Shopping in 1945
I do appreciate all the hard work you put into producing 'Barrow Voice'. It certainly
goes from strength to strength.
The article from Kevon Thompson on village shopping in 1945 was particularly
meaningful to me as I arrived in Barrow in April of that year. George Hill of 'George
Hill Wines' fame had bought the grocery shop on South Street next to the Bishop
Blaize pub from Mr Casterton. My father, Frank Wilford was asked to manage the shop
for him, so that was how my mother Min, my two brothers, Barry and John, and myself
came to live in the house next to the shop.
We have seen many changes since then but continue to believe, with the help and
goodwill of the many more villagers now, that we will be able to keep alive the heart of
Just as an aside, can I say that on the map if the newsagent is under Arthur Grant, then
Percy Casterton Grocer should be replaced by George Hill Grocer as we came to the
village a few months before the Grant family - ask Colin!
Let's keep the shops we have left by supporting them and buying from them.
Ann Childs, ne้ Wilford
As we grow older, we suddenly realise
how many kind and helpful friends we
have. Just to mention a few, we refer to
the personnel at the local chemists, the
Health Centre, Somerfield and the
We thank you all for the help you give us.
Olive and Dennis Fox
I am collecting data on the
circumstances leading to and the
details of the closure of the church. I
am particularly interested in the
dispersal of artifacts - vestments, altarware
etc., but any interesting details
would be welcome.
Please contact Bernard Sherratt on
01509 812052 or by e-mail:
Many thanks for your help.