hi. was there a wrensons on aston rd,corner of phillips st. i used to go in there for mom.it smelled like bacon all the time
Hihi. was there a wrensons on aston rd,corner of phillips st. i used to go in there for mom.it smelled like bacon all the time
Mr Tomelty was the manager of our local branch of Wrensons on Broad St , those lovely smells of coffee , cold meats , the zipwire for the change . Mr Tomelty's day to day wear was a grey cow gown with a black and white vertical striped apron , those indeed were the days when the boss got hands on as well as his staff . Plus the fact he was a devout Roman CatholicHi
I loved the aroma that permeated the air in Wrensons. Masons had the same aroma too. I used go with my Nan to the shop on Kings Road / Finchley Road Kingstanding. Sugar would be weighed and put into a dark blue paper bag.
Such happy memories of being with my Nan, she was so lovely!
HiLyn, not only was there a danger with the meat slicer the bacon sides had to be boned using very sharp knives!!! I spent a couple of months with Wrenson, a fill in job until the one I was interested arose. At the tender age of sixteen I was not allowed to be involved in the bacon preparation process, but someone who worked there did manage to cut himself - not sure how badly, but it did mean a hospital trip. Interestingly the next time I met him, two or three months later, he was conductor on the BCT so he did not stay with Wrenson very long either. It was an enjoyable place to work but sadly for Wrenson my mind was focused on science.
Those were the days, in the early 1950's when those who found there was more week than money and could ask for smaller quantities of things as most things were measured by weight then. It was also useful for those living alone who did not want large quantities particularly as most folk, at that time, did not have refrigerators - let alone even heard of a freezer.
Wrappings, what little there was, were mostly recycled, one way or another. Cartons could light fires, sugar bags were used at schools making small objects, paper bags were re-used to hold things that were needed in future but had to be kept in something that could be written upon, thus announcing the contents. There was not the waste of this century and the last trimestre of the 20th.
That corner shop (168 Gravelly Lane) was Tower Cycles when I got my Raleigh Blue Streak there on my 16th birthday in 1964. On Facebook ('Erdington Massives' page) I have this weekend been enquiring about No 181 opposite, on the corner of Oliver Road by the (now gone) phonebox, which is now a pizza shop but in the 1950s was Mr Conde's grocery shop. I would be interested in any images of it from that time (1950s into early 1960s). I recall he had a large woodframed estate car (or 'station wagon' or 'shooting brake') and I am interested to know what model that was. He kept it in a garage behind the shop (accessed via a rear driveway off Oliver Rd). Another local resident around the corner in Dean Road (Mr Tewson) apparently had a similar 'woodie' (a green one), though I don't recall seeing that despite living opposite!.
Hi...its an old post, but here goes:Another firm, i think it might have been Fine Fare, gave Pink stamps (I think they were S & H pink stamps, whatever that stood for)