|Joseph Haynes at the shop, which is in his wife, Clara's, name.|
Having swept all aside in the post second world war period, the major supermarkets are today beginning to appreciate the value which customers once placed on the corner shop, as mini versions of the big stores once more come closer to where people actually live.
|The premises today.|
It seems that Mr Haynes' shop consisted of the main shop window section of two storeys, with the family living accommodation to the right, where can be seen part of the bay window. At some point the side garden was brought into use for a single storey extension to the shop, although there was very little depth to this section, the plot boundary being steeply angled. The quality of the building work connecting the extension to the main shop was, perhaps, not brilliant!
Shortly before WW2, the St Albans Co-operative Society secured the purchase of the space to the left of the shop – we can see a workshop on the site, as its owner, Mr J Mann was a coach builder here. The Society built twin shops on the plot. On the right, next to Mr Haynes, was a butchery; on the left was the Society's grocery. Interestingly, the butchery's address was 44 Camp View Road, while the grocery became 2 Cambridge Road. There were two doors from a single entrance.
|Next door arrived the Co-op!|
BUT – and this was significant – this was the time when Co-op shops became more popular. It was also a critical time for retailing of all types. For a time Mr Haynes' shop was taken over by Mr G Price. But to have two small general shops next to each other was competitively challenging, and one trader had to give way.
Today the street frontage looks very different. Two properties have been made out of the accommodation, and in order to provide separate entrances the bay window is replaced by a door. Would we now know whether there was ever a shop here? Well, the clue is in that fascia.
Note: there were other shops in and around Cambridge Road, for which we have regrettably seen no photographic record. Perhaps there is the odd picture around; if you have one, do please contact email@example.com