Category Archives: Household

Mrs. Ryan’s Bedroom Shop, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea

The next advert from 1967 has a somewhat odd company behind it. Well, oddly named at least… Mrs. Ryan’s Bedroom Shop. Maybe a lot of shops were named like that in those days?

Mrs Ryan's Bedroom Shop, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea
Mrs Ryan’s Bedroom Shop, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea

The first shop seems too small to be selling beds and the like, being just a single fronted premises. It is now a Coral Betting shop.

Mrs Ryan's Bedroom Shop, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea
Mrs Ryan’s Bedroom Shop, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea

The second store, at 846 London Road appears to now be occupied by Nova Car Sales – though this actually occupies 840-846 London Road. It’s difficult to say whether Mrs Ryan’s Bedroom Shop was in the corner property, as the next shop along (directly across the road) is number 850.

Mrs Ryan's Bedroom Shop, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea
Mrs Ryan’s Bedroom Shop, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea
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Bignells of Westcliff – Lighting & Attractive Shades

This advert from 1967 describes Bignells of Westcliff. I am not sure when that lighting store disappeared – but it does remind me of an intrepid bike ride that I made up the London Road in perhaps 1990, calling into several lighting shops on the way, trying to get hold of a glass lamp ‘shade’ for a candelabra thing my parents had, which had been broken during a party I’d held when they were on holiday. I actually did manage to get a very good replacement – but when I confessed to my sins some years later, my mum told me she hated the lamp anyway, and wouldn’t have cared if it hadn’t been replaced.

Bignells of Westcliff
Bignells of Westcliff

The shop itself is now (or at least was when Google’s Streetview car visited) First National Computers. The design of the building at the top is rather interesting. Another case of me never having noticed until having examined the photos, despite the amount of times that I’ve walked along that stretch of road.

256 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea
256 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea
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The Whirline Rotary Clothes Line

I guess we are all well aware what a rotary clothes line is. I don’t know when they first were invented, but this brand claims it was the original.

This is a July 1967 advert from Essex Countryside, and as with a lot of these old adverts, I find it fun to use an online inflation calculator to work out what such things would have cost back in those days. It helps to counter those comments about how cheap everything apparently was back then.

Using that calculator, the prices now equate to:

  • Standard model – £82.15
  • Supa Standard – £91.00
  • De Luxe – £121.21
  • Major – £137.56
  • Sun Canopy for Major – £137.37

Clearly rotary dryers haven’t held their value in line with inflation.

What’s particularly nice about this advert is that unlike a lot of them, it seems that the advertiser, F.W. Hipkin, is still in business, as a wholesale distribution company supplying plumber’s merchants. I don’t know if F.W. Hipkin actually manufactured these back then, or just supplied them as made by someone else.

Whirline Rotary Clothes Line
Whirline Rotary Clothes Line
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