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Down Memory lane at the Highbury Estate

Published: 22nd March 2007 13:04

On the Highbury Estate today there is only one actual shop.  

In 1960 however there were the following:  

Chatsworth Avenue  

75    Carrolls Grogers
77    Harfields Hairdressers
84     Purnells Newsagents & Post Office
86     Portsea Island Coop
187   Newshams General Store
189   Smeeds Off Licence
192   Healey's Butchers
194   Brookes Green grocers  

Highbury Grove    

328 Pascoe's General Store    

There was also a radio & tv shop and cycle shop in The Old Road.

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Fred C
At 18:57 on 19th May 2008, Fred C commented:
We used to live just along from the Post Office and the Coop in Chatsworth Avenue. I still remember our Coop number! We also used Healey's Butchers and other times we used the stores in Highbury Buildings at the end of the road (Nappers?) and the stores further up the High Street. Also walked to the library quite often.
I sold my parents house after they both died in the mid-1970's. I've been back about once every 5 years or so to take a look.
Whoever put this site together is to be commended - there is a lot of interesting information.
Mike T.
John O
At 08:20 on 20th September 2008, John O commented:
I used to live at the far end of Highbury Grove which during the war was still unmade (it was "adopted" by the Council in the early 50's). I remember the shops as described but 194 Chatsworth Avenue was originally a drycleaner/laundry and Pascoes was not built until the late 50's.

The shops in Highbury Buildings started on the left with a split shop (part was a knitting shop), then a fish & chip shop, can't remember the next but there were 2 shops belonging to Carters (one was a sweetshop/tobacconist), Cracknells the Tailors and finally 2 shops owned by Nappers (Ironmongers). There were apartments above the shops with access either side of the Carters shops.

The centre section of the block was bombed during the war.

Derek M
At 17:25 on 15th October 2009, Derek M commented:
Just read your down memory lane article concerning Highbury Grove.
I am researching my family history and 238 Highbury Grove features ijn that reseach. Would you have any information about a lady by the name of Beatrice Rose Lucas. Her husband was John Lucas and he was a electrical instrument repairer. Thay also lived at 26 Windsor Road Cosham. I think there may have been a son by the name of Geoffrey. Beatrice died an 19th January 1969.
I would be very grateful for any information you might remember.
My e-mail address is dgm5745@btinternet.com

At 08:54 on 15th May 2010, Kevin commented:
Co-op number 192768
Pascoe's was a regular shop to visit as we lived at 264. My favourite was the Bike and radio shop in the old road.... Where my fist Bike and my first Radiogram player thing came from. All the shops were visited by me and mine for many years. Do I remember that the grocers became a Spar in the 70's? Good site!
stephen. gover
At 14:01 on 25th November 2011, stephen. gover commented:
seeing this artical about cosham I am wondering if any one knows about the` Goodwins club ` I was a brief member in the late 1950`s I can remember once we went for a week-end camp over Clanfield at the leaders house sorry cant remember her name
would be glad to hear from ex members Steve Gover now living in Cambridge
Melvyn Griffiths
At 12:02 on 25th April 2015, Melvyn Griffiths commented:
When I was a Boy my mother use to often send me to the Co-op to get the essentials like bread and milk. Co-op number ? 28331. "Now don't forget it"! "Repeat it back to me". "Yes Mum.. 28331 " "Good... off you go"

A couple of years ago in a very senior moment of withdrawing cash from the ATM I put in my Mum's old Co-op divi number instead of my PIN.
The people in the queue behind me must have thought I had been let out for the afternoon from St James's as I let out a loud laugh at my mistake.
My late Mum must have been looking over my shoulder.
Tony Edward
At 16:20 on 1st June 2018, Tony Edward commented:
Radio Mart was the name of the shop at the end of Highbury Grove and Chatsworth Ave. I remember kite flying in the KGV playing fields and feeding the swans in Port Creek just near the bridge into Portsmouth. How about the 1963 big freeze when Port Creek grows solid all the way up past the Hilsea Lido.

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