265 Ferry Road, Hullbridge

265 Ferry Road.

Photo shot from Pooles Lane of 263/5 Ferry Road in 2008.The shops have been converted 
								into residences with 265 is the nearest half of the building in the front of the photo


From early 1960's the shop was known as Townsend's Newsagents.
It was owned by Vera Townsend and situated just after the parade of shops at the bottom end of Ferry Road. It was one of two shops in a single structure situated on the left hand side just before Pooles Lane.The other shop being Direct Fruit Supply.

Advert in Local Review Newspaper 1964 saying Vera Townsend Tobacconist,
						 Newsagent, Confectioner Ice Cream-Toys-Greeting Cards 265 Ferry Road, Hullbridge Advert 1967 The Resident saying A.J.Townsend Central Heating Engineers
								265 Ferry Road, Hullbridge, Essex Telephone 440 Gas - Oil fired - Solid Fuel
								Fully automatic small bore system Approved installers for Northern Thames Gas Board,
								Shell Mex and B.P. Ltd.,National Coal Board.
Advert from Sept 1964 Local Review Newspaper advertising the shop as a Tobacconist, Newsagent, Confectioner. Advert from Aug 1967 Hullbridge's "The Resident" journal showing Mr Townsend working as a Central Keating Engineer from the premises.


Around 1968 the shop was renamed Kellies Tobacconist-Newsagent-Confectioners

Advert in Local Review Newspaper 1968 saying Kellie's Newsagent -
								Stationers- Confectioners Morning and Evening Newspapers
								265 Ferry Road, Hullbridge We deliver newspapers.

Shorters ?

Caroline Parsons posted on HMH Facebook 23/2/14 "I used to work there on Saturdays and Sundays when Dave and Pam Shorter ran it. Must be 25 years ago now. My first ever job."

Some time in 19? the shops were closed and converted into houses. It can be seen in the recent photo of the building that a column of bricks divided the two shops. Either side of this column was the shops entrances and each shop front had one large window. The flats above the shops were the residences of the owners.

Acknowledgement is made to the following contributions that this history was compiled from:-