|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 Luncheon Rooms.
|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
|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 immediate vicinity."
|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
|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
|The link to the left will
enable you to view and
purchase our book of old
postcards of Stratford.
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|A good view of W H Smith's, Hilton's - and do you remember the
"Sugar Loaf" ?
|Midland Bank, the "Garrick" and Freeman, Hardy and Willis.
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