Bedwell Shopping Centre

By Simon Mortimer

Bedwell Shopping Centre c.1960
Stevenage Museum P9161
This page was added on 07/01/2011.

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  • I grew up in Bedwell. We lived at 28, Meadow Way from 1955-1962, when we moved to the Old Town. Mum and Dad were Lily and Roy Aspland. Dad was a bricklayer, Mum worked at the supermarket in Bedwell shops during the winter when Dad was out of work. Bert Lowe lived in the same street; Dad and Bert worked on the building sites together. All the kids went to Bedwell School. Joan Miller was a neighbour. I was Linda Aspland, now Linda Zumm, and I live in Canada.

    By LINDA Aspland ZUMM (01/08/2021)
  • Liz Ballard
    Yes that would be the same Nigel Pinder lol

    By Nigel pinder (29/03/2021)
  • I lived in Ramsdell and had to go to the shops most day and I remember sitting outside the Game keeper asking penny for the guys. Going into the little community centre on a Saturday morning to watch cartoons. Loved all the little privately owned shops and asking Mr Row [Rowe. Ed.] from the chippy for the batter bits scraps.(1967 through to 1985) still have Bedwell in my hart .

    By M Williamson (29/12/2020)
  • My Dad, Richard (Dick) Dayton, was the Manager of the Fine Fare grocery shop at Bedwell Crescent for a number of years, and I was his ‘Saturday Girl’ there for quite a time. We moved to Stevenage from East Ham in 1956 after he got a job with C H Kaye, family grocery shop, which later sold out to Fine Fare. He was also the Manager of the Rockingham Way and Burwell Road shops in Stevenage

    By Maureen Browning (nee Dayton) (29/12/2019)
  • I wounder if it’s the same Nigel pinder from bedwell that spent cold nights hanging out at the lakes , as well as the laundertte .A bowie Fan remember ?!!!. X & cockney Rebel comes to mind .x

    By Liz Ballard (15/01/2019)
  • The barbers name was Tony, little Maltese fella, I can still picture his face!

    By Mick Friggieri (05/01/2019)
  • Cox’s was the butchers. Frank the butcher and my friend and I at 14/15 had a terrible crush on the young trainee ‘Fred’. Those were the days.

    By Jennie Taggart ( Garratty) (16/07/2018)
  • Valerie Webb…do you still live in Exchange Rd…my name is Jennie Plane

    By Jennie plane (25/04/2018)
  • The barber always put a plank on the chair arms for me to sit on while he cut my hair, I hated it. The Gamekeeper off-licence served kids with bottles of beer for their dad’s and penny packets of peanuts.

    By Keith Higgins (28/01/2018)
  • Leslie Faulkner was in my Junior School at Ashtree! Happy days

    By Pat Grogan (27/10/2017)
  • The Greengrocer was called Faulkners, Leslie Faulkner was in my class at Bedwell School, 

    By Keith Allan (16/03/2016)
  • I remember the launderette, it was somewhere to go on those cold nights

    By Nigel pinder (07/04/2015)
  • dont forget the launderette…

    By Helen Mizon (28/10/2014)
  • I lived in Bedwell from 1952 and I was trying to remember all the shops that have been there. Co-op, Hardware, Electrical, Butcher, chemist, Shoe shop, Green grocers, Hairdressers and barber (good place to put a bet on) fish and chips and dont forget Cowleys, with the post office and the Cig machines outside. Hows your memory Valerie.

    By Roy Hooper (19/07/2013)
  • Could this be the only area of Stevenage that effectively got ‘de-pedestrianised’?

    By Tim G (16/07/2013)
  • On Sundays at the shops we always watched the morris dancers. The shops were Fine-Fare, diy shop, fish shop(still the best in Stevenage), butchers, greengrocers, hairdressers and shoe shop and the pub was called the Gamekeeper.

    By valerie webb (05/06/2013)