Tony Anderson: Village recollections from the 1950's and 60's.
Roy Arnold was correct in saying that my Brother Jerry and I lived with our parents Arthur
and Connie Anderson at number 13 Eton Wick Rd. They ran the Newsagents,
Tobacconist and Confectioners; there was a barbers shop to the rear. Sadly my
father passed away at his home in Princes Risborough in October 1992 and my
mother a few years later. The other shops on the Parade were Mr Clark's Fish
and Chips, Mr Arnold the Butcher, O'Flaherty the Chemist, Clinch the Baker from
Eton, the Ormond family who ran Darvilles, the grocer from Windsor and Frank
Bond the green grocer.
readers who are still interested and not turned off by my ramblings will be
concerned by the lack of Banks, Estate Agents, Charity Shops, Coffee Shops,
Ladies Hairdressers, and Betting Shops, how did we manage without them.
businesses of note were of course J T Ireland the builder who was a local councillor and county councillor who completed the construction of Tilstone
Close whilst I lived in the village. Bob Bond a haulier and Constructor, Ron
Clibbon who was an accountant lived in Tilstone Close and traded from a shop in
Eton High just a few doors from Gordon Painting's cycle shop. Also of note were
the 3 Pubs, other small general stores and Mr Sibley who was the
alternative newsagent in the village. There was also a Cycle shop operating
from a Garden shed in a house at the end of Alma Road.
I suspect that many older residents will remember my
greatest mark on the village was my painting my half of the semidetached house
no 60 Eton Wick Road which is now 150 years old bright Blue, fortunately the
next inhabitant had a little more taste than I and returned it to White.
I would finally like to pay tribute to both my parents for
their dedication of opening their shop for all those years from 6.00 am to 7.00
pm six and a half days a week for 364 days a year. They were also foremost in
raising funds with many others for the Catholic Church. Prior to this Mass
would be said on a Sunday in the village hall, but after a plot was designated
by Eton Urban District Council the fund raising was continued in earnest. Once
sufficient Funds had been raised, the Diocese sanctioned loans to be made and
the Church to be built. I am indebted to Theresa Stanton on when it was
finished which was in 1964 and I was married there in January 1966. What a
great pity that it is reported elsewhere that services may end due to various
Please accept my apologies if I have made any errors or omissions as my memory was never that good, as many paper round customers can testify from incorrect deliveries. I do however hope that these recollections jog a few memories.