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Offline Maid of Kent

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Re: Leonards of Rochester
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2013, 21:03:05 »
Another childhood memory visiting Leonards during the war years, I think the floor levals went 'every which way'. I think we went there for some 'Liberty Bodices' for me.

Actually my father had puchased two overcoats from there at the beginning of the war, possibly about the time of rationing starting. One was a heavy, thick Harris Tweed which he wore every winter for years and years - It was still around in the early 80s!! He certainly had value for money with that!

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« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2011, 20:38:26 »
The gentleman in the picture regarding Leonards sale, is John Leonard the then owner.

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« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2011, 11:03:20 »
Here are a couple of postcards from my collection showing Leonards. The oldest one is postmarked 1915 when it was clearly just a small shop. The newer one was actually issued by Leonards themselves to advertise their sale starting on Thursday 10th July 1958.






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« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2011, 18:22:34 »
If you got to Medway archives in Strro, they have a hugh selection of picutres, plans, letters, loads of stuff to do with Leonards. Its a great collection, very intresting!

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« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2010, 15:09:00 »
Thanks to Clankypup for the latest pictures of Leonards. I can positively identify one person in the workshop picture, and possibly a second one. If anyone else has any pictures, I would be pleased to see them.

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Re: Leonards of Rochester
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2010, 18:42:12 »
Two earlier external pics, and an internal pic:

http://www.medway.gov.uk/apps/medwayimages/results.asp  Search term = Leonard


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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2010, 20:00:42 »
Quote from the book 'Images of England, Medway Town's' by Alun Pedlar.

"A despatch department would deliver within 15 miles and the order department addressed, in the words of a 1930's brochure, 'Officers and womenfolk who travel on the Empire's business to far flung colonies and obscure corners of the Earth'."

Offline afsrochester

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Re: Leonards of Rochester
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2010, 19:24:43 »
Leonards were the school uniform outfitters for St Andrew's, Watts Avenue, in the 1960's.

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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2010, 12:27:58 »
I remember shopping at Leonards when I was little - that'll be the 60s. It (seemed to me at the time!) a huge shop and went on and on forever. My family were very fond of Leonards. After Leonards went they just had Harwoods in Strood and after that went it was pretty much the end of the world as far as my grandmother was concerned.

Carole

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« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2010, 00:22:15 »
Thanks everyone for the great pictures.The Leonards van in the picture is a Bradford of circa 1953 . This was the Soft Furnishing Dept's workshop van and is parked at the bottom of the alleyway which was the workshop access between No's 104 and 106 High Street. Can clearly remember travelling in this vehicle on quite a few occassions.

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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2010, 20:36:41 »
Leonards were at 104 - 122, and 144 High Street. !44 High Street was opposite the Eastgate House Museum, and is still standing, and  no's 104 - 122 were on the stretch starting 100 yds after Crow Lane going towards the Cathedral. No's 104 & 106 are now occupied by Iles and an Indian restaurant, and the remainder was demolished and is now occupied by modern retail outlats.I lived over the top of no 106 between 1956 and 1961.

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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2010, 20:15:12 »
Where was Leonard's department store? What is there now?

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Re: Leonards of Rochester
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2010, 19:33:06 »
Hi Mike S, this is from "Images of England, Medway Towns" by Alun Pedler.

Early 50's

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Leonards of Rochester
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2010, 17:34:42 »
Has anyone any pictures of Leonards Departmental store in Rochester High Street. My father worked there 1954 - 1966.

 

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