Bradford’s Shops in the 1950s


From Ernie Sadd to Madame Soul, Bradford on Avon’s Shops in 1952

Memories of the 1950s should come flooding back in June this year with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – if you were around at that time. But how many people still remember the shops that served the town back in 1952? If you do, or you know someone who might, I would like to hear from you. Photos and memories are being gathered together for an exhibition to be held in the town at the beginning of June and anything you have, however wobbly the focus, would be welcomed.

Photographs from the Bradford on Avon Museum’s collection and the Wiltshire History Centre archives will be displayed in individual shop windows, showing the various trades in business in 1952 in each shop. Many people remember Goodall’s and even Christopher’s before their doors were permanently closed, but fewer will be able to recall Maison Beryl upstairs in the Town Hall or Stan Green’s Cycle Shop, where Carter and Harding is now in Market Street.

If you remember going down to the shop with your sweet coupons (sweet rationing didn’t end until 1953) or have any other memories or photos showing our shops or streets, Stephanie Laslett of 24 Market Street, BOA would love to hear from you. Telephone 866166 or email moc.l1590202377iamg@1590202377ttels1590202377al.ei1590202377nahpe1590202377ts1590202377
(Contributed by: Stephanie Laslett)

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