Shopping 1950s Style

By John Veasey

I was watching a TV Programme a while ago about the Coronation in 1953 and everyday life during that period and one interviewee commented on the fact that, because very few families had refrigerators at that time, housewives had to go shopping every day.
This set me thinking that I never remember my mother going shopping every day and thought “Why”. It then dawned on me that one of the reasons was because most perishable items were delivered to your door daily.
For example I remember Alf Whitehall calling each day to my home with his pony and trap in which he carried a large churn of fresh milk from which he dispensed your daily requirement into your own jug, this was eventually superseded by the CO-OP milkman with his cardboard topped returnable bottles.

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Then there was the baker with his horse and bread van who delivered fresh bread and cakes to your door. Bread was rationed up until 1950 and there was a system which involved the allocation of what were known as BU’s (bread Units) and the baker’s van man would exchange these for your family’s daily bread ration.
As for meat my mum, would take our ration books to our butcher,( Albert Lester in Queens Rd, who happened to be her step brother) she would give him her order for the week and tell him when to deliver it and it would then be delivered. by his delivery boy on his basket fronted bike. At that time the meat ration was so small that it didn’t last long so keeping it was not a problem.
We also had a greengrocer, Tom Warmington who delivered at regular intervals such things as potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower carrots etc and such fruit as was available at the time.

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For other groceries such as sugar, tea, bacon, flour etc mum would complete her weekly grocery book order and give it to dad to hand in at the Central CO-OP when he went to load his bread van at the bakery and it would then be delivered next day. There was also a fish monger who delivered at regular intervals
This was all of course long before the days of the internet, when line shopping meant going to the Ironmongers to buy a clothes line, but my mum still didn’t need to go shopping every day as the interviewee suggested, she was too busy doing her housework anyway.
This all leads me to think about all the other deliveries and services which used to be brought to our door and which no longer exist for example :-
The Insurance man who would call for your “Tuppence per Person per Week” for your Life Insurance or your Endowment policy which you would take out to mature at a time when you expected a costly event such as your child’s twenty first birthday or your daughter’s wedding.

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There was also the CO-OP Laundry man who would call to see if you had any special dirty linen or collars every week and return it, clean starched and ironed, next week
Then there was the CO-OP mutuality man (Mr Jephcote in our case) to whom you would pay a fixed amount every week and then request payback when your children needed new clothes to go back to school after the summer holidays or a special dress for the Sermons.
Our coalman, Mr Bevan from John St, who would call weekly, wearing his back to front cap and a sleeveless leather jacket, carrying on his back our delivery of hundredweight sacks of coal which he would tip into your coal house and return his sack to his lorry,
The Pop or beer man who would ‘Clink,Clink up the entry carrying his delivery of full bottles and then ‘Clink, Clink’ back again carrying the empties. The better off people of course bought theirs by the crate which didn’t ‘Clink’
With so many regular callers my mum was never short of someone with whom to share a cup of tea and a chat and over the years she built up quite a group of loyal and trusted friends

Nuneaton Co-Op store in Queens Road

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Nuneaton Air Raid Victims

77 years ago May 17th 1941, Nuneatonians awoke to find their beloved town had been ravaged by enemy bombing raid over the town.

 

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Let us remember them.

