Monday 30 January 2023

Photographic History of Eton Wick and Eton - Businesses - Thames View Stores

Mr Barron in front of Thames View Stores

Thames View Stores in the 1970s. John Barron, the proprietor, pictured outside, possibly just off on a delivery run. Originally one of a pair of semi-detached houses known as Wellmans Cottages. It became a retail outlet in 1910 when William Hearn sold saddlery and harness, etc. 

After Barron's grocery stores closed it became an aquarium and pond shop, finally reverting to a private house in 1994. The opening of the new shopping parade in 1951, and later the superstores in Windsor and Slough brought out the decline of the village's small family run shops. 

This article was first published in A Pictorial History of Eton Wick & Eton.


  1. Slight omission. After The Barrons sold up, the shop became a Londis Store run by Terry and Yvonne from Ascot for a few years before they retired to the Isle of Man and was acquired by a Mr Gomez who converted the shop to the aquarium shop around 1977/8

    1. Thanks Martin for pointing this out. I had a village store in West Sussex between 1989 and 2011 and traded under the Londis fascia for 10 years.

  2. Going into Barron's shop after school to buy broken biscuits or Smiths Crisps with the small blue twisted pack of salt (or not) was a different experience from Andersons or Darville's.

  3. I remember collecting PG Tips cards. Mr Barron had swaps so you could take in cards that you had already got and swap

  4. I remember going into Mr Barrons store to swap my duplicate PG tips cards to try to complete a set