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Re: Newman's Grocers & Sweetshop/Alton Bookshop Brompton
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2010, 11:39:26 »
Thanks numanfan, that's really helpful to me.  I can add those addresses into my Brompton database :)
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Re: Newman's Grocers & Sweetshop/Alton Bookshop Brompton
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2010, 08:15:31 »
Brompton 1955
        
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Re: Newman's Grocers & Sweetshop/Alton Bookshop Brompton
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2010, 17:31:21 »
Somehow the same shot today seems a lot less picturesque....

The three buildings in the older picture would be somewhere in this stretch of the High Street
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Re: Newman's Grocers & Sweetshop/Alton Bookshop Brompton
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2010, 13:40:56 »
Thanks for the replies guys!  The latest Kellys I had been able to find was much earlier than that (about 1913 I think).  That image is really good for me too, because it locates other places in the High Street and brings back memories I'd forgotten about from when I first came to Brompton - Jennings Grocers, the Sunlight Laundry, the old Pipe Shop, etc!  (Meaning those premises must have survived into the early 70s!)

I'm going to be really cheeky now, do you happen to have images of the directory for Wood St, Middle St, Westcourt St, Manor St and River St?  The 1955 must have been pretty much the last directory before most of old Old Brompton was demolished and replaced with council housing...

I can't take credit for the picture myself, I found it on flickr and contacted the owner about using it on my "Brompton Then & Now" site - he was happy to let me use it for that (and other non profit uses) as long as I relay info back to him!  :)  The chap in the photo is his father who is descended from Brompton Newmans so he took the picture when visiting on 3 August 1958 (not often you can get such a tight date on a photo!).  He'll be very glad to get the info about where it is to go with some of the other info I've already been able to pass on to him. :)
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Re: Newman's Grocers & Sweetshop/Alton Bookshop Brompton
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2010, 07:58:22 »
Reference my previous post:

Just noticed that number 53 High Street isn't listed, Kelly's must just 'jump' over empty shops :)

Therefore the Styles & Winch off-licence is not shown on the photo.
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Re: Newman's Grocers & Sweetshop/Alton Bookshop Brompton
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2010, 07:49:22 »
Here's the 1955 Kelly's of Brompton High Street



It doesn't help with the Alton House pub, but it does show that the building on the left of the grocers is owned by Style & Winch & is being operated as an off-licence (although it looks empty in the photo?) Good chance this was originally a pub.

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Re: Newman's Grocers & Sweetshop/Alton Bookshop Brompton
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2010, 06:24:01 »
1961 Kelly's Directory

High Street Brompton.
49,Walter R Powell, bookseller
51,Sidney J Newman, grocer
53,Mrs S E Newman, cafe

Fantastic picture by the way!


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Newman's Grocers & Sweetshop/Alton Bookshop Brompton
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2010, 01:21:59 »
Here's a query for all you Medway types with longer memories than me! (Do you remember this far back bromptonboy?)  I have an old picture taken in Brompton in 1958 (I assume it is in the High Street) showing Newman's Grocer's & Confectioners and tha Alton Book Store.  I'm trying to work out exactly where in Brompton they were.  I know there was a pub in Brompton High Street called the Alton House which disappeared sometime after 1881, so I wondered if the bookshop might have replaced the pub, in which case this photo would show (from L to R) 43, 41 and 39 the High Street (opposite the top of Middle Street by my estimate).  If my theory about the pub is right it also locates another pub for the disappearing pubs thread!

I'm also quite intrigued by the ornate looking building reflected in the window of the left hand building.


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