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A find with a possible link to the dray horses of yore

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: May 04, 2014

  • A long gone but not forgotten TV and radio shop in Cradley

  • The mstery item found in Blockall, Darlaston

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THE flourishing and well supported "Cradley Then and Now" history group are holding their next meeting on Monday, May 12, at the Park Lane Hall in Netherend, commencing at 7.30pm, and the evening will include the AGM.

Jill Guest from the Group has been in touch with the following information. "After the business of the AGM is concluded we are in store for a treat, apologies for the pun, as speaker Maurice Cole gets stuck into his memories of the John Morris electrical store at Windmill Hill in Cradley. What memories he will divulge he is keeping a closely guarded secret, but I would imagine he will be waxing lyrical about the day to day running of a high street shop and the varied customers he used to deal with.

"The attached picture shows the John Morris shop as it looked in the 1970s. Beecher Road is just to the left and a butcher's shop and the Round of Beef pub are just out of shot to the right. This site has now been redeveloped with housing. In the shop window next to John Morris's, Green Shield Stamp posters can be clearly seen."

In light of the corner shop making a bit of a comeback recently, in particular the high number of local pubs that have been converted into convenience stores, can you recall your favourite shop from years ago which like John Morris has sadly disappeared from the high street?

Perhaps it was the tuck shop you may have popped into on the way to school, or the butchers, bakers and sundry other retailers that you were taken to by your mom. The amazing contraption at the Coop that would whiz the money for a purchase along a wire into a lofty office, and then minutes later return with the change.

If you have any memories on this subject about old shops that are sadly missed and would like to share them with Bugle readers, please email editor@blackcountrybugle.co.uk or contact Bugle House on 10384 567678.

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