ground sloping down towards Corporation Street, and I think it was the case for all of the shops in that stretch of the High Street.

As mentioned earlier, I think the business kept going selling models when the supply of boys' toys dried up during the war, but what happened with girls' toys? How did the girls fare for toys during the war?
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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2013, 13:06:05 »
1974 Kelly's, Rochester High st.
  256, Medway Little Theatre,
  264, Le-Core, Models.
  266, Mrs B Woodcock, Confectioner,
  268, P.A.S, Printers,
  270, Baker Voges Ltd, Photo printers,




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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #21 on: September 05, 2013, 23:04:06 »
Numanfan, please would you do me a service, I don't have a Kelly's directory, will you look up a shop called Drakes for me? It was the name of the model shop until Le Cores took it over. Circa 1946,7,8.
It had a tobacconist on its left and a large scruffy old shop that sold second hand motor cycles on the right, then an alley next to the Medway Little Theatre premises next to the Junior Fleet Club.

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2013, 21:54:42 »
Hi Signals99,

is it possible you are thinking of this shop on the Banks?

264 High Street - Lake A. E. Ltd, upholsterers, cabinet makers, mouldings, ply-woods &c; model specialists.


From the 1955 Kelly's Directory.
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