Preston Village

Photo circa 1890

Text by John Blackwell, 14-05-03

This old photograph dates from about 1890 but a little survives today. The roof line of the Crown and Anchor pub with the two dormer windows can be made out at the southern end of the line buildings and two of the shops, with the bay windows, are today a newsagents and dry cleaners, the third having been rebuilt is an off-licence. The buildings in between were demolished and replaced with the present shops in 1894, according to the date on the gable. At the same time the houses nearest the camera were demolished to form the opening for Lauriston Road and another parade of shops. These were bombed during the War and Caffyns car showrooms now occupies their site.

Photo:Preston Village, ca 1890

Preston Village, ca 1890

Photo from a private collection

This page was added on 22/03/2006.
Comments about this page
I lived at 13 Lauriston Road from 1932 (age 4) to 1943 and was there when the bombs destroyed the shops. This is an amazing photograph. In my day the grocer's shop at the bottom of Lauriston Road was named Graveleys and next door was the butcher (Watkins) - then a greengrocer's - then Braybons the builders, then a drapers shop run by two elderly twin sisters. What memories....many thanks.
By Peter Youdale (14/02/2005)

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