265 Ferry Road, Hullbridge
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 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
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:-