We had two businesses in North Laine

Photo:No 7 Trafalgar Street was run as a newsagents by the Gillham family

No 7 Trafalgar Street was run as a newsagents by the Gillham family

Photo from Philippa Neale's collection

Photo:My great grandfather George Gillham with the family van

My great grandfather George Gillham with the family van

Photo from Philippa Neale's collection

Photo:Nos 122-3 Gloucester Road, once a garage run by the Gillham family

Nos 122-3 Gloucester Road, once a garage run by the Gillham family

Photo from Philippa Neale's collection

Photo:Another family garage in George Street (not in North Laine)

Another family garage in George Street (not in North Laine)

Photo from Philippa Neale's collection

In Trafalgar Street and Gloucester Road

By Philippa Neale

My name is Philippa Neale (née Gillham) and I recently came on a nostalgic visit to North Laine where my family used to have a newsagents shop at No 7 Trafalgar Street.

My family also ran a garage at Nos 122-123 Gloucester Road and my mum lived above.

Here are some photos from that time.

We also had a garage in George Street [not in North Laine] where again the family lived above, the flat having been designed by my uncle.

My nan, who worked in the paper shop, passed away a couple of years ago and lived to the ripe old age of 101. She was a character right to the end. Perhaps her great secret was lugging all those heavy newspapers around!


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 224, September/October 2013]

 

 

 

 

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