The building of Marymead Shopping Centre in Broadwater Crescent was completed in 1957. Building of the neighbourhood of Broadwater began in 1953, so the residents had quite a wait for their local shops to be completed!
After much protest, temporary shops were set up in the ground floor of the houses 299 to 309 Broadwater Crescent. There was also a Co-op caravan situated opposite, and some local traders came round regularly in vans to deliver goods to the residents. When the new shopping centre opened in 1957, the 6 temporary shops moved into new shops in the shopping centre and the houses were returned to their original use.
Do you remember the temporary shops? Can you tell us what they were?