Carpets with a past

This building is comparatively new dating to the 1970's

Carpet Warehouse
No 2 School Parade

This building stands on the site of three shops that was known as School Parade.

‘Weedens’ confectioners in the centre. To the left Wisemans’ greengrocers to the right ‘Howards’ Dairy’ ¬†Westwoods’ grocer?

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  • I remember very well taking my mum’s little red book to the dairy and to Wiseman’s for her weekly shopping. They also did ‘tick’ and I often had to take the book with me during the week so they could write down what was owing for Friday. My granddad used to cycle on his old bone shaker from Waverley Road, along the High Road to Boon’s newsagents-just before Manor Road, on the left-to get a quarter of toffee bonbons and the Radio Times.

    By Sue Tripp (Nee Moore) (29/01/2015)
  • I don’t remember this as a carpet shop but while on the subject of carpets,any recollections of THE carpet of the 50s and 60s, the famous Cyril Lord?  I think nearly every council house in Basildon had it fitted at some time or another!  That and the Marley vinyl tiles that covered every kitchen floor in those days.  Are they still around in UK, anyone know?

    By Ken Page (18/09/2011)
  • I remember getting my jamboree bags there on the way to the High Road School.

    By Joe Rudniski (16/09/2011)
  • I remember that the carpet shop was built to accommodate sailing boats. It was a yacht chandlers.

    By Peter Long (21/06/2011)
  • Oh yes I do remember Weedon’s paper shop I did a paper round for them and on Sundays we had to collect money from the customers for their papers, I think I was about 12 years old, not too much health and safety then. Mr & Mrs Wiseman’s daughter next door used to breed Siamese cats and when they had a new litter I used to get a cuddle, unfortunately we couldn’t afford one, but I did have a lovely ginger cat named Sandy. Gloria

    By Gloria Sewell (15/06/2011)

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