Hydean Way Shopping Centre c.1960

By Simon Mortimer

Hydean Way Shopping Centre c.1960
Stevenage Museum P9164
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  • My family moved to Hadwell close in 1955. I was 4.

    I remember when the shops were being built. I was about 8 years old, we used to play with the bricks on the site, building camps with them.

    I went to Peartree infant and junior school and then Barnwell secondary modern.

    Stevenage was a wonderful place to grow up in, we loved the fields and wide open spaces.

    I remember the queen coming along Valley way and we were all cheering.

    By Patricia Cripps (20/11/2022)
  • My family moved into Shephall Way in May 1958. That was before the Hyde and Peartree shops were built and we walked through woods and fields to Roebuck shops as they were the nearest then, a lot of the town had yet to be built.
    I attended Bandley Hill Infants and then Ashtree Juniors from 1961 (its first year).

    By Neil Prentice (06/03/2019)
  • We always knew this as Peartree shops (FWIW)

    By David Jackson (18/08/2017)
  • This needs to be renamed ’The Peartree Shops’ as it is opposite the ‘The Peartree Pub’. Hydean way shopping centre was at the other end of the road, known as the ‘The Hyde’.

    By Laurence Baker (04/12/2013)
  • Commonly known as Peartree shops, this shopping centre is in Hydean Way but is not The Hyde. The Hyde is at the other end of Hydean Way and has always been known as The Hyde.

    By Editor (04/12/2013)
  • Hydean Way Shopping Centre. Was this place also known as the Hyde?

    By Gillian Lewis (02/12/2013)
  • Kings the ironmongers and the Home and Colonial.

    By Paul (11/09/2013)
  • i remember as a 4 year old waiting outside the shops with my sister in a pram for mum, a safer time for everyone.The midwife lived near the Hyde, her front door was purple ( mum told me this story), the purple door became a focal point for such a young girl. happy days

    By deborah doherty (08/09/2013)