6 Kingsway Parade

206 London Road, Hadleigh

Kingsway Parade 1950s
Chris Worpole
Advertisement 1953
Crafts at 6 Kingsway from a 1964 postcard
2016 Moores and the Knitting Emporium
2019 Toast Tanning and the Nail Lounge

The terrace used to bear the date 1935, presumably when it was built.

The earliest history of this later divided shop unit is presently unknown.

In 1937, Geoff Choppen ran a ladies hairdressers at number 6 with Howard W Sutton, a wireless supplies dealer at 6A.

The entries in the 1939 Register for 6 remain closed, but Harold, a gas fitter, and Adeline Dibble were at 6A.

In the 1950s, Percy Worpole and his son, John sold sanitary ware seconds as Ware Traders at 6 Kingsway Parade.

In 1964, a postcard appears to show the name “CRAFTS” over number 6 and toys can be seen on the forecourt.

In more recent times, it became subdivided with Moore’s Shoe Repairs for many years on the left hand side and The Knitting Emporium on the right.

By 2019, it had become Toast Tanning and the Nail Lounge.

Please add your comments about your memories of this shop unit.


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  • My aunt Mrs. Hilda Stroud used to work in Crafts in the early 1960s, which for this six year old made it my favourite shop in Hadleigh. I remember being taken in there to buy a Corgi Triumph Herald because I had been a good boy at the dentist while having a tooth out.

    By Graham Stroud (20/06/2021)

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