A Walk around Hemel
The High Street
High Street, Hemel Hempstead
Publisher: Hartmann 3979/4
Date: circa 1903
Turn Right across the market Square to visit St Mary's Church
Hemel Hempstead High Street
On the other side of the road one can see the Town Hall, with the Corn Market beyond.
... The thing I remember about the Home and Colonial Stores next door was the butter. It was served up using wooden butter pats to the quantity required. They could also make butter balls and they used carved wooden moulds to impress pictures onto the butter they sold.
Buddie Oatway was one of my school friends from Oakley Lodge School, and her father, Alfred, was the watchmaker whose shop adjoined the archway that opened onto the King's Arms yard, All the way along this side of the High Street there were archways to the courts behind. ... Mr Allison owned the King's Arms and his daughter played the piano at the Princess Theatre for the silent films. [Mr Allison was managing director of the Princess Theatre.] The boot boy at the King's Arms was not very clever and was called Shaver.
Hilton's shoe shop came next and after a few more shops there was the Bell Inn ...
Bertha Reynolds nee Locke remembers in The London Gunners come to Town.
A detailed look at the shop fronts provides more information. Behind the young man on the right one can see the bay windows on the ground floor of the King's Arms. A placard is leaning against the wall. This is probably advertising the current show at the Princess Theatre - which only opened in 1912 - suggesting the photograph is no earlier than this date.
There are shoes strung up in front of Hilton's shop with prices between 1s 11d and 5s 11d a pair.
Outside Pelling's there are some thigh length leather boots, some heavy duty trunks and cases, and a saddle.
Continue into the Lower End of the High Street and the Broadway
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Page updated July 2008