Do you remember the shop?

Roslings/Woolworths: London Road

By Benedict Moll

 
Photo:Woolworths photographed in 2007: now the '99p Shop'

Woolworths photographed in 2007: now the '99p Shop'

Photo by Tony Mould

'Are you being served?'

My godfather Clem Rosling had a department store in the London Road. The site was sold to Woolworths' in the 1960s, and is now occupied by the '99p Shop’. Clem and his wife Kathleen, and Clem's parents lived in a flat on the top floor of the store. There were many stores like this, a bit like 'Are you being served!' I can remember a trip to the toy department downstairs and leaving with a nice toy. I caused a certain amount of envy at school by having an Uncle Clem who owned a toy shop.

A charmer with the ladies

Clem used to spend his day walking around the shop floor greeting customers. Apparently a lot of ladies remember Mr Rosling as being very charming and visited the store to see him. The Rosling family had a plot of land in Patcham which they used to visit after lunch on a Sunday. Clem was in charge of the orchestra at St Bartholomew's Church just behind the London Road; he liked playing the timpani. He had a shop in Hove for a while, before he retired to Fox Hill Village, then Spalding and finally Bexhill in Sussex.

Do you remember Roslings? Maybe you met the charming Mr Rosling? Or do you remember the shop as Woolworths? If you can share your memories of the shops, please leave a comment below.

This page was added on 23/06/2013.
Comments about this page

My mother brought me a winter coat from Roslings, it was blue with a velvet collar. It must have been 1959/60 - it was a really nice store.

By Eliza Chessell (28/06/2013)

I remember going to Roslings as a child with my Mother to buy her 'stays' corsets here in the fifties. They were enormous great satin-y pink things with suspenders and whalebone. They had an overhead cash payment system in operation which fascinated me.

By Jackie Thomas/Parker Nee Jones (28/06/2013)

Does anyone have images of Roslings before Woollies to post on this thread?
What about the fire after which the basement was closed off - was this in the early 1980s?  So many bargains so long as you didn't smoke damaged goods :-)

By Motown Mickey (09/01/2014)

As a young boy (I'm now 85) I well remember that it was a bit on the dark side in there but always fascinating because of the wealth of stock 

I was later to set up in business as a haberdasher so something must have rubbed off. I loved watching the vacuum money shuttles .

It exuded all the confidence and quality of the 19th century shop.This shop , Mence Smiths, International Stores, Maples, Home & Colonial, and of course Woolworths are sadly missed.

By John O Beard (25/12/2016)

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