Weston's Grocery Store
102 Southdown Road, Harpenden
Bertie Weston, my Grandad, was born in 1888 and was one of twelve children, eleven boys and one girl. He leaves school at 13 and works at one of the Village Grocery stores as an assistant and delivery boy. On his return from France in 1919, he opens his own grocer’s shop at 102 Southdown Road. The shop is Weston’s grocers next to the Ogglesby garage at the foot of Walkers’ Road. It is here in the spacious rooms on the first and second floor that my mother grows up.
At the side of the shop is a passageway which leads to their rear garden and also gives access to the back gardens of the cottages known as Providence Place, the fronts of which face the green area also known as the Triangle (another Triangle is near Harpenden common) but one which separates Walkers Road from Southdown Road. One cottage in Providence Place houses the Pearce family. Nan Pearce and my mother, Rene Weston, grow up together and are best friends.
During the Second World War, my grandfather was an ARP Warden and my grandparents also had two evacuees staying with them. My mother returned to live with them in the flat over the shop after my father was called up in early 1940.
I remember being in Grandad’s shop where he sold broken biscuits by weight as well as other foodstuffs.