Harry Lowe's café on Arterial Road

Backside of an envelope from Laindon with a photo of Harry Lowe's Café
Frontside of the same envelope, sent from Laindon on AUG 31, 1950

Being a philatelist  I lately purchased a set of envelopes,   containing an envelope that was sent from Laindon.  On the backside an interesting photo of (I think) a building that was broken down.  It’s a little romantic, with some bicycles on it and a small billboard in the door: “TEAS”.
I hope it’s a little contribution for your community archive.



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  • Another apprentice was “Brian Brummel” he was an apprentice Blacksmith and lived (I think) in Church Road; not far from the “Prince of Wales” pub where a bunch of us used to gather on our motorbikes,(Micky Sullivan, Don Atkins, Roy Webster, Johnny Harding, Bert Morrison and one or two others whose names escape me.)J.B.

    By Mr.J.W.Birch (25/11/2018)
  • When I was an apprentice at “Coles of Laindon” in 1955, I and the other apprentices used to take it in turns to ride out push bikes to “Harry Lowes” to collect the tea in a large metal jug (must have held about a gallon) for the rest of the employees. One of the other apprentices was a school buddy of mine, one “Ernie Marshall.” The last time I spoke to Ernie was way back in the late 60’s/early 70’s when he was in Laindon on a visit and was now a builder living in Cornwall, can enybody add to this? J.B.

    By Mr.J.W.Birch (22/11/2018)
  • Harry Lowe’s cafe was the Venue for a load of youngsters, including myself, in 1953 to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth. We each got a commemorative Coronation Mug to mark the occasion. We had a cracking time there!

    By Colin Clarke (21/03/2018)

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