Trading at 82 Gloucester Road

Photo:82 Gloucester Road

82 Gloucester Road

Photo by Maureen Brand

Photo:Luckpenny Antiques window 1999

Luckpenny Antiques window 1999

Photo by Maureen Brand

Photo:Luckpenny Antiques 1999

Luckpenny Antiques 1999

Photo by Maureen Brand

Photo:82 Gloucester Road old wall sign

82 Gloucester Road old wall sign

Photo by Maureen Brand

Photo:82 Gloucester Road, Funky 2001

82 Gloucester Road, Funky 2001

Photo by Maureen Brand

Photo:82 Gloucester Road, Fabulous 2002

82 Gloucester Road, Fabulous 2002

Photo by Maureen Brand

Photo:82 Gloucester Road, Urban Mobility 2003

82 Gloucester Road, Urban Mobility 2003

Photo by Maureen Brand

Photo:82 Gloucester Road, clothing, 2005

82 Gloucester Road, clothing, 2005

Photo by Maureen Brand

Photo:82 Gloucester Road advert, to let 2005

82 Gloucester Road advert, to let 2005

Photo by Maureen Brand

Photo:82 Gloucester Road, closed, June 2008

82 Gloucester Road, closed, June 2008

Photo by Maureen Brand

Grocery to bicycles

By Maureen Brand, North Laine resident

82 Gloucester Road, on the south western corner of Over Street has seen a variety of uses. There is early mention in 1854 that this address (then Gloucester Lane) was occupied by a grocer and tea dealer. That trade continued until 1877 when it became a greengrocers.

Bellhanger and general stores

Mr F Boxell, a gas fitter and bell hanger, appears at No 82 from 1885 until 1900 when he adds 'Sanitation Engineer' to his title and in 1902 he rounds it up as 'Ironmonger'. In 1914 D Caffano opened dining rooms until 1918 when Mr D'Arcy opened general stores.

Chemist - herbalist - drug stores

In 1919-20 trade directories show that Mr Hancock was there as a chemist, Mr Jackson a herbalist in 1921 and Mr Baynard similarly 1923-24. Mr Dyson and son took over as herbal drug stores 1929-31. Thenceforward until 1954 Mr Baynard operated first as a chemist and later as an optician. A wall advertisement on burns and scalds, briefly uncovered in later years, may date from this time.

Shopkeeper - and then?

From 1958-72 antiques were sold. Mr Stenton, 1973-74, could summon up only the description 'shopkeeper'. After that, trade directories ceased publication and here it would be helpful to have your memories to fill in the gap. In the late 1990s we remember Luckpenny Antiques, in 2001 Funky clothing, 2002 Fabulous clothing, and 2003 Urban Mobility scooters and bikes. A clothing shop then opened briefly and today No 82 is closed and under renovation.

Can you fill in the gaps 1974 to 2000?

Illustrations show more recent uses for 82 Gloucester Road.

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