On 9 Jun 2015 at 8:41pm Blastfromthepast wrote:
Who remembers Laceys ?
On 9 Jun 2015 at 8:56pm Horseman7 wrote:
Yes. And Victor's Values?
On 9 Jun 2015 at 10:44pm uckfield baza wrote:
I liked the red ones da
On 10 Jun 2015 at 6:54am Blastfromthepast wrote:
Then you probably remember the International Stores, the Odeon Cinema and its Saturday morning kids film shows, and Gamleys toy shop, 2 floors of wide eyed delight when I was a boy.
On 10 Jun 2015 at 10:37am Oldbutintouch wrote:
Lacey's was years ahead of its time - a "lifestyle" department store, which would do well today, but too adventurous for the 1970's. Top quality stock ( no tat) and a coffee shop. It was killed off by the bank, rather than lack of customers - in many ways it was a 1970's Wickle.
On 10 Jun 2015 at 10:54am Horseman7 wrote:
But what I still miss is the Polar Bear.
On 10 Jun 2015 at 11:53am Rosiecheeks wrote:
And the little coal shop under the bridge and the record bar, and The Den.!!!
On 10 Jun 2015 at 6:15pm Blastfromthepast wrote:
I used to love the Polar Bear as a kid back in the sixties. It felt so American to me, a coffee bar/milk-shake bar, just like I would see in the films back then.
On 10 Jun 2015 at 6:39pm Class of 61 wrote:
I worked in Lipton's on the butcher counter at weekends as a 13 year old. Lovely little supermarket.
On 10 Jun 2015 at 6:48pm supporter wrote:
As A St John cadet I used to watch films in the odeon on Saturdays for free.
Then when older worked in Victor values on Saturdays, those were the days.
On 10 Jun 2015 at 6:59pm Charlie Cooke wrote:
The memories keep coming back, I used to listen to record albums in the listening booths at Tansley & Cooke up the High Street.
On 10 Jun 2015 at 7:06pm Joe 90 wrote:
Tansley & Cooke, it used to be opposite the Post Office if I remember correctly. They used to sell 45's at half price or less when they had dropped out the charts and still unsold. I used to spend a lot of my paper-round money in that shop.
On 10 Jun 2015 at 11:02pm Rosiecheeks wrote:
Russell & Bromley op ASK,and where ASK is now there used to be a store that sold everything on 2 floors, can't remember the name, and Boots was opposite. Then there was Porky Priors next to Barratts. How has it changed with all the crazy little shops.
On 10 Jun 2015 at 11:06pm dizzydi wrote:
Had my first new bike from there. David Fuller then went on to open the Barbican Restaurant, opposite Castle Gate. Got my first job there washing up!
On 10 Jun 2015 at 11:30pm Horseman7 wrote:
It was Ransoms. And you could get a nice cup of tea in there.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 12:26am Decent Citizen wrote:
Before Ransome's,was a beautiful department store,McCartney Stewart's I believe it was called.Polished staircase etc.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 12:31am Decent Citizen wrote:
We had an Acres the bakers.A Clarke's bakery.A Macfishery.Greengrocers,International Stores, Marsh the butchers.All in the High street.I could go on but!
On 11 Jun 2015 at 12:59am Usethemorlosethem wrote:
And all these shops closed for what reason ?
On 11 Jun 2015 at 9:45am I don't live in lewes... wrote:
Yay! to the Polar Bear and the cafe above the bus station was good when the grease become temporarily overwhelming and you needed a healthier option.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 10:54am Greaser wrote:
You're talking of the days when sweet shops used to have sweets in jars lined up on shelves behind the counter, as kids we used to salivate while trying to decide if it was going to be pear drops, sherbet lemons, or aniseed twist that day. And the counter used to have glass topped display cases with delights on show, liquorice strands, wrapped around a Pontefract cake covered in hundreds & thousands, pirates tobacco, chewy sweet sugary strands that looked like your granddads pipe, tobacco, sherbet lemon tubes, jamboree bags, gob-stoppers, and those awful tasting parma violets. God only knows why we kept giving those things second chances.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 2:58pm bastian wrote:
Ransoms used to do a brilliant breakfast, you could buy anything in there.
