Many will remember Pelham’s shop in The Broadway, Laindon.
Records show that Mrs Pelham’s husband Abraham (Albert) died in 1946 aged 59. The Basildon Development Corporation’s 1949 survey shows that Pelham’s shop was owned by Mr Clifford at that time of the survey, although Mrs Pelham stayed on until the late fifties when another lady ran the shop for a while. Keith Cullis then bought the shop and it became known as ‘Keith’s’. In the first photo below, he is pictured outside the shop, sweeping at the front door.
I have just noticed on the same photo, on the shop next door, below the name ‘Dangerfield’s’ are the words ‘Prop. Keith’s’. Did Keith own both shops I wonder?
Sadly Keith passed away early in 2018 but his wife Margaret came along to the 23rd February 2019 Memory Day and brought a few photos with her.
Margaret’s Grandparents were the Hollowbread family who at one time lived in Southfields Cottages. Her mother Winifred married Richard Morton in 1936. The family later moved to No 7 King Edward Road. Margaret Morton married Keith Cullis in 1959.
When the Laindon Shopping Centre was built, Keith moved his business there but eventually sold it to Martins Newsagents. Keith and Margaret then moved to Romford and later Clacton.
Does anybody recognise the paperboy in the second photo? We would really be interested to know who he was.
Lastly a photo of a float from the 1968 Basildon Carnival advertising ‘Keith’s Laindon shop.