Sunday, January 17, 2010
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.
This house at 115 Windsor Street used to have a glass conservatory at the side, just like ours at 113. You can pretty well see where it used to be because of the new wall and the painted area on the wall. Alice Bremeyer ran her shop out of this area. Her father Reuben (always known as "Pop") ran a dairy here before the war but after that retired from business and left his daughter to run the shop. There were also, I believe, two sons but they had moved on to other things. Alice sold green grocery and most staples and my mother was always popping across the road to buy the odd item. It was very convenient. For any household living to the south of Western Road, namely the Windsor St extension and beyond, this was nearest shop.
Alice soldiered on here until the 1970s. I was told that she decided to pack it in when the government introduced VAT