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Where they did their shopping...

A look at Winton's shops in the first quarter of the last century. Some of the buildings have disappeared. All look different. But some of the names remain.

The classic corner shop.

Like thousands of others, this shop in Latimer Road was really a converted front room, but in its lamp-lit interior it was full of everything the housewife needed. You could get anything from bacon and soap to pegs and milk. There was even a selection of second hand clothes.

If Mrs Landcheet hasn't got it to hand, she'll rummage through piles of boxes and sacks to find it. And if you couldn't afford a newspaper you'd be bound to get the latest news - including the local stuff that was not fit to print!

Cole by name coal by nature

No central heating - everywhere was heated with coal or wood fires. The finest coal was "Best Derby Brights" and you could have Coles deliver it to your home from their depot on Peter's Hill.

Many houses had a coal cellar. If they didn't, they normally had a coal shed or bunker.

On yer bike

Bicycles bought a new mobility to Edwardian Britain. They were popular with both gentlemen and ladies.

Baileys set up shop in Alma Road before moving to Wimborne Road. You could buy a variety of models - some of them even had the latest Dunlop tyres.


It didn't come straight from the cow any more, but it was fresh and delivered to your door. Here's Mr Long with his cart.


Making a crust

Mr Sherry established his baker's shop in the 1890's The picture shows him heavily bearded and robed in long white overalls, standing outside the shop, which also sold groceries and served refreshments. They even have their own private lamp post.

Regulations were a bit looser then. The dog is probably allowed to wander around the shop.

Everything for the home

Nearly a century ago and Sturtons were already going strong with tasteful furnishings and quality decor.

The banner is a bit misleading. You hired the pram - not the baby.

Buried in the past

In 1892 Walter Smith, a wheelwright from Somerset, set up a coachbuilding business in Pine Road. He soon realised that he could supplement his coachbuilding work by providing a funeral service.

By 1896, the business had expanded sufficiently to warrant a move to larger premises in Wimborne Road where it remains to the present day.

Thw Winton Co-op

Pictured here on its opening day on 12 July 1912, the Co-Op store on the corner of Latimer and Wimborne Road provided groceries and provisions for many years. And there was the special bonus of a divi!


Car repairs and petrol

Need to buy a bicycle, top up your car with Shell petrol - or maybe have the magneto looked at?

Squibbs was the place at 647 Wimborne Road, right next to Smith's undertakers. The owner George Squibb is standing ready to help in this picture taken about 1929. In 2010 the house is still there.

Cinema historians will be interested to note that one of the boards in front of the window is for the original Westover Cinema and is advertising 20's film star Betty Balfour in "Little Devil May Care" which was made in 1927/28. The other sign (upside down) is for the Electric theatre and is advertising "Dawn" a 1928 film, starring Sybil Thorndike, about Edith Cavell the English nurse shot by the Germans as a spy.

You can read more about the cinemas here.