Category Archives: Leigh-on-Sea

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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D.H. Stevens, Soft Furnishers, 91-93 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea

Another advert from the July 1967 Essex Countryside.¬† There’s no trace of D.H. Stevens today using Google. However, the second picture below (from Google Streetview) nicely confirms that Leigh Road Supermarket occupies the premises today. The shop front, in particular the windows, looks identical to the D.H. Stevens image. Even the framed white board, to the right of the furthest door looks the same.

D.H. Stevens Furniture Store, Leigh-on-Sea
D.H. Stevens Furniture Store, Leigh-on-Sea
Google Streetview of the D.H. Stevens premises today.
Google Streetview of the D.H. Stevens premises today.

The Streetview image does give us a clue to the premises past – in that the sign above the shop fronts advertises Parker Knoll furniture. The other side of the sign answers the question of the name of the most recent furniture vendor, with the large letters “LILLY” down the centre. Whether Lilly took over from D.H. Stevens, or whether there was an intermediate store on the premises, I do not yet know. Maybe the stack of Essex Countryside magazines that I have will have the answer.

Addendum: Since posting this on Ros Southend Past¬†Facebook site, I have received the following information from Tony Hall: Lilly’s of Leigh took over the shop direct from Mrs Stevens and only closed in 2008. The convenience store only lasted 1 year max. Mr.Lilly still owns the property.

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