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Banstead Village

Banstead High Street in the 1950s (Part One)
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Banstead High Street in the 1950s (Part One)

This is Part One of a postcard which shows Banstead High Street in the 1950s. ( See picture #369 for the right half of this postcard).
The shop names are:
Confectioner VALDOR Tobacconist
William Mitchell
Raylec (See also picture #131) 43 High Street Banstead - the site currently occupied by Collingwood Sound & Vision [May 2014]
Picture added on 01 May 2014 at 14:05
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Mitchell's was newsagent and, most importantly to young schoolboys, a seller of Dinky Toys, which I don't think Dunmore's sold! Next door to Valdor, the shop with the blind, was Cullen"s the grocers. Cullen's was the last/first shop of this parade. Next to that was semi open ground.
Added by Michael Funnell on 01 May 2014
There was a cycle shop, called The Waterloo Cycle Works about two doors along from the Wilmot Cafe. It was what I would call a half-shop as there were angled entrances for each of two establishments – I can't remember the other one. The chap who ran it was a great character – his catch phrase – 'I'll stick it up on the 'ooks' (they hung from the ceiling, and would gladden the heart of any present-day Health & Safety Officer.
Added by Mike Shakel on 02 May 2014
Thank you LNW! This has really made the grey stir.
Pic 368-
Valdor, confectionary & tobacconist. One of the proprietors reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock!
William Mitchell, books & art materials.
Raylec, TV & radio.
Ladies hairdresser, name escapes me?

Pic 369-
Eastmans, dry-cleaners.
Next two shops are a mystery.
Walkers, green grocer.
Wilmot Bakery.

Pic 371 From the Esso sign-
Lancefields, florist.
Co-Op butchers.
Co-Op grocery store.
Finlay, tobacconist & café.
Gerrards green grocer.
Hearns the butcher.
W.H.Smith, stationer & news agent.
Next shop ???.
Entrance to flats above shops.
Next shop ???
Hawkins, school uniform supplies & gents outfitter.
Entrance to flats above shops.
Madge, ladies hair dresser, with gents at rear.
Banstead Corn Stores, garden & pet supplies.

Not too bad I hope? Keep delving.
Added by Clive Bloxham on 02 May 2014
Valdor is listed in Phone directories 1950's to 1970's as C.Valdor Confectioners 39 High Street Bastead Tel Burgh Heath 1293.
Added by David Hopkins on 02 May 2014
Pic 368. I vaguely remember my parents, or maybe grandparents, referring to the man at Valdor's as Mr Teasy Weasy. Apparently he had been a hairdresser somewhere posh in London. I always thought he was very nice, and he was always very smartly dressed! Also, wasn't the grocers originally Kingham's before it was Cullen's?
Added by Jane Trewhella on 06 July 2016
Picture 368 - Ladies Hairdresser on the corner of Wilmot Way was owned by Mrs. Meadows - Her son went to Sutton Grammar School.
Valdor's Confectioners was kept by Mr. Tommy Tew and Mrs. Tew.
Mitchell's was a Newsagent and Stationers. The son was John Mitchell who played cricket for Burgh Heath CC on Tattenham Way Rec.
Added by Tony F. Collinson, OBE on 21 February 2017
In those days "Sutton Grammar School" was actually Sutton County School although it was a grammar school. The nearest schools for boys in Banstead schools who passed the 11+ exam were Sutton County, Glyn at Epsom, or Reigate Grammar. Girls could attend Sutton High or Reigate County. I don't recall others, but surely there must have been one.

Added by Michael Funnell on 25 February 2017
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