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I remember visiting the café in the mid-50s, the 1950s that is! when in my teens; probably before Edie Winch was the owner;  and hearing Little Richard on the juke box there, singing "Good golly Miss Molly."

By Pete Robbins
On 23/03/2012

Remember visiting my Aunt Edie when she was at the cafe when I was only in my teens and the bus drivers and conductors asking for a cup of Rosy Lee which was foreign to me.

By Doreen Larking
On 25/07/2012

Is this the same cafe that was called the Zambezi and was it a bakers at one stage?

By Rob Keen
On 01/07/2013

It was great to welcome Edie to Hadleigh Old Fire Station on 29th January 2014, now aged 95, as a guest of honour at our nostalgic slide show of old Hadleigh.

By LM Editor
On 02/02/2014

I lived with my mother in the Crown Café from about 1947 to 1952. There were some disused bakery ovens in the ground floor back room. At that time in the morning all the Co-op milkmen used to stop in on their way to deliver and then later on the way back to the depot in Leigh. Lunch was busy with local businessmen and frequently Mr Allen at the Kingsway would ask for delivery. Sunday afternoons and evening were very busy with all the local younger people gathering for toast and snacks; remember that well since I did the toast on a wire toaster over a gas ring. At that time for Cup Final, Jack Bardell over his garage had a group in to watch television on a small screen set, one of the few about.

I might have some old photos somewhere in my computer, if I can find them.

By Edward Brock
On 29/08/2016