1. The Birkbeck Bakery - Shakespeare Road.
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I have amazing memories of this little shop. In the late sixties it was owned by a chap called Bill Cardon, who was a friend of my fathers and a member of the Mill Hill Services club. Bill was a season ticket holder for Watford FC. He drove an olive green mini van. Our family had a rigid routine. On a Sunday, my Dad would pick up three old ladies and take them to 11am mass at The Sacred Heart. Once mass finished, he'd nip into "The Little Shop". He'd stock up on his favourite provisions. This used to infuriate my mother, who liked to penny pinch. Bill would slice fresh ham off the bone, in thick slices, that would later become afternoon tea. Often there were shortages of items such as sugar, bread etc. Bill would always put some aside for my Dad. When Bill sold up, the new owners did not indulge my Dad and so we stopped going. As he used to spend a small fortune every week, I suspect that this was not a great bit of business.
2. Vincetts butchers - Hammers Lane.
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|Vincett's Butchers 1894 - By Ron Pook|
3 and 4 Cooks Store / Lambs Store - 1 and 12 The High St.
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|M.J Lamb circa 1974|
5 and 6. The Old Post Office - Hammers Lane and The Old Mill.
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|Old Mill House and Post Office Cottage|
The shop became Glorafilia (which now operates an online business) which sold soft furnishings, before eventually following all of the rest of the small shops of the backwaters of Mill Hill, into oblivion (Picture courtesy of the Mill Hill Preservation Society website).
There are a whole stack of great pictures on the Mill Hill Preservation society website, if you have enjoyed this small selection. If anyone has any old pictures of Mill Hill lying around in biscuit tins, especially with accompanying stories, please do a quick scan and let me have a copy (click here to email to me). A free pot noodle at Mill Hill Music Complex for every photo submitted (must be pre 1980). There are many blogs I write for many reasons. These lists I do purely for the love of it. I do hope you enjoy them.