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Crystal Palace Shops

Crystal Palace Shops

One of the things we found when clearing out was a little notebook issued by the Upper Norwood Chamber of Commerce. On the end pages there was some information about the history of Upper Norwood and useful information about the area. All the other pages had the name of a business and its location and then space for notes.

Cover of booklet
Shown above - the cover. Shown below the first and last pages.

Inside cover describing history of Upper Norwood
Useful information such as telepphone numbers for cottage hospital
The fact that there is no mention of the High Level Station and that there is mention of the Caravan Harbour (site) implies this dates from the mid/late 1950s. In those days there has early closing of shops at 1pm on Wednesdays - modern trading tends to be all day every day!

As an example of the pages for notes, here are the pages referring to the premises now used by Blue Door Bicycles.

Pages headed 'Memorandum' and then showing the addresses of Tele-Tech and HJ Talbot and Son moped and cycle stores

Businesses listed were as follows shown in address order, not how they were lsited in the booket. I have tried to say what the shops are now, but may have got some of them wrong!):

Artistic Florist F Sells & Son 19 Crystal Palace Parade (now Edward James Florist - F Sell still trading at Nine Elms)

Eastman and Denniss, Chartered Auctioneers and Estate Agents, 3 Church Road (Crystal Palace Market?)
H Bradley Ltd, Builders' Merchants, 32-34 Church Road (Cartwrights/Bambinos)
The "Arundell" for Meccano, Triang, Mobo Toys, etc, 52 Church Road (Finlays Bureau of Investigation)
The "Arundell" for All Fishing Tackle, Guns, Camping Gaz, 54 Church Road (Brookfield Accounts) 
E Sprod & Son Ltd Complete House and Contract Funishers, 6 Church Road and 86 Westow Hill 

Mr and Mrs RJ Ellum, The Hollybush, Hot and Cold Snacks - a Watney House, 2, Westow Hill (The Sparrowhawk)
Castle & Co Ltd, Wine Merchants, 37 Westow Hill (Topsave Supermarket and off licence)
Caton Laid & Co, Surveyors and Estate Agents, 40 Westow Hill (Crystal Nails)
Crystal Palace Stationers Props J & ED Porter (formerly W H Smith & Sons) 70 Westow Hill (Pizza at the Palace)

F A Holland, Domestic Harware, 1 Hollybush Terrace, Westow Street (Josephines)
Frank Bicknell, Billiard Table Makers, Sports and Games, 12 Westow Street (? demolished?)
The Practical Watchmaker & Jeweller RL Randles Ltd 15 Westow Street (?demolished?)
James Jackson & Sons, est 1905, General and Fancy Drapers, 17/19 Westow Street (Gurkha Cottage and Atorre)
JL Stevens MPS, Chemist, 18 Westow Street (Mind)
Paul's (Beckenham) Ltd Antiques 23 Westow Street (Grand Bay)
RB Cook The Car Accessory Shop 30 - 36 Westow Street (400 Rabbits) 
The Crystal Restaurant, Props Mrs BJ Creates, Morning Coffee and Luncheons, 41 Westow Street (Way Ahead)

Carpenter's Fresh arrivals of Fruit, Vegetables and Salads daily 3 Central Hill (Do South)
Tele-Tech Ltd, Radio, Television, Photographic, etc, 5, Central Hill (Blue Door Bicycles)
HJ Talbot & Son Moped and Cycle Stores, 7 Central Hill (Blue Door Bicycles)
Palace Model Shop, Norwood's Most Interesting Shop, Fishing Tackle, Toys, Guns, Models & Sports, 13 Central Hill (Costcutter)

"Gina" Ladies and "Junior Miss" French Hair Stylist, 8 Gipsy Hill (Now a private house)
Snowden's Stores, Do-it-yourself Materials and All Household Goods, 55 Gipsy Hill (Now a private house)


Like today, this list does not cover all of the businesses - some did not belong to the Chamber (eg the cinemas are not listed). For today's Chamber click here.

For the 're-born' Central Cycles shop look at our other website:

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