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royston2000

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Re: Coal Merchant Luton Road Chatham 1942
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2015, 17:36:13 »
Hi Redge,
the Cyril Fisher that you have as being at 272a Luton Road was my Uncle and it was his Father that was the Coal Merchant, my Grandfather

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Re: Coal Merchant Luton Road Chatham 1942
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2015, 12:54:56 »
1948 Kelly's  states,
314, Luton road, Reeves, Alfred Edward.  Dairy
316,         "          Fisher, Edward, G,  Greengrocer.


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Re: Coal Merchant Luton Road Chatham 1942
« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2015, 16:57:17 »
Redge, can you tell who Kelly's list at 314 and 316 Luton Road from 1948 or slightly later? I believe 314 was Reeves (dairy) and 316 Fishers. Thanks.

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Re: Coal Merchant Luton Road Chatham 1942
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2015, 13:58:37 »
James P is definitely correct with the location of Fisher's coal merchants and greengrocery being next door to the Luton school. 

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Re: Coal Merchant Luton Road Chatham 1942
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2015, 11:18:11 »
1948 Kelly's states,
272, Luton rd, F.W. Drago. Radio dealer.
272a      "       Cyril Fisher.
274,       "       Arthur Calvart, Fried Fish.
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Re: Coal Merchant Luton Road Chatham 1942
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2014, 15:34:30 »
My better half recalls Butlers coal merchants were at the site in late 1960's, where James P reports near the school.

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Re: Coal Merchant Luton Road Chatham 1942
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2014, 10:45:35 »
Stewie, I think the coal merchant you mean may have been Alex Silletto that end of Luton.

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Re: Coal Merchant Luton Road Chatham 1942
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2014, 18:36:41 »
1974 Kelly's states
  272, Luton road. Quality automatics. (Fruit machines)
  274, Luton road. Luton Fish & Chips.
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Re: Coal Merchant Luton Road Chatham 1942
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2014, 17:30:30 »
Hi Royston 2000
                         I'm very interested in your reply as it seems we are both correct in our memories which leads me to wonder if, 1. We are discussing the same period in time. 2 We are referring to the same family business.
Is it possible that your Grandfather moved premises in the early 1950's or that the Mr. Fisher, that I clearly remember, was a relative or no relation whatsoever?
By end of the 1950's the shop, which is now Barney's Bikes, was a Ladder dealers and next door a fish and chip shop, unfortunately my memory will not take me back further than that. I have however heard previous reference to the electrical dealers.
I always find it a pleasure to discuss matters 'Old Luton' so please post your photos if you can.

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Re: Coal Merchant Luton Road Chatham 1942
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2014, 21:51:58 »
Hi James P

Many thanks for your reply regarding my Grandfather`s coal business. I am not certain if you are correct about the address as I had a feeling it was on the corner of Luton and Albany roads. If you look at the pic of that corner which is now Barneys Bikes it is how I remember it. I think next to my Grandfather`s shop was, as a previous reply says, a shop dealing in radios and accumulators. The name of this business was, I think,  Dragons.

One of my cousins is going to send me a pic of the lorry you mention which I will put on here when I receive it. Before the lorry he had a horse called Punch of which I have a picture with me on his back.

I also have some pics that I think were taken in the yard next to the house.

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Re: Coal Merchant Luton Road Chatham 1942
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2014, 17:11:46 »
Hi Royston 2000
                         I lived and grew up in Pheasant Road through the 50's and 60's and have very clear memories of a Greengrocers and Coal Merchant belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Fisher. This shop was immediately next to Pheasant Road School on Luton Road and faced the bottom of Ambrose Hill.The coal yard was beside and to the rear of the shop.
Mrs Fisher ran the shop and Mr Fisher the coal round together with an assistant by the name of Stan Pollard. They ran a dark blue flat backed Bedford lorry which was a familiar sight in the side roads of Luton.
Mrs Fisher occasionally made her own butter and cooked beetroot to sell as well as having a good selection of long forgotten items of confectionery together with the normal seasonal fruit and vegetables.
The couple were both in the later years of their working lives and I believe retired towards the end of the 1960's.

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Re: Coal Merchant Luton Road Chatham 1942
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2014, 22:47:23 »
I was born on the Luton Road in the 1960s and I can remember a coal merchant on the Luton Road, a bit along from Hare Street which would be closer to the Henry Street area. I believing that the premises are now a hairdressers?

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Re: Coal Merchant Luton Road Chatham 1942
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2014, 21:35:39 »
Many thanks Numanfan for the pic. It is definitely the right building. I will look out the pic of my Grandad`s lorry and you can see if you agree with my thoughts.

In the meantime many thanks for your help and have a great Christmas.

Roy

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Re: Coal Merchant Luton Road Chatham 1942
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2014, 11:35:08 »
Here's a Google Streetview image of the shop, with workshop space at the rear.



I was looking at Henry Street for your Grandfathers yard, as that was the address for the only John Fisher in Chatham - I thought that the shop might have 'backed-on' to his house.

It would be interesting to see your photo of the side road to decide if it's outside the yard.
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Re: Coal Merchant Luton Road Chatham 1942
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2014, 21:26:51 »
Thank you very much for confirming my thoughts or memories. Unfortunately I now live near Lincoln so will have to have a trip to Chatham in the new year.

I was actually born in Chatham and lived at 71 Henry St. from when I was born in 1942 until 1952 so interested in any pics of the area before the properties were redeveloped. Number 71 was a couple of houses along from Hare St.

Getting back to my Grandfather`s coal business, he originally used a horse and cart before getting a lorry. I have a picture of it parked in a side road so your information again may be right.

 

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