Alexander, Norman Leslie. 17th May 1941,70 Tomkinson Road,
Aspley, Clara Jane 17th May 1941, 2 Granby Road, Nuneaton
Bacon, Florence Gertrude 17th May 1941,92 Central Avenue, Nuneaton
Bacon, Mary Elisabeth 17th May 1941.92 Central Avenue, Nuneaton
Bakewell, Marlene 17th May 1941.30 Frank Street, Nuneaton
Ball, Mary Millington 17th May 1941. 236 Heath End Road,
Bannister, George 17th May 1941. 267 Edward Street, Nuneaton
Bartley, Dorothy Mary 17th May 1941. 30 Alexandra Street,
Bartley, James Derek 17th May 1941.30 Alexandra Street,
Beckett, John Victor 17th May 1941. 64 Tomkinson Road,
Beckett, Edna Margaret 17th May 1941. 64 Tomkinson Road,
Bennett, Rose 17th May 1941. 147 Queens Road, Nuneaton
Bennett, Wilfred James 17th May 1941. 147 Queens Road,
Beynon, Lillian May 17th May 1941. 17 Glebe Road, Nuneaton.
Bunn, Eileen 17th May 1941. 151 Queens Road, Nuneaton
Carr, Doreen R 17th May 1941. 171 Heath End Road,
Chandler, Joseph Henry 17th May 1941. 95 Coton Road, Nuneaton
Clarke, Sidney 17th May 1941. 64 Queens Road, Nuneaton.
Deeming, Eli 17th May 1941 64 Tomkinson Road, Nuneaton
Ebery, Ernest Joseph 17th May 1941 Nuneaton (Fireman)
Fellows, Elsie 17th May 1941 3 Clifton Road, Nuneaton
Fellows, Jack 17th May 1941 3 Clifton Road, Nuneaton
Fellows, Patricia 17th May 1941 3 Clifton Road, Nuneaton
Foden, William 17th May 1941 25 Manor Court Road,
Foden, Mrs 17th May 1941 25 Manor Court Road,
Foster, Catherine May 17th May 1941 Attleborough Road, Nuneaton
Gibson, Betty 17th May 1941 Back of 74 Queens Road,
Glover, Emily Maud 17th May 1941 74 Tomkinson Road,
Grimshaw, Jack 17th May 1941 96 Central Avenue, Nuneaton
Harris, Gladys 17th May 1941 236 Heath End Road,
Harris, Ronald Frederick 17th May 1941 236 Heath End Road,
Harrison, John 17th May 1941 68 Tomkinson Road,
Harrison, William 17th May 1941 68 Tomkinson Road,
Harrison, Lizzie 17th May 1941 68 Tomkinson Road,
Harrison, Bernard Bramwell 17th May 1941 68 Tomkinson Road,
Harrison, Doreen Ada 17th May 1941 68 Tomkinson Road,
Harrison, Evelyn Rosa 17th May 1941 68 Tomkinson Road,
Harrison, Florence Marion 17th May 1941 68 Tomkinson Road,
Harrison, John Robert 17th May 1941 68 Tomkinson Road,
Harrison, Lizzie 17th May 1941 68 Tomkinson Road,
Harrison, Mary 17th May 1941 68 Tomkinson Road,
Harrison, Phyllis May 17th May 1941 68 Tomkinson Road,
Harrison, Susie 17th May 1941 68 Tomkinson Road,
Harrison, William Rueben 17th May 1941 68 Tomkinson Road,
Heath, Elisabeth 17th May 1941 20 Glebe Road, Nuneaton
James, Percy 17th May 1941 Queens Road, Nuneaton
Jauncey, Annie 17th May 1941 151 Queens Road, Nuneaton
Jauncey, Emily 17th May 1941 151 Queens Road, Nuneaton
Jones, Mrs 17th May 1941 14 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton
Jones, Bobby 17th May 1941 14 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton
Jones, Dennis 17th May 1941 14 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton
Jones, Gerald 17th May 1941 14 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton
Labram, Eliza Jane 17th May 1941 19 Vicarage Street, Nuneaton.
Llewellyn, Mary 17th May 1941 18 College Street, Nuneaton
Lockley, Thomas 17th May 1941 62 Tomkinson Road, Nuneaton
Lowe, (Female) 17th May 1941 16 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton
Lowe, Janet Rose 17th May 1941 16 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton
Lucas, Emma Jane 17th May 1941 6 College Street, Nuneaton
Marriott, Adelaide 17th May 1941 20 Alexandra Street, Nuneaton
Melly, Edward Ferdinand 17th May 1941 Church Street, Nuneaton
Melly, Mrs E. F. 17th May 1941 Church Street, Nuneaton
Merrick, Margaret Annie 17th May 1941 Queens Road, Nuneaton
Merrick, Margaret 17th May 1941 Queens Road, Nuneaton
Merrick, Patrick 17th May 1941 Queens Road, Nuneaton
Merrick, William 17th May 1941 Queens Road, Nuneaton
Moore, Rose Hannah 17th May 1941 240 Heath End Road,
