Memories of the Shops in Letchworth
By Linda Mycroft
I am born and raised in Letchworth, and remember many of the shops in the town..My memories go back to around 1953 approx. I remember going with my mum to old Mr. Beddoes shop in Station Road, to get my dad’s baccy! Old Mr. Beddoe used to glare at me over the counter, and from what I have heard, he glared at all kids! It had a smell I remember to this day. Sweets, tobacco and polish! There was also Thackers in Leys Avenue who sold tobacco and cigarettes and sweets. Finlays in Leys avenue was a sweet shop too as I recall. I think my fondest memories are of Woolworth, with its floorboards, and tins of broken biscuits. They had a little ice cream kiosk near the door. Christmas time was especially magic in Woolworth when I was little. I used to love to look at all the decorations hanging up on the ceilings. I remember these balls on elastic, filled with sawdust. I think they were decorations. We used to get our fireworks from Underwoods, and that was so exciting! Nowadays the town is nothing like it was…but I will always have my memories of the old days!!!