I daresay this is a trade that many would nowadays like forgotten – but this is an advert from 1967, showing that the practise was still alive and well back then (unlike the fur donors).
I’d not heard of musquash, though it seems it is another name for the muskrat. Disgusting to think that so many animals had to die for just one coat of vanity. The summer storage aspect is intriguing nonetheless. Was this to save storage space at home, or to prevent insect infestations during the warmer weather?
Nowadays, the property is home to an accountancy firm. Judging by the 0702 phone number in the window, they have been there for some time.
What I also found interesting though, was mention of this being opposite Howards Dairies. My mother used to work for Howards Dairies, and her father for Unigate (and maybe Howards before that). But in all the time I’d been up in that part of the London Road, I never made the connection that Howards was there. Delving deep into the depths of memory, on my trips to the old double width Maplin Electronics store that was across the road (and the single one before that), all I can muster is advertising billboards where Howards Court stands today. If you have any memories of when the dairy itself was demolished, please leave a comment.