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.
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.Share: by