Thompson’s Petshop 8 Kingsway Parade
202 London Road Hadleigh
Thomson’s is one of the few old Hadleigh shops we have a good picture of thanks to Don Thompson.
In a comment on another article, Don wrote, “My dad had a shop, 8 Kingsway Parade, rented to us by Yeaxlees which was at first, in 1945, his French Polishing business [my dad’s trade] and after a few years he converted it to a pet shop cum small grocers, plus fishing tackle. He worked weekends in the fish and chip shop next door.”
The shop was part of the terrace of 11 units built in the late 1920s after the bypass was made. (Number 1 Kingsway Parade was nearest the church and 11 nearest to the Crown Inn). In 1937 half of the unit was used by Frederick Hewitt, a furniture dealer, and half by Edgar Reginald Brill, a fried fish dealer.
The terrace suffered air raid damage in the Second World War.
The official shop address is now 202 London Road and the same shop unit is now used by Ladbrookes.