|The Square - Knight Street
thought to be 1964.
||Knight Street - A
North end view.
||Knight Street -
another North view.
||Forrest Stores c.
|Taken from the Square - a very
familiar view looking down Knight Street. Bell Street (to the
left) had already by then been made one way, in fact 'turned'
around, as the original one way was East to West! The date could
be earlier, possibly the late 50's, by the cars in the picture
and the catenary suspended (still pre-war) street light.
Taken from a high window on the West side of the road. The
George IV public house is in the distance. The Austin A40 car
(bottom of the picture) suggests the early 60's again.
1968 view in Mid Summer. Still the absence of cars!
very well known grocery store in Knight Street. In the 30's,
40's and 50's Sidney Parmeter was the Manager who lived 'on the
premises', in fact in the house next door (to the left of the
store) and George Turner was the actual shop manager. Forrest
Stores had two stores - one in Sawbridgeworth and another at
Shere in Surrey. The store had a cash office and there was a Cup
& Wire system to carry cash back and forth!
|Knight Street - Carnival Day
elsewhere on this Web Site, the Sawbridgeworth Carnival was
traditionally held on the Whitsun Bank Holiday Monday each year.
|The Square - Looking South c.
||Bell Street c. 1965
||Station Road c 1968.
||The Railway Station 1970's.
|The iron mongers
Charles Riches Ltd. was another very well known business in the
area. Started by Charles, who with his family lived in the house
to the right of the shop. This was a very prosperous business
after the 2nd world war and carried an immense stock of tools
and general ironmongery. It was run by two of the brothers
after Charles died - Bert and Tom. They also ran a furniture
shop (opposite) and a crockery and tableware shop in Knight
facing East. W. Cook & Son the greengrocers was a long
established business with a nursery at the back of the original
shop beyond the red ford car. The shop nearest was a later
addition. In the distance can be seen Church Street and beyond
that the Church Yard and the cross of the memorial to both world
wars. Beyond Cooks and beyond The Tuck Shop some alterations are
in hand - probably the changing of what was Filby's 'corn
merchants' to the Lloyds Bank.
|Facing East. The
area with the chestnut fencing around it is probably what was
the old Council Depot and now the plot where the new Fire
Station has been built. In the distance is Dorrington's Bakery
and Shop. The buildings on the right of the picture were at one
time a Newsagent and Dairy but 'now' the nearest seems to be a
photographer with a glass merchant to the rear.
|The view from
the footbridge looking North, towards Bishop's
Stortford. Work on relaying some of the track is in
progress. The station was much diminished in the
60's with the station buildings (wooden) being
completely replaced. The yard to the South of the
level crossing was very busy up to the early 60's
with much activity in conjunction with the major
malting complexes on both sides of the main tracks
plus Walter Lawrence Joinery Works beyond! At the
end of the platform on the right, in Steam Days,
there was a long siding for goods trains that
allowed passenger trains to pass - its path can
still be seen on Google Earth! (Earlier photos of
the Station are on the
|Thomas Rivers Nursery, Garden Centre c 1980
||Knight Street - Looking South.
||Station Road 1960s.
||* Sawbridgeworth Station 1999
|The centre was
operated on the site of the historic nursery site, just off the
High Wych Road but the photograph was taken at the time that the
closing down sale was taking place.
The George IV public house is on the left and the photo is taken
from close to the junction of Station Road.
again but nearer to the junction of London and Cambridge Roads.
The shop on the left is at the junction of Walnut Tree Avenue
and at the time was owned by a Mr. Birch who ran it as Cycle and
photograph taken on the 4th September 1999 of a Steam Excursion
that commenced at Alton in Hampshire on its way to Ely
Cambridgeshire, captured by Martyn Hunt who in his younger days
was brought up in Sawbridgeworth.