In the early twentieth century this was a Confectionary run by a Mrs Ada Lea and subsequently by H. Savage. After the war it was a general corner grocery store in the hands of V. Wheeler. I think his name was Vic Wheeler. His daughter Vicky was about my age I think. I don’t recall ever going into this shop or having any reason to do so. It does not appear to have strayed too far from its original purpose after a century.
A week or so ago I wrote about small dairies in Wolverton operating before WWII. This house/shop on the corner of Church Street and Windsor Street was one of them. The proprietor then was G. Young. After the war it became a general grocery shop operated by G. Whalley. It was not in my recollection ever a busy shop. I think the steps were a barrier of sorts and there was direct competition with Tarrys across the road at 136 Church Street and Wheeler’s on the corner of Cambridge Street.
Finally! After endless editing and corrections the manuscript went off to the printers today. It’s a 162 page paperback – 23 x 15cm or 8×6 inches. Colour cover and b&w illustrations inside. I decided in the end that full cover was too much of a luxury and too much of an expense.
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Time to open a bottle of red wine!
There were several small dairies in Wolverton before WWII, but I think that legislation which required that all milk be either pasteurized or tuberculin tested finished off small dairies. The ones that were operating in Wolverton pre-1939 were Reuben Bremeyer (mentioned in the previous post), G Young at 133, Church Street, Maypole Dairy at 18 Stratford Road, and the Co-op Dairy at the back of the West End Grocery on Church Street. At the time I was a boy only the Co-op supplied milk which was delivered each morning on a horse-drawn dray. The delivery was effected by a Mr and Mrs Odell, each dressed in a brown smock, who would place the bottles on the doorstep. The system was that you bought milk tokens from the Co-op and placed them on the doorstep overnight depending on what you wanted that day.
Raw Milk Vs. Pasteurized Milk
I’m going to take a tour around some corner shops that were pretty fundamental to Wolverton’s food economy before the coming of the supermarket.
Some time back I wrote about the first Post Office on Bury Street, operated by the butcher, George Gilling. When those buildings were torn down in the 1850s, the enterprising Charles Aveline put up this first privately built house on the Stratford Road. I believe that the Post Office stayed here until the new General Post Office was opened on Church Street in the 1930s.
This is probably not the best photo to show this, but the first two-story house, Number 6 was the Post Office. It looks as if Aveline built this and what is now 7 and 8 together. In 1861 he was the only resident. The building next, with the slightly different roofline, now 9a and b, was an early grocery store, operated by Abraham Culverhouse.