East Lane isn't as good as it used to be, but is still the best place for bargains. My family has gone there for generations. My great grandmother used to go every Tuesday, (pension day) Fridays and Sundays after church. It wasn't all good value though - she once bought some tights that turned out to have only one leg!
Does anyone remember the clothes shop near the Walworth Road end where the shopkeeper would stand outside and practically drag you in and sell you stuff you didn't really want - I had a hideous coat bought for me when I was an ungrateful teenager and I was stuck with it for 2 years!
Auntie Pat, I remember that shop very well..as a youngster I went in and spent ALL my £3.5s pay on a beige coat and there was hell to pay because I had not given my Mum her money of £2.00! But I look back and think of all the characters from the market with a fondness now..the old blackcurrant man who sold the hot blackcurrant drink and bloody awful sarsaprilla...not a patch on Baldwins but according to him a hundred times better! the chestnut sellers, the lemon ice man..the taffee man...the man who sold reading glasses...apple fritter man..the little pet shop that in the forties my grand-dad told me was a zoo because it had a monkey in..
and here i go again....
Jan I remember the hot blackcurrant and sarsaparilla stall - it smelt wonderful but we were never allowed to buy a drink there because they used to wash the glasses by just dipping them in hot water and my Nan said that was unhygienic!
When I was a teenager Lower Marsh was the place to buy clothes - we somehow thought it was trendier than the Lane. We always referred to Lower Marsh as "the Cut" - was that a general thing?
Auntie Pat, it was a constant puzzle to me too when my Mum used to call it The Cut, I wondr if as the name suggests there was marshes there and the 'cut' came because the water was shallow enabling you to 'cut' through!
For the rare occasions when we had new clothes Mum had the Provvy man around ( Provident man) and there was a shop in The Cut ..Pecroys where you could buy things with your Provvy cheques!
A shilling interest on every pound you borrowed!
I have a vague recollection of something that I hope someone out there can help with. Back in the early to mid 1950's I seem to remember a pub re-opening in the East Street market vaccinity called 'The Good Intent.' I can only assume that this pub had been closed down for some time and I can remember my parent's and grandparents arranging to go to this re-opening and I'm sure I went with them. (I probably stood outside with a lemonade and a bag of crisps as per usual!)My memoery may be playing tricks, but I think my grandfather said that was the pub where he had the sad job of meeting up with his best friend's family when he came home after the first world war and discribing how, when right beside him, this friend was killed going 'over the top.' Was there such a pub and if so where? Is it still standing? I surely could not have imagined all of this.
Rambling Phil. It may be in SE1 but was not really used by the people in the area I lived. I used to work in Stamford Street in the 80s and used the market and there was nothing happening down there. East Street was a much larger market and in my opinion is not being helped by any of the new money people that have moved into SE1 and I would like to understand why? Its real not fake like the Borough market!