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
It is now March 2020 and there
have been many changes in the last 12 months.
Pending a full update, I have added some notes to the
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. This view is
unchanged in 2019.
Another scene that has not
changed. The window on the left is part of the
Wildwood restaurant but was used for a long time as a
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.
It is a scene that has not
changed much since 2014. Hob salons occupies
premises that have changed hands a number of
times. It has been a branch of Southern
Electricity, a greengrocer and 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.
Jungs has gone but we are
promised a new catering establishment "soon".
Multiyork has gone, as
it has everywhere, but this old photo is more attractive
than the present scene of white windows and a To Let
sign.. I wonder if a new tenant will be found this
year. The furnishings
shop Gilroy Interiors which was in Station Road has
taken over these premises after they were vacant for
many months. 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 concentrated on being a butcher within
just one unit but Fisher's butcher's shop in now run by
Tariq.. Big changes!
More changes! The double
fronted Sainsbury's has been replaced by Screwfix
which seems an unlikely occupant. I wonder how
it will prosper.
Another charity shop has taken over from Auberge
du Chocolat. Blush
Boutique has taken over from La Belle.
La Belle is the latest name on the front of the
ladies fashion shop. It has been 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 branch is now closed.
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.
More changes in 2019 - Winser has changed its
colour. . 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
The lady's hairdresser under the name Brox continues
in action. Trudels used to sell china and
glassware, then Lyttons sold fuirnishing fabrics, then
Country Casuals offered lady's clothing, now swept away
for another food outlet - a baker.. 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 is now
Lomito, a restaurant offering steaks and other goodies..
The railway bridge constructed during the creation of the
Tesco store on the other side of the road has been, very
recently, adorned with these plant tubs.. We also
catch a glimpse of the Barclays Bank in Station Approach..
After crossing the railway
bridge we have Station Approach on the left. Only
a small change to the shop front has occured since 2002.
The little kiosk just to the
right of this picture is now used by Tiger Lily, the
florist which used to be opposite the cinema
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. The traffic lights at the end of
Station Road have gone, which is a big improvement
to traffic flow.
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
became HSBC but is now closed and empty..
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.
The most important change here is that we have our safe
pedestrian crossing again. It was removed as part
of the Tesco "improvements". The dry cleaners shop
has had a make-over with a new colour scheme. The
shop 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.
Santander is now closed and
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. Lighting Matters
has left the shop on the left which is now yet
another coffee shop glorying under the name ONE4SIX.
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. The only recent change
here is that the estate agents at the end on the right
has changed its name again!
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
You just might want to go back to
January 2019 and in March 2020.
Photos © Guy Gorton