|Trumpington Local History Group
Anstey Way Shops
The row of shops in
Anstey Way (The
Parade) was planned
in the 1940s and built
by the council in the
1950s. This article
traces the history of
the shops to 2012. It
is one of a series
about traders, based
on a presentation
given at a Group
meeting on 11
|The shops in The Parade, Anstey Way, 14
November 2012. Andrew Roberts.
The Anstey Way shops 1-6 are first recorded in photographs in the Cambridgeshire Collection
in June 1956. The shops had uniform lettering above them; F.W. Truelove, G.A. Fuller, B.D.H.
Smith, a shrouded front, the Cooperative Society and Ward, Cox and Son. These newsagents,
fishmongers, greengrocers, butchers and bakers supplied all the basic needs of the locals.
|The Anstey Way shops,
While preparing this paper, many local residents were asked about the shops and the people
working in them, and gave many conflicting stories! Returning to the Cambridgeshire Collection
and searching the Kelly's directories, I compiled a good record of who worked where and when.
The gaps were filled by searching the Yellow Pages.
Many people remember Bert and Ian Truelove having a newsagents' in the High Street, where
the Granite Kitchen shop is now. When the new parade of shop opened however, the Trueloves
were proudly at No. 1. And there they stayed for almost 30 years! Peter Dawson remembered
that Trueloves' was a great meeting place. In the Cambridge News, in a report on Bert`s award
of the OBE, he was described as "bubbly Bert". When he and his wife Brenda retired, the shop
continued to trade as a newsagents; Balfour News for 15 years. Balfour's sold a few groceries
and drinks, and had an alcove selling Chinese spices.
Within 4 years, the fishmonger, at No. 2, was replaced by Mrs Campbell's hardware shop, which
traded for 28 years until Mrs Campbell retired to be nearer her married daughter. Hiltrud Hall
remembered that Mrs Campbell was a Danish nurse, who came to England after the war,
working with refugees. She met her husband here, who was a professional footballer. She ran
her fantastic hardware shop for many years and lived with her family (she had one daughter) in
one of the flats above the shop. Mrs Campbell eventually sold her flat above the shop (after
being burgled twice) and moved to Huntingdon. It was Roger Rayner, who bought Mrs
Campbell's hardware shop.
Number 3 was a greengrocer under firstly B.D.H. Smith (5 years), secondly P.J. Kent (also 5
years), thirdly S.A. Brown (3 years), fourthly L. Anderson (at least 3 years). He was followed
by Roger Rayner (11 years). When Mrs Campbell's at no 2 became vacant, Roger Rayner took
it over to extend his shop at no. 3, to include frozen goods. Peter Dawson said that Roger
Rayner`s shop was always something of a social club where local gossip was exchanged. Roger
sourced much of his produce locally but also drove his van to Covent Garden at some unearthly
hour in the early morning most days to buy stock. Peter remembers the clutter at the back of the
shop in the cul-de-sac where he used a garage for storage.
In Kelly's Directories and the Yellow Pages, the shrouded premises at no. 4 appear to be a
doctor's practice. Drs Webb, Simpson, Townley & Erskin were joined by Dr Bunn in 1959, Dr
Hoskin in 1964 and Drs Alterton and Pullen in 1970. In 1974 this shop was converted into a
hairdressers', when the Doctors' Surgery at 12 Anstey Way began. There was another doctor's
surgery was in the house on the High Street now used by Home Affairs. Shirley Brown assumed
the reason for moving to Anstey Way was that the High Street house was sold. Since 1974 there
have been hairdressers here; Denise's (8 years), Angela's (7 years), Hayley and Stella's (16
years) and now VIP Haircutters.
At No. 5 there were butchers for 45 years! Shirley Brown wrote that the Co-op butcher was a
very pleasant man called Mr Brown who was a talented artist. His replacement was dreadful.
There were so many complaints and a reduction in trade that the Co-op decided to close the
shop. In 1989 Barry Searle extended his Sawston butchers shop to include Trumpington, where
they stayed until 2001. Peter Dawson has a memory of Yvonne Pryor working in the butcher`s
shop incessantly washing her hands between serving red meats and other foods.
No. 6 has always been a bakers; Ward Cox and Son (6 years), Tylers' (almost 30 years) and
The Bun Shop, which the Yellow Pages indicate had added the Post Office to its services since
|The Anstey Way
shops in 2000. Ken
Big changes were about to take place around the time of Waitrose's go ahead. May 1999;
No. 1, Balfour News, sold to the Coop Welcome, a convenience store. This only lasted 4 years
and then it was briefly a Fast Shop general store. So Fast it appears to have lasted 2 years,
closing on 1 October 2011! Neither appeared to be able to compete with Waitrose. Eventually
the shop did not sell papers at all. For a short period from June 2012 to early 2013, it became a
bike shop, 'Pedalberg!'
At No. 2 and 3, there were changes, because Waitrose also sold frozen goods, fruit and
vegetables. Hiltrud Hall said that Roger Rayner left when Waitrose came, very much to the local
residents' regret. He and his shop were very much missed. For three years it became a Fish and
Chip shop before it branched out to become a Chinese take away and Fish and Chip shop.
No. 4 hairdressers was unaffected by Waitrose, although it has changed hands.
No. 5 had always been a butchers shop. Barry Searle held out valiantly but could not compete
with Waitrose's diversity and prices. In 2001 he was no longer listed here. He went back to
Sawston. The premises have been a florists' since then.
No. 6 has continued to operate as a bakers'. Since it incorporates the local Post Office and
makes fresh sandwiches to order, it offers the locals services that Waitrose cannot!
|Pedalberg (cycle shop), The Parade, Anstey Way, 14 November 2012. Andrew Roberts.
|The Pagoda & Golden Fish (Chinese take away and fish & chip shop), The Parade,
Anstey Way, 14 November 2012. Andrew Roberts.
|VIP Hair Cutters (hairdresser), The Parade, Anstey Way, 14 November 2012. Andrew
|Radhika Flowers (florist) and the Post Office/The Bun Shop, The Parade, Anstey Way,
14 November 2012. Andrew Roberts.
|Radhika Flowers (florist), The Parade, Anstey Way, 14 November 2012. Andrew
|The Post Office/The Bun Shop, The Parade, Anstey Way, 14 November 2012. Andrew
|Post office bike outside the Post Office, The Parade, Anstey Way, 14 November 2012.