|High Street in the 1920s or early 30s. Shops on the right include Fred
Winter and the Empire Meat Co, whilst on the left are the Hathaway
|This postcard was posted in 1950. Freeman, Hardy and Willis' shoe
shop can be seen - and look at the sign outside Harvard House - "No
Parking This Side Today" - did someone change it every day ? Some
great old motor cars too.
|A view of Tudor House and High Street from a painting by Adrian Hill.
|A postcard by Raphael Tuck and Sons which really shows more of
Chapel Street but is entitled High Street. This one dates from the early
20th Century. From the reverse of the card - "High Street is full of
associations of the Bard of Avon. On the right is Harvard House, a
beautiful piece of architecture of the sixteenth century. It was the
home of the founder of the Harvard University, USA. The Town Hall,
the Guild Chapel and Grammar School, and the Guildhall are all in the
|Another postcard showing Tudor House on the corner of High Street
and Ely Street, probably dating from around the First War.
|A postcard from 1907.
|A view of High Street from before the first war. Look at the bike by the
two little girls.
|A great old postcard of High Street, decorated probably for the
|A fairly recent acquisition, a postcard from the late 20s or early 30s.
The car registration is YG2275 - does anyone know it ? Also there are
several shop names visible - click on the image for a closer view.
|An undated postcard by J Salmon.
|A postcard from the early 20th Century. This card appeared in the
programme for the English National Opera's March 2006 production of
Vaughan Williams' comic opera "Sir John in Love".
|The Town Hall.There used to be shops right up to the corner of Sheep
Street - they can just be seen in this card. Gordon Kinman had his
fishmonger's shop there.
|This modern postcard is a reproduction of a pre-war GWR poster.
|No date for this one, but about 1950 from the car - reg no JNX435.
|Harvard House in the 1930s.
|Tudor House again - no date, but look at the lady's clothes !
|This is a lovely old postcard which dates from 1904 and shows Edward
Fox's Shakespeare View Store on the corner of High Street and
Bridge Street - see the article and advertisement below.
|High Street is the busy shopping centre of Stratford-upon-Avon with many of the usual chain
retailers but also a smattering of independent shops as well - and there are pubs and
restaurants for most tastes either in High Street or close by.
I used to love this street as a child - my Great-Aunt Daise (Daisy Jackson, who lived at 17 Broad
Street) worked in Lennards Shoe shop for many years. There was Ballance's, the grocers. And
W H Smith's - spent hours in there looking for books. And the Midland Educational.
|Do You Remember.....The Town Hall Fire? One morning
in 1946 we heard on the wireless that the Town Hall was
on fire, so on the way to school we went and had a look.
By this time the fire was out, no doubt much to our
disappointment (I was only 9 !) I recall that a valuable
Gainsborough painting of the actor David Garrick was
destroyed in the blaze, which ruined the ballroom.
|Do You Remember......the Town Hall Ballroom Floor
Collapse. My mother once told me she was at a dance there
when the floor collapsed ! Does anyone have any
information about this ?
|Do You Remember.......Gordon Kinman's Fishmongers shop on the corner of Sheep Street
and High Street, opposite the Town Hall ? Gordon was a friend of my father but I don't know
much about him - any information will be most welcome. The shop is no longer there, having
been destroyed when the corner of High Street and Sheep Street was widened.
|Do You Remember.......Sleath's ? This was a bicycle
shop which also sold toys, and was like a magic cave
to me as a child. It was a long, thin shop and you had
to walk deep inside to find the toys.
|And Do You Remember.....The Old Tudor House
Restaurant (now a pizza place) on the corner of Ely
Street. My mother used to take me there to tea - and
they had Kunzle's Cakes !
|Postcards of the Past
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