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
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.
building on the left is a new office block built on
part of the Packhorse's car park.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Clark's shoe shop has been replaced by a Auberge du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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
After crossing the railway
bridge we have Station Approach on the left. Only
a small change to the shop front has occured since 2002.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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