The Bamber Stores in Common Approach

More information and pictures sought

23rd Jan 2017, two archive editors met Ralph Aldridge who kindly allowed them to scan some deeds referring to the sale of a property on the Raymonds Farm Estate.

The witness, as shown on the conveyance,  was a Mr J Bamber,  whose shop used to be in Common Approach, Thundersley.   John Bamber was born in 1872 and by 1939 had retired nearby, to Grandview Drive.

If anyone recalls the shop or Mr Bamber, or has related pictures, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Common Approach, Thundersley

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  • About 1960 I used to live in Sayers just up the road. My dad used to call this place “the paraffin shop.” As a kid I used to spend my 6d pocket money here. 12 fruit salads and 12 black jacks all for sixpence. Happy days!

    {Ed: 6d = 2½p}

    By mark (21/08/2023)
  • I well remember Bambers Hardware shop. I lived in Thundersley from 1949 to 1960 and used to buy fire wood, coal briquettes (compressed coal scraps), paraffin etc. Even today, I can remember that lovely smell of wood/paraffin/oil & candles etc. The shop was a very handy local stores. I was at Dark Lane school, and lived at 9 First Avenue, Caravan Park, Hart Road. I was only 4 years old when we went to live in Thundersley and the Caravan site at that time had no Electricity and the roads were really only cinder tracks.

    By Lynn Peter Sharman (19/08/2021)

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