Gerrards Cross, Packhorse Road, Summer 2020

The East side

This page was first created in 2002 and has been updated since a number of times.   So much has changed recently that this version will have lots of differences.

barclays

We start our walk along Packhorse Road at the old Barclays Bank building, possible the most handsome building in the street..  It now has a number of occupants.
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hiedi  barnados

S.T.S Home Decor occupied the corner shop before the business moved along Oak End Way.  S.T.S was followed by Ducostat which started by offering stationery including office requirements which metamorphosed into a shop selling gifts of many descriptions, but new owners have joined the other shops selling clothes to fashionable ladies.  Wine Rack, Stowells and Threshers selling wines have been replaced by toys. Barnardos charity shop has been here for well over ten years, but before that, it was Jenny Lind, ladies's fashions.

pharmacy    vet

In recent years, Health & Beauty Pharmacy has occupied two units.  Its original premises, on the left, was occupied by Savory & Moore, a Bond Street chemist.  A big change here with a new veterinary clinic, replacing an estate agent.  A long time ago it was Windsor Shoes, specialising, if I remember correctly, in children's shoes - they even had an X-ray machine!

menshair    bootsopt

The Ottoman has very recently opened offering to cut, or is it fashion, men's hair.  Boots Opticians seems to have taken over D & A here and elsewhere   A little dress shop, Elna's, occupied the unit previously, following other dress shops under one name or another for a long time. 


carpet#    specs
Carpetright has taken over the Cargo Home Shop which had been preceded by several businesses since Sainsbury's left.  Ones that come to mind are a dress shop and a steak restaurant.  What is extraordinary is that the shop front is still pure Sainsbury's!   Specsavers is the fourth optician in the town. It took over from Katies Confections.  Until Specsavers came along, these premises have housed bakers all along, under two or three names, but the one that sticks in mind from earlier days is Sturleys. 

natwest

Next we come to the National Westminster Bank, occupying the premises formerly used by one its constituent parts, Westminster Bank.  Many changes inside, but largely unchanged outside.  The traffic lights here have at last been removed and the pedestrian crossing re-instated.

jackAlice     cancer

Big changes here.  Guidelines, ladies clothing, occupied both these units although in later years they did not use the right hand one.
Now Jack & Alice houses a coffee shop which also includes some fine dining.  The photo was taken on a Sunday afternoon and the place has plenty of custom.
There are several charity shops in Gerrards Cross but this one has the biggest frontage.


  subway   hampton

Quite substantial changes to the scenery in this part of the road.  The new building to the left replaces the County Garage which had over-the-pavement petrol pumps, a way through to the rear premises and some retail space.  What we have now is the Subway snack bar, popular with the younger generation, and the tanning shop to get a healthy looking tan!. Hamptons used to be Giddy and Giddy, which is not much of a change


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The new Tesco store opened 5 years late on November 29th, 2010.  It gets a large picture because it occupies a considerable length of Packhorse Road, replacing the railway bridge parapet which had been in place since 1905.  There is a small entrance on this side, the main one being some distance along the road to the left which leads to the car park.  Tesco made considerable efforts to make this store look different, with water features along this otherwise plain brick wall, with roof supporting pillars that are nicely clad with oak..   2020 has not seen any material changes to this view.

I have been asked, in 2014, what this part of Packhorse Road looked like before the arrival of Tesco.  I have added a supplementary page here which I hope illustrates the main changes.  You can go to it here.

 Back to the 2020 look of Packhorse Road.

hampton     treasure

The first shop in the parade south of Tesco is now Hamptons.  Previously it was occupied by Hetheringtons which a few years ago gloried under the name of Hetherington, Swannell & Secrett.  Frost has been an estate agent name here for a long time, but not always at this address.  Treasures is taking over from yet another estate agent - I wonder what it will be.  Another update to this page will be needed.

goldssmith   luna

The two units in the left hand picture used to be occupied by Bruce and Lumb, furnishers.  The first half of Bruce and Lumb is now a little place selling jewelry and gifts, although it has had a  number of incarnations since Bruce & Lumb left.  Estate agent Gibbs Gillespie moved here from another part of Packhorse Road, taking over from Woolwich Building Society..
Cullen's was a good quality grocers, specialising in wines and cheeses in its later days, but in the mid '80s a restaurant took over, named Santucci for some years but now called Luna Rossa.  In 2014, the restaurant took over the unit on the right which used to be Sasso.  It now has a new front in the same style as the original restaurant.  John Morrish and then Anthony Badger sold jewelry here, then Ballare took over selling shoes, giving way to Sasso specialising in various forms of tiles..


cardela  ophone

At the left is Cardella, selling cards, gifts and chocolates, but this was one of the two units occupied twenty five years ago by Percivall's, electrical appliances.   The little shop next in the parade used to sell smart ladies's fashions, previously under the name Lisa La Moda, which we will meet again further along the road, but now operated by GX Beauty Lounge..  It is not clear what went on in the premises back in 1975.  Next to that used to be Bott's the fishmonger - a much-loved shop but not loved enough for the response to the poster "use us or lose us!" to have enough effect to save the business.  It then became a men's outfitters and then a charity shop run by Shaw Trust but now specialises in telephones..  The last shop before Marsham Way is now the office of Romans which seems to be the most recent in a long line of Estate Agent names.  Twenty five years ago, it housed Halls, men's outfitters.


PO

The Post Office looks much the same but it has more little posters on the windows.


 fego  cook  

Pilgrim House, with St. Andrew's United Reformed Church upstairs, was built on the site of the previous URC, its large car park and the hall behind the car park.  These shops are therefore all fairly recent, having been first occupied in the early 1980's.  Some of the seven units are still in the original trade although not under the original owners.  The two units on the left were a kitchen design and fitting shop, then the carpet and furniture shop also occupied both until it contracted to one unit and Fego Caffe opened its doors.  Lisa La Moda moved along the parade and Cook which offers frozen foods, mostly ready-meals, took over the space.

  
 
har
The hairdresser is still operating in the next unit.


lisa

Cook's took over Matt La Moda men's shop which now uses the left half of a double unit with the ladies Lisa La Moda..  Just out of sight is the big clock on the outside of St. Andrew's church.


books URC

Books have been sold in the next shop from the opening of this building, although under a number of titles.
Lastly, the entrance to St. Andrew's leads to a light and airy church upstairs, with useful additional rooms, including a good kitchen.  Gerrards Cross Congregational Church was established on this ground in the early 1920s and Christians have worshipped here continuously since then except for the two years it took to create this building in 1980 and 1981.


mands
This building was used by the motor trade from the 1930s until 2006, when M & S adapted it to the format of a Simply Food branch.  It is hard to remember petrol pumps here!  It has recently been brightened up by replacing the black canopy and signs with white ones.


majestic 260

Majestic wine warehouse has taken over the office space in what used to be called Madeley House  The building was used by Hetherington solicitors for many years.  The Oaks office building is now (right-hand picture) used by a holiday company, but in the previous building on this site, the Ministry of Pensions and Social Security had an office, and next to it, Woodward and Stalder sold sports goods.

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Finally, Packhorse Road presents a rather fine view of what were at one time alms houses.  The frontage is on East Common, so the buildings are not strictly on Packhorse Road but do provide a nice finale.


I do hope you found the tour informative.  Would you like to look at the west side now?

You just might want to go back to the introductory page!

Photos Guy Gorton

Updated May 2011
Updated December 2014
Updated March 2020