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.
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
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wines have been replaced by toys.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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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..
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,
The Post Office looks much the same but it has more
little posters on the windows.
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.
The hairdresser is still operating in the next unit.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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Photos © Guy Gorton
Updated May 2011
Updated December 2014
Updated March 2020