Archive for the ‘Shops’ Category


Edmund Whomes came from a family of church organists and he started his piano shop in the Broadway in 1871 when he was appointed organist of Christ Church, a post he held until 1925. His son and grandson continued the shop and it evolved from selling musical instruments to records and gramophones, later to televisions, washing machines and fridges. It survived until 1989 when it could no longer compete with the large chain stores.

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This is Jennings in 1950, another popular shop. It sold shoes, travel goods, toys, prams, nursery equipment and ‘fancy goods’. The building later became Sainsbury’s and now houses Robert Dyas and Specsavers. Do you remember it?

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Hides department store was in Broadway, Bexleyheath 1851 until 1979. It was a family business and sold a huge range of goods: carpets and linoleum, china, cosmetics, dress materials, furniture, haberdashery, hats, toys… Its delicatessen was very popular. It was demolished and replaced by the Broadway Shopping Centre.

Do you remember the shop? What did you buy there? Were you sad to see it go?

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