High Street

By Peter Madsen

Hoddesdon High Street
Peter Madsen

A black and white photograph of Hoddesdon High Street taken circa 1953 at night using a Kodak Brownie No.2 box camera- from memory using a 2 second exposure.Vastly different from the pedestrianization of today, can see the road is for two-way through traffic, the weekly market was held on the parking area to the right. Also visible the now demolished ‘Bull Hotel’ on the left protruding over the pavement with its supporting pillars, and patently no ‘Tower Heights’ which exist today behind the clock tower.

This page was added on 19/10/2009.

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  • Hi Malcolm, hope you are keeping well, I remember working at your fathers shop S F Norris in Amwell Street the mid 1960’s during the time that the ‘New Precinct’ was being built, I also have a photo of the shop which I suspect was taken in the early 1950’s

    By Charles Faux (04/04/2021)
  • My dad John Armstrong was born in 5 Marston Road. 1937.They moved back to the North East in 1939.
    We found this info following dad’s passing when my brother began compiling a family tree.
    He had an older brother William sister Doris who died when she was 7 and Ellen .

    By Christine Frost (13/08/2020)
  • my parents had a shoe shop at no 79 high st called
    wj carter and son . i used to visit all the shops mentioned as a boy .i believe sf norris moved to a
    shop under the flats in the tower heights
    john carter

    By jonn carter (24/02/2019)
  • Hi Peter,
    I remember it well. I was born in Marston Rd. Hoddesdon in 1939.
    We had a shop in Amwell St.
    S F Norris Ltd at No 16. It was demolished when the new Tower Centre was built.
    I would like to hear from anyone who remembers this.

    By Malcolm Norris (22/11/2018)
  • My own memories are of living in the high street. My mother had a shop called Meek s at 31 high street Hoddesdon.
    My grandmother had a greengrocers Gibson.
    My aunt had a shop called Sylvia Bryant.
    I was Lauraine Meek . Well I still am Lauraine Meek.
    I have happy memories of living in
    Regards to all old friends Mishy Meek

    By Lauraine Meek (16/10/2017)

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