Gerrards Cross, Packhorse Road, November 2014
The West side

This page was first created in 2002, updated in 2009 but now many things have changed.  Some of the commentary touches on changes between 1977 when an American friend went home and 2002/2009 and some on changes over more recent years.

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The Packhorse pub is no more.  After being closed altogether for a while in 2008, and with an uncertain future, the building has reopened as a Wildwood restaurant and bar.  The interior has not been changed much in this latest re-incarnation but is radically different from the pub of 1977.
  The building on the left is a new office block built on part of the Packhorse's car park.

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The window on the left is part of the Wildwood restaurant but was used for a long time as a charity shop.
Guinot beauty salon has replaced Chiltern Florists which occupied this unit far a very long time.  An Indian restaurant has occupied the next site for several years, albeit with at least one name change, but before that it was a branch of Tesco.  Neville Johnson selling bespoke furniture has replaced the longstanding ladies hairdressing  establishment.  You can see the 2002 picture here.

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Hob salons occupies premises that have changed hands a number of times.  It has been a branch of Southern Electricity  and, later, a greengrocer but most recently was Richardsons the butcher.  Jungs operates a cafe, a deli and a baker's shop.  Previous occupants of one or the other of the two units were David Shuttle and a paint & wallpaper retailer as well as a party shop but go back 30 years and it was a branch of Brendon's selling televisions and radios.

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We now have a branch of Multiyork who use both the ground floor and the first floor so TVF has had to find new premises.
The building was a Woolworths and then a leather furniture shop.  Davies jeweller is unchanged.  Dry cleaning has been the trade of the next shop throughout this period, although it used to be Achille Serre.

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Travel Time is the only shop that is essentially unchanged.  Fishers occupied three units as one shop but the arrival of the supermarket outlets did not allow that to continue.
We now have a branch of Sainsbury's occupying two units while Fishers has concentrated on being a butcher within just one unit.  Big changes!




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Clark's shoe shop has been replaced by a Auberge du Chocolat.  Gita, Dorosu in 2009, Bo-Peep in 2002, all lady's fashions, was Rayner's the chemist, a delightful if somewhat old-fashioned establishment.  

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Across Bulstrode Way is Lloyds Bank, no longer labelled Lloyds TSB..  The 2002 picture is here.
The street furniture is new too.  The planted tubs appeared a year or two back and now we have baskets and flags on the street lamps.

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One of the few lengths of the road that has not changed since 2009 but there have been many changes since 2002.  Graham's dressed gentlemen for many years but was replaced by Oxfam after the Graham family retired from their business.  Lunn Poly travel agent, or Holiday Shop as they style themselves, has had a name change to Thomson.  Back in 1977 the site was a laundromat.  Aldridge, the greengrocer, has been replaced by a betting shop.

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Everythnig has changed here. Winser, recently Krembo, was Unwin's the last in a line of Off Licences,  Earlier the unit was a baker's and then a jeweller.  Eateries of one sort and another have multiplied in Gerrards Cross so we now have a Pizza Express. 
NSS ran this large unit as a newsagent until Forbuoys came along which changed its name to Martins.. Before that, it was Budgen's Supermarket, which moved to a new building in Station Road but by 2009 is no longer represented in Gerrards Cross. 

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The lady's hairdresser under the Brox has just had an internal refurbish.  Trudels used to sell china and glassware, then Lyttons sold fuirnishing fabrics and now Country Casuals offer lady's clothing.  For a shortish period in the 1980's it was an art shop.  The Jade Room, then The Good Life occupied the premises now run as Caffe Nero.  The shop on the right was Patricia's fashions for many years but now stands empty.

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Before the we reach the next shops, we meet the new railway bridge parapet constructed during the creation of the Tesco store on the other side of the road.  We also catch a glimpse of the Barclays Bank in Station Approach which used to be in premises on the other side of Packhorse Road.


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After crossing the railway bridge we have Station Approach on the left.  Only a small change to the shop front has occured since 2002.


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W H Smith and Timpsons have been here all these years, but with various changes of appearance.  Extreme Design on the corner of Ethorpe Crescent deals in kitchens.  The new traffic lights at the junction of Packhorse Road and Station Road do not do it any favours.

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A brief digression to the cinema in Ethorpe Crescent, showing movies through all this period, but under a number of different banners.  On the right, what was Midland Bank is now known officially as HSBC.

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Boots the Chemist, with a new colour scheme on the facia,  expanded into the unit next to the bank a few years ago. Before that, it was an Off Licence, latterly Victoria Wine.  Not showing too well in the picture is Blue Dragon dry cleaners and launderers which has been there since before 1977.  This unit and the next two were previously used by Waitrose and then by Oakshotts.

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This is where Grahame Peck moved to, but the men's outfitting business has now gone to be replaced by a branch of Costa.  Santander took over the business of Abbey National , including these premises.  Oakshotts, grocers, was here in the 1970s.  

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Next to Santander, the ladies have been able to have their hair done for probably twenty years, but before that Franks sold fruit and veg - and ice cream - we bought his big chest freezer when he ceased to sell ice cream!  The next two units were International Stores, a small supermarket chain - what a choice for food shopping we had then!  By 1990, the first one was a travel agent, although under a different name, and then Lights and Shades retailer of - well, lights and shades!  Lights and Shades changed to Lighting Matters and absorbed the travel agent's space.  The corner shop, now an estate agent, was the National Provincial Bank, followed by Bramfield and Northcote selling antiques and collectables - the closure of the bank was in the mid-1970's.

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And finally, on the west side of Packhorse Road, we come to the Ethorpe Hotel.  More or less unchanged from a long time before the period we are looking at, it has had several changes of image.

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

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

Updated in November 2014.

Photos Guy Gorton
guy.gorton@btinternet.com