A Viking in Hadleigh

S Clarke’s was Castle Cleaners during the war and then became Dane Dye works, which advertised itself with a Cambridge blue paint scheme, on which was a black cut-out of a Danish Viking with a helmet, round shield and the point of a spear or sword. Later still, this corner became the  Sketchleys dry cleaners.

In later years, beyond Clarke’s to the West along the A13 towards Hadleigh Corner,  was Keeble’s the green grocers, and then either a café or the Daisy sweetshop.  Daisy’s moved over the road and was then called Hamerston’s.

In the background beyond Clarke’s, we see the public hall where dances were held during the war.  It was later used as a carpet warehouse.  Beyond the hall, were the dark green painted premises four or five shops wide of a clothing manufacturer.

At the end of the block, after the supporting wall, was a goods entrance to the pick-up area behind the manufacturer, then two semi-detached cottages with nice gardens.

Next was a field that went all the way through to Church Road. Then the wet fish shop where, just after the war, Mr Pearce stood with his little dog to collect a “Penny for the Guy”, and got 8/4d, ( eight shillings and fourpence  = 100 old pennies,  or 41 and 2/3 New Pence.) If converted entirely into fireworks, this would have provided a colossal display!)

Then came the chemist. Then Nortons removals, using big white vans with black writing and blue shadow script.

{From text dictated by Mr Pearce. E & OE.}

A13 and Meadow Road
Dane Dye Works, 4 Rectory Road
Maureen Theobald

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