The ‘Burbs

More from Essex. My sisyphean quest to hold a driving licence often finds me out in Woodford. There’s something a bit Betjeman about the place, with its Tudorbethan semis, pipe-smoking tramp, Hornby trainset Tube station and neat parade of shops. Along with pubs, Chemists are often great survivors and there’s a nice old one here.

On my last visit, the hardware shop opposite had vanished (moved, rather than closed) and building works had revealed this old sign, which looks as fresh as the day it was hand painted, and soon to be recovered by the 21st century plastic of a Sainsbury’s Local. There are still surprises in the suburbs.

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5 Responses to The ‘Burbs

  1. davyh says:

    Loveliness itself.

  2. I hope it doesn’t end up in a skip, Davy.

  3. davyh says:

    Was it The Four Vintners, the old tobacconists on Fleet St opposite the Law Courts? I used to love peering in there. Then one day I walked by and they were ripping out all the old wooden shop fittings, chucking them in a great pile on the pavement. : (

  4. Ah yes, I used to covet their Romeo Y Julieta tin sign.

    Remember Inderwicks Tobacconist on Carnaby Street? There since the 1700s and now a memory. The only shop on that street with any character.

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