Olner, Wilfred Henry 17th May 1941 60 Marlborough Road,
Payne, Brenda Ann 17th May 1941 14 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton
Payne, Derek John 17th May 1941 1 Clifton Road, Nuneaton
Payne, Doris 17th May 1941 1 Clifton Road, Nuneaton
Payne, John William 17th May 1941 1 Clifton Road, Nuneaton
Payne, Elisabeth 17th May 1941 14 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton
Pegg, Edith May 17th May 1941 Queens Road, Nuneaton
Pegg, Joseph 17th May 1941 Queens Road, Nuneaton
Rees, Gillian 17th May 1941 16 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton
Rees, Nancy 17th May 1941 16 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton
Rees, Noel 17th May 1941 16 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton.
Rowlands, William John 17th May 1941 Manor Court Road, Nuneaton
Salter, Maurice 17th May 1941 Eliot House in Abbey Green,
Sheffield, Edward 17th May 1941 171 Heath End Road,
Sheffield, Mary Gladys 17th May 1941 171 Heath End Road,.
Simmons, Samuel 17th May 1941 32 Stretton Road, Nuneaton.
Smith, Sarah Emma 17th May 1941 33 Church Street,
Spurgeon, Iris 17th May 1941 151 Queens Road, Nuneaton
Sutton, Ada Maude 17th May 1941 240 Heath End Road,
Sutton, Alice Doreen 17th May 1941 240 Heath End Road,
Sutton, Margaret Annie 17th May 1941 238 Heath End Road,
Sutton, Sarah Ellen 17th May 1941 12 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton
Sutton, Thomas Randolph 17th May 1941 12 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton
Sutton, Walter Albert John 17th May 1941 238 Heath End Road,
Thomas, Charles 17th May 1941 12 Graham Street,
Tweed, Elsie 17th May 1941 38 Frank Street,
Wilkes, Eleanor May 17th May 1941 67 Shanklin Drive, Nuneaton
Wilkes, Geoffrey 17th May 1941 67 Shanklin Drive, Nuneaton
Williams, Ethel M 17th May 1941 12 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton
Woodcock, Edward C 17th May 1941 Manor Court Road, Nuneaton
Woodcock, Marion A 17th May 1941 Manor Court Road, Nuneaton
Woods, Joyce 17th May 1941 12 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton
Woods, Elisabeth 17th May 1941 12 Ventnor Street
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Nuneaton Lions folds after 50 Years

Very sad news has reached us about Nuneaton Lions, best known for organising Nuneaton Civic Bonfire & Firework Display in November. They also organised many other fund raising events throughout the year, indeed Nuneaton Memories were supported by Nuneaton Lions, many local good causes will miss them greatly.

A statement from Nuneaton Lions reads :

“It is with immense sadness that we confirm that Nuneaton Lions have, in their 50th year ended their involvement in Nuneaton. Lions have proudly served their community raising money for individuals and groups, with every penny raised going back to the community of Nuneaton.

All money left in the then bank has been distributed to groups or charities selected by the remaining members and the chains of office will go on display in the Mayor’s parlour, to be available if Nuneaton Lions should be re-formed in the future.

We wish all of our supporters and followers well in their efforts to help others. The civic bonfire will hopefully continue with the Round Table at the helm.”

SELECTION OF photos are below

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In Search Of “Flowers”

By Ben Mayne

This morning I visited Serjeant 12063 Henry E Flowers MM. I had some spare time so decided to conduct some research to see what I could find….

I couldn’t believe that I found his citation for his Military Medal held within the 6th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiments War Diaries. I looked for any details on his death but nothing was recorded sadly.

Are you a “Flowers” is so please email us any family history or photos NuneatonMemories@btinternet.com

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