The 1970 Abingdon Whos’ Who and Directory has an advert for Masons at 39 Stert Street and 20 Bath Street. The tagline is ‘Shops you will enjoy visiting ……..’
39 Stert Street is still Masons wool shop in 2020,
20 Bath Street is still Masons material shop in 2020.
They must be shops people still enjoy visiting.
Coxeters was founded in 1836 by Charles Coxeter who was an ironmonger, also selling furniture, bicycles and other household items.
The 1970 Abingdon Whos’ Who and Directory has an advert for Coxeters – Abingdon’s Departmental Store. The blue building was new then. They wanted local people to ‘TRY ABINGDON FIRST’.
Here is the same view today with the Results gym upstairs, and the kitchen showroom and workwear outlet downstairs.
The sign now says Coxeter House and has done since 1984. Coxeters let this large blue building, and the other buildings around the car park at Tannery Court, to a variety of businesses.
The businesses at Coxeter House change and the sign writers are kept busy moving signs at the back.
Wells Stores has been at Peachcroft Farm for over twenty years. Before that Wells Stores was in Stert Street.
I met Jim on the way home today and he remembered the Stert Street store. He remembered the smell of all those cheeses, and the interesting groceries you didn’t see in other shops.
Now to get to Wells Store you pass hundreds of turkeys in a field on one side. There is an allotment, looked after by the grow your own vegetables community group, and a craft shop. Beyond that are the barns and farm buildings.
I walked round the fruit and vegetables in the farm shop and put some tomatoes and plums in brown paper bags.
The Wells Farm Shop cheese cooler cabinet has a selection of cheddars and other British Cheeses direct from the makers.
As you wait on the social distance markers, there are a range of interesting cakes, crackers and chutneys and homemade jams. There are also salads and quiches and pastries in the second cooler cabinet.
Jim also said that, before Stert Street, Wells Stores had been a village shop in Streatley. Wells Farm Shop has more of their interesting history.