St Chads Road

Shops shown on an old postcard

By Daniel Ryan

Photo:St Chads Road

St Chads Road

old postcard

In this picture the shops are:

  • BIRDS FISH AND CHIPS
  • BLANDS GROCERIES
  • LEES GREEN  GROCERIES
  • NOT SURE BUT THINK IT WAS A HAIR DRESSERS
  • ALANS BIKE SHOP
  • WILLIAMS PAPER AND SWEETS
  • OFF LICENCE
  • HEARTS BUTCHERS
  • COKES GROCERIES
  • STONE SWEET AND CIGS
This page was added by Daniel Ryan on 01/05/2012.
Comments about this page

Does anyone know which type of car that is in the picture?

By Annie O'Brien
On 09/05/2012

My grandad lives in St Chads Road, Tilbury near the traffic lights.  Unfortunately my nan passed away at the beginning of April.  Recalling memories, my grandad remembers that there used to be a shop called Wades on the other side of the road to his house.  I have seen it mentioned on this site but does anyone have any further information or photographs of the shop so that i can pass these on to my grandad.  Also my nan worked in a post office that was situated in St Chads Road before the houses were built.  does anyone have any information on this as well.  Any information on either would be greatly appreciated.  Many thanks

By Hayley Chaplin
On 24/04/2015

Over the years some of the shops named changed because the nature of the businesses changed.Bill and Steve Byford run a DIY shop there for a while and Prentice had a greengrocery there. There was a garage to the right of Birds fish shop and before the garage I am sure there was a café where we would go and get peas pudding and faggots and the owner was a little obese man. The off licence was run by the Hills family for many years and the other end the Coker sisters had the shop well before food hygiene standards and often their cat would lie in the front window amongst the cakes. Wades was a large grocery shop  standing alone nearer the traffic lights and opposite in a block of 4 shops was Eugene hairdressers, Salmon's hardware, Ballards Post Office and Pearson's Cycle Shop. I do not know what your nan's name was but I remember Bill Cook working there and Rene Beadle. We got to know all the shops in Tilbury especially St Chads Road because this was the only road out of the Docks for the cargo carrying lorries and was used by the military when the soldiers came home after the war and I would often stand there watching them come home and often we were rewarded with coppers or sweets. I am sure that there will be photos of the old shops. Perhaps some of us old folks should set to and place on a plan of Tilbury all the shops as they appeared at the end of the war before redevelopment started  ---- Tilbury looked much different then. Regarding Wades I remember my late uncle Gilbert Gill working there as a boy and a girl Eaton from Southey Walk, this was pre supermarket time

By William (Billy) Gill
On 26/04/2015

Mr Gill, thank you for your comments.  My nan was only a young lady when she worked at the post office.  Her name was Margaret Tidswell (or may have been under the name of Leitte as she was adopted).  She married Bernard Mullins and they then moved to St Chads Road where my grandad still lives.  I will pass on the information to him that you have given and I thank you for giving such detail.  I do think that it is a great idea to get a plan and mark on it such places that were in Tilbury.  Unfortunately a lot has changed and the young generation now are not aware of how nice Tilbury used to be.  If you do find any other information i would gratefully receive it.  Again many thanks for taking the time to answer my question.

By Hayley Chaplin
On 02/05/2015

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