Florneces sweet shop, I used to garden the little yard for Gena Smith years ago when I was younger, out the back in the cement were her and her husbands initials and their hand prints.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 4:02pm Bomber wrote:
The old bakery in White Hill, at the top of the steps by the tunnel, best eccles cake in Lewes in the 60's. Long gone. Bob's shop along Talbot Terrace, the door opened in to a tiny little area in front of the glass display counter. If someone else came in it was a right squeeze. Long gone. Collins newsagent opposite the Elephant & Castle. What an eyesore now, rotting away.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 4:11pm Telegram Sam wrote:
I used to deliver newspapers from the little shop in Station Street, ran by a Mr Stock if I remember correctly. When it got busy as I was waiting for the papers to be made up, I used to serve cigarettes to commuters rushing for the train station early in the mornings. I wouldn't be allowed to do that these days. I don't get to visit Lewes much these days, is the shop still there ?
On 11 Jun 2015 at 4:53pm Decent Citizen wrote:
How odd that someone would thumb down a statement of fact re shops in High Street! Strange,very strange.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 4:58pm Decent Citizen wrote:
TelegrÓm Sam. The shop you speak of is now a snack bar,takeaway.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 5:13pm Joe 90 wrote:
What was the shop on the corner of Watergate Lane, way before it became Rowland Gorringe. Dead opposite what used to be the old Evening Argus office. All I can picture is an orange sign or lettering.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 5:19pm Noddy wrote:
What was the men's oufitters shop called in Friars Walk. I bought a bootiful Crombie coat, a green checked Ben Sherman, some bright red braces for my bottle green Sta-Prest trousers from there back in 1969 when I was a skinhead. 'av some of that, I'll take the lotta ya on, bosh.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 5:35pm Ron wrote:
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On 11 Jun 2015 at 7:24pm bastian wrote:
Noddy, was that daltons, the one with the stuffed horse in the window?
On 11 Jun 2015 at 7:50pm Noddy wrote:
Bastian, you is bang on the money, Daltons. Thanks.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 8:54pm Decent Citizen wrote:
Joe 90 was WH Smith.Up three or four wide concrete steps?
On 11 Jun 2015 at 9:35pm Joe 90 wrote:
Yes, W H Smith, I think you may be right DC.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 11:46pm dizzydi wrote:
School uniform at Daltons, Pencil case and ruler from WhSmith, shoes from Millwards and later from Freeman Hardy and Willis (persuaded mum for higher heel), Record bar for latest No 1, Rice brothers for hobbies, Woolies for xmas presents, Tweezers for ear piercing, Maynards for sweets. Boutique next to Dewhurst butchers and Mears green grocers, Curtis and Lloyd sports in Station Street, Wyndhams shoes at bottleneck, Full of Beans, Richards hair salon, Seasons restaurant. Gourmet where Pizza Express is, EMBS where Flint is, Carpet shop and Next where Boots and Costa are. There was a shop down Station Street that sold clothes. I bought Shetland jumpers and T shirts with band logos - really cheap!
On 12 Jun 2015 at 9:17am Shakin' Stevens wrote:
And don't forget the condoms from the old barber at the bottom of Station Street.
On 12 Jun 2015 at 10:15am Goujeers wrote:
The smaller food shops closed because of Safeways (where Waitrose now is). There were half a dozen small supermarkets - Liptons, International, Coop (where the miltary auctioneers in now), a small Tesco, and a couple of others I canot rememeber. These were spread along the High St, Cliffe High St and West St. The Tescos closed as soon as Safeways opened, the others at about one every 6 months thereafter. The independent butchers,fishmongers and greengrocers also suffered in the same way.
The smaller hardware stores didn't survive Texas Homecare. Harper & Eede and Chandlers (retail) left Cliffe High St, ditto one (McCartney & Stewart?) at the top of School Hill and one in the bottleneck also went.
The planning policy to create the town square and concentrate shopping at the lower end of the town was effectively a policy to kill off the upper High St and to make day to day shopping very awkward for those unable or unwilling to drive to the shops.
On 12 Jun 2015 at 12:51pm Dopey wrote:
Was there once a Co-op stores in West St ? Where Wallis Auction Galleries are ?
On 12 Jun 2015 at 3:29pm trooper wrote:
@ DOPEY.Yes there was, I used to live on School Hill and used the co op regularly.