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Robsons – The Corset Shop, 279 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea

Corsets? In 1967? Really??

I suppose in all honesty, you can still buy corsets today – its just that I didn’t really imagine corsets to be such a commonplace garment by 1967. For me, the word ‘corset’ mainly conjures up images of 19th century women being laced up into corsets that they could hardly breathe in. Interestingly, unlike a lot of these old adverts/stores, I have found a request online from someone wanting memories and recollections of the place.

As readers of previous posts will know, I like to convert prices where shown into their equivalent prices today. Read on…

Robsons Corset Shop, Westcliff-on-Sea
Robsons Corset Shop, Westcliff-on-Sea
  • 5004: £13.79
  • 5004/4:  £17.32
  • 5073: £19.94
  • 5123: £37.32
  • 5192 (full cup): £44.57
  • 5192 (extra full cup): £53.81
  • Postage & Packing: £1.15

I imagine that in their day, Robsons were selling garments that would cause courting gents to get hot under the collar. Funnily enough, the location now hosts another type of business that can cause raising of temperatures – The Fireplace Trade Centre! The current colour scheme of the outside would, I am sure, suit many of today’s lingerie outlets!

Robsons - The Corset Shop, 279 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea
Robsons – The Corset Shop, 279 London Road, Westcliff-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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