Williams Brothers Stores

Hoddesdon

By Lynne B

Williams Bothers Stores

Williams Brothers Stores was a grocery and provisions shop situated towards the south end of Hoddesdon High Street. My parents met while working there. I can remember going into the store when I was quite young. I believe it closed down in the late 1960s. Next to it was Woolworths on one side and the Golden Lion Public House on the other. Woolworths sold plastic farm animals individually and I remember collecting them, one each week. Further down and across the road I can remember Stones, the first record shop in Hoddesdon. It was originally just an electrical and radio shop.

This page was added on 26/05/2009.

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  • my mum patricia truman worked at williams brothers in north watford in the 1950s

    By Dean langley (13/12/2017)
  • I was General Manager of Reddings Tea part of Williams Bros. My office was in White Hart Lane.
    After the Booker takeover in 1971 I became Sales Director but 1972 they sold Reddings to Crown Foods in Liverpool. I moved into the Cash & Carry side of the business. I left in 1979 and later became MD of AF Blakemore & Son Ltd in the Midlands.
    The largest SPAR wholesaler in the UK.
    I have been retired almost 17 years now but try to keep in touch.

    By Tony Salisbury. (15/10/2017)
  • Hi all, I believe my late grandmother worked at Williams Bros and I’m trying to check that this is the same one! Her name was Audrey May Nash, Neé Brown, and I have a 21st birthday card from a Dorothy and F.W Williams, dated 1949.
    Any ideas very welcome! Thanks.

    By Sarah Hayward (18/07/2017)
  • Hi all iam really surprised see this artcle ived asked my family who all lived in islington also myelf bornRoyal Norhern jan 1945 and married the question was does anyone remember the tim coins you got with your change do get intouch and let me know. Regards Evelyn

    By Evelyn Neale (11/07/2017)
  • Another luton Van built by H G Creasey for Williams Bros http://www.hgcreasey.co.uk/van/luton-van-williams-brothers-barnet

    By Stephen Creasey (28/06/2017)
  • Win and Sid Marsh, my Grandparents were caretakers at Holloway Road Branch until 1957. I remember Alan French and his mother, Auntie Rosie visiting them at Combe Martin in the sixties.

    By Linda Rowson (15/04/2017)
  • I am 91 and live in Dublin. I was Head Office Manager from 1953 until 1971 when the Company was taken over by Booker and traded as Budgen.
    I could not get on with the new management and left in 1953 I am still friendly with Fred Dawson the Warehouse Manager at that time

    By Henry Howard (12/04/2017)
  • We had a branch in Southgate too in the 1960s

    By Peter Sumpter (12/03/2017)
  • My father worked for the company for many years up until 1948, I worked for the company starting at the Tally Ho corner branch in 1960 then moving around various branches in London finishing at cockfosters, keep the ‘divi’ .Happy days.

    By Tony Williams (10/01/2017)
  • Hi,

    Its Paul Williams.Glad to see a following.Paul and my brother John still hoing strong. I look forward ti any corespondence.

    By Paul Williams (17/12/2016)
  • Barry Watkinson
    I worked in the Ferme Park Rd branch circa 1962 also Stroud green rd Caledonian Rd , East Finchley Enfield Town Bush Hill Park
    I remember Tom O ‘ Dowd Fred Adcock and Pat Perry who I worked with at East Finchley
    I wonder what happened to these people
    Probably like me getting on a bit now

    By Barry Watkinson (15/11/2016)
  • I worked at Williams Brothers DSS head office in White Hart Lane as secretary to the Company Secretary, Stan Sainsbury. Bryan Nunn was there during my employment as well as Paul Williams and John Williams (sons of the Managing Director). 

    By Barbara Griffin (09/03/2016)
  • I also remember Brian Nunn, he was great with boys clubs and junior football had a lot of time for all.

    By Ken Cattanach (02/03/2016)
  • I am first cousin to Bryan Nunn.  I have just returned from Norfolk Island and found many references to him there, including people who knew him. 

    He and Kenneth Nunn were proprietors of Williams Bros.  Paul may have been one of the nephews.  Kenneth had daughters, and Bryan never married or had children.

    Bryan went to Norfolk Island after the business sold in 1971.  Stayed there until 1986; was elected onto the Council and then the Legislative Assembly.  More info if you email me.

    By Peg Humphrey (06/06/2015)
  • Hell, I am trying to trace the history of Brian Nunn who was one of the directors of Williams brothers. Please can you help in any way? I was one of the boys at friern Barnet Boys club, he took myself and a friend to his boat on the river. I have a feeling it was the thames,however,I was a little young to be sure.I am 70 this Christmas coming with time on my hands. Thank you for reading this and I do hope you can help. Please contact me via Herts Memories.

    By Rufus Jones (26/02/2015)
  • I am pleasantly surprised by this article.

    Firstly, it may explain why the Dave Clark Five were associated with Tottenham.

    Secondly, I was curious as to the size of this company. My late mother had a cousin; who married a man; who I believe was the caretaker at Williams Bros. in Holloway Road in The London Borough of Islington. His house; was in; I think, Benwell Road. It backed on to Williams Bros.. 

    Thanks to this article, I did not realise there were any branches in Hertfordshire.

    I also remember that we had a Stones in Hemel Hempstead. I do not know if it was the same company as mentioned. But I believe our one may have got absorbed into the Dixons/Currys set up.

    Alan French.

    By Alan French (14/11/2014)
  • Dave Clark (of Dave Clark Five fame) used to live in a flat above the Phillip Lane, Tottenham branch of Williams Brothers – not a lot of people know that!

    By alan stockbridge (13/11/2014)
  • My Great Grandad built vehicles for Williams Brothers – here is a picture of a van we built circa 1920s? http://www.hgcreasey.co.uk/van/grocers-delivery-van

    By Stephen Creasey (02/06/2014)
  • My mum worked at Williams Brothers in Potters Bar High Street.

    By Sue Lee (12/05/2014)
  • I used to work for the MD of Williams Brothers, around 1969, when their Head Office was located in White Hart Lane, Tottenham. I think I’m right in saying that there were two ‘young’ Williamses working there at the same time – Mr Paul? is the only one I can remember. The MD was Brian Nunn, and he left at about the same time as I did, I think, but he went off to Norfolk Island: I went to Hertford! I never remember much work being done in my office concerning the company’s retailing, but more to do with the boys’ clubs Nunn supported.

    By Lesley Durston (25/11/2012)
  • Hi, do you have any idea how I would go about finding out which Williams Brothers ran these stores?

    By Karen (03/08/2012)
  • The shop was in London and Essex too. More pictures and discussion can be found on flickr.

    By Steven Duhig (08/11/2011)

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