The Green Man and newsagents hut circa 1930s |
(picture from SWOP website)
The village shops today
By the 1950s the village had a general store at Northern Woods and Dolly Walker's shop near Oakland
Way for groceries, and the village centre had Jennings (butcher, baker, grocer), Chettles (newsagent and confectioner), Stapleys (chemist), Whitemans (butcher) and a small Co-Op outlet (groceries). There was also a wool shop
where you could buy basic clothing necessities such as underwear which was part of Wilkes Stores I believe. Swains Market was built about 1960 and this is when the first wave of
shops started to expand the shopping opportunities of the villagers.
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