26 East Sreet, Bridport, Dorset.

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I see estate agents Palmer Snell have moved their Bridport office just down the road to the premises vacated by their sister company Fulfords. This leaves 26 East Street, Bridport empty which set me thinking about the 1970s when Wilfred Snook occupied this shop.

Wilfred Snook sold brown goods, the generic name for televisions, radios etc because they normally came in brown wooden cabinets. In those days many television shops also sold records and Snooks was no exception, you went through into the back room where there were racks of 12″ LPs and 7″ singles.

Talking about TV shops that also sold records does anyone remember Reg Wards in Axminster or Sweets in North Street, Crewkerne?

Getting back to Bridport when Snooks pulled out of number 26 they passed it on to television rental company Redifusion who were subsequently taken over by Granada TV Rental. The declining television and video recorder rental market led to the Bridport branch of Granada closing down in about 1994. A clothes shop moved in for a short while followed by Palmer Snell who moved from a smaller building directly across the road, next door to what was then Woolworths (now Spar).

 

26 East Street, Bridport. Late 2012

26 East Street, Bridport. Late 2012

 

Granada, 26 East Street, Bridport in 1994

Granada, 26 East Street, Bridport in 1994

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