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Offline colin haggart

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Re: Twydall Shopping Centre
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2013, 14:02:15 »
Here is my photo that JohnWalker is referring to.


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Re: Twydall Shopping Centre
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2013, 19:00:31 »
There's another photo of one of the shops over on the 'Guess the Place' thread on this forum.  It was Skinners Electrical and Records and then a Blockbusters.  On Google it is shown as a Specialist Wool Shop.  No idea what it is now.  I believe it's number 61.

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Re: Twydall Shopping Centre
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2013, 18:29:17 »
Or did I just love going there because they gave me a rich tea biscuit every time?

In my day when both Twydall butchers had sawdust on the floor you got one of those four a'penny fruit salad chews. On the other side of the alley from Arnold's there was a wool/childrens' clothing shop. The child mannequins in the window used to give me the shivers. I feared they were one time naughty children. Some nice memories there Januarygirl, I'd forgotten the pleasure of modelling with balsa wood.

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« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2013, 16:11:01 »
I moved to Twydall in 1969 I think when I was 4 years old and have such fond memories. We lived at the bottom end of Goudhurst Road. I remember a lot of the shops on Twydall Green.

The Copper Kettle for nice cakes, International Stores for the main Saturday shop. I remember the butchers on the end of the row of shops on the Woolworths side (now and Indian restaurant) and had a secret crush for years on the young butcher who worked there with love and hate tattooed on his knuckles. Or did I just love going there because they gave me a rich tea biscuit every time? Woolworths was always such a delight to me. Stocked to the brim with stationary and records and books etc. Also remember the general hardware store next to what is now the Spar, where I used to buy bits of balsa wood to make puppets. And Frank who used to run the hairdressers - he was always so glamourous! Oh and Arnolds the toyshop. What an aladdins cave of toys of all sorts, stacked to the ceiling with dusty boxes of all shapes and size.That was the shop in which my brother tried to swap my baby sister for the cash register! Anyone remember the laundrette, next door but one to Arnolds? And the soapy warm smell when you walked passed it?

I had a paper round in 1979 and used to cover Goudhurst Road, Staplehurst Road, Leeds Square, Twydall Lane, Brenchley Road etc and seem to remember making a fortune from tips that I used to spend in the chippie next to or nearby the chemists. Oh and the library that I used to spent hours in on cold, wet Saturday afternoons. It used to have a tiny little square section for children's books.

Also, does anyone remember the council run playschemes on Beechings Way during school summer hols. What fun we used to have before running home to watch Hammy Hamster. And the travelling gospel tents that used to pitch up for a while. If you attended a service and sung really loud you would get a hole punched in your card and after so many holes, a free Mars Bar!!! It was full to the brim of kids trying to get their free Mars Bar.

My brother was also on the front page of the Evening Post one day for flying his remote control plane on Beechings Green. Some council official made him stop :-(

Would love to hear other memories of Twydall.

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Re: Twydall Shopping Centre
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2013, 10:55:45 »
can anyone remember when the green was dug up and replaced with car parking.

1973 or early 1974. The car park was new when I parked my first car there in the summer of 1974.

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Re: Twydall Shopping Centre
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2013, 10:01:38 »
I lived above International Stores from 1960-1970.  My Dad (William Sullens) managed International Stores from 1960 to around 1973 and I saw from a previous thread that someone worked there as a delivery boy, I may know the name if you want to post it.  I remember Mr Bullock used to do the delivery van for International Stores in the 60's. 


Hello Jill. I was that delivery boy. I was thirteen and it was my first job (1968-69). Six hours at two and six an hour earned me fifteen shillings a week. Your father was a smashing fella. I have fond memories of him and the good people I knew at International Stores.  Yes, I remember Fred Bullock -  and Mrs Stone who had the delivery van job before him. As for Twydall Green pictures, they're rare. The best of them are here on this thread.

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Re: Twydall Shopping Centre
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2013, 15:52:14 »
The old photos show that the area was once a green ("Twydall Green" - I think the road is still named that) but can anyone remember when the green was dug up and replaced with car parking.  I'm pretty sure it was already a car park by the mid 1970s when I first knew that area.  And should the name now be changed from Twydall Green to Twydall Tarmac? :)
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Re: Twydall Shopping Centre
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2013, 15:09:53 »
I read this thread with great interest. 

I lived above International Stores from 1960-1970.  My Dad (William Sullens) managed International Stores from 1960 to around 1973 and I saw from a previous thread that someone worked there as a delivery boy, I may know the name if you want to post it.  I remember Mr Bullock used to do the delivery van for International Stores in the 60's. 

My Dad has since passed and I'm trying to source any pictures from Twydall Green around the 60's-70's if anyone can help.

It's a shame that the green was made into a car park, I remember many a sunny day being spent on there with my grandmother and sister.

I have such good childhood memories of Twydall at that time

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Re: Twydall Shopping Centre
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2012, 23:29:57 »
I used to live in the flat above Pearks with my family for about a year. I have a memory of staring through the railings of the balcony when I was around 4 years old. I moved to Lynsted Road at around the time I started infant school. My parents never told me I was moving...I only found out when they picked me up from school one day, and took me to the new house. Reading this thread has triggered memories I had forgotten about. Riding my three wheeler bike round the shops with my fox terrier Scamp in toe. I had better stop rambling now.

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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2012, 10:08:56 »
It's lovely to see these old pictures of Twydall Green (even on a Liptons/Rainham thread?) Thanks prefabkid. I remember those shops well. I worked as a delivery boy for International Stores and rode a big iron bike all over Twydall, delivering boxes of groceries.

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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2010, 00:54:31 »
Does anyone know the name, or better still have a photo, of the toy/model shop on the opposite side of the Green?. Filled to the rafters with Airfix kits it was. Across from the chemist, in the corner(ish) i think. Though, frankly, after so many years it could have been half way up the parade on that side.

I do remember there was a tallish slim woman; Pat, who worked in the Chemist for many years in the '70s. She was not a Pharmacist, shop manager?.

I also remember, in 1987, going to a party in a flat on the opposite side from Woolworths. About midnight we were swamped with guys from the pub and someone, feeling things were turning nasty (the clue may have been their urinating on one of our guests!), called the police. They turned up, got rough with the intruders, and broke our record player!.

Frankly, there would of been less trouble if we'd asked them to leave,.

Next morning, Radio Kent were reporting the police had "raided" a party in a flat in Twydall Green. A slight exaggeration, granted it was the height of acid house but c'mon we were just a bunch of pasty effeminate Goths wearing too much make up.

Thanks fellas, we invited you, and you scratched my Sisters of Mercy record. A mint condition is worth 120 and lord knows I wouldn't listen to that c**p now!.

The friend dried out by the way. :)

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Re: Twydall Shopping Centre
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2010, 09:11:46 »
I still call Hempstead Valley the Savacentre.

Absolutely!

Seeing these pictures is amazing. My gran was one of the first tenants in Pluckley Close in Twydall. Seeing and talking about Twydall shops (a place where I did much of my growing up) is great.

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Re: Twydall Shopping Centre
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2010, 20:28:40 »
Excellent photos - if you look closely..it looks like Spencley the Chemist is stood in his doorway!

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Re: Twydall Shopping Centre
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2010, 12:35:29 »


All 3 from my own collection.

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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2010, 12:33:42 »

 

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