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Shop facades have been changed, some shops have amalgamated two into one, an exception is the Ambleside Jewellers and Hannah Robinson's, prior to 1910 these two shops were one, Walton's confectioners, by the time I remember it Walton's had moved across the road to the site of the present Greggs and their shop became Dawson Gill's jewellers and Hunters saddlers. When Waltons had the big property it boasted Japanese Tea Rooms, how avante garde that must have been Dawson Gill had started in Compston Rd then moved to the comer of King St and Kelsick Rd, but the final move to Lake Rd must have been the last.
Many of the shop/keepers were characters, who of the older generation will ever forget Bruce Squires Fishing tackle, souvenirs and postcards sited in Central Buildings. A large gentleman who wore knickerbockers, belt slung low below a big belly and a dickey bow tie, well spoken with a booming voice. He was only polite to customers who were buying fishing tackle and could be very rude to tourists. I remember going in with Bill when he was buying something for fishing, Mr Squires was waxing eloquently on his favourite subject when a poor visitor approached him with a pot ornament in her hand he drew himself to full height and in his best put down voice said "Not for sale" and took it off her, in other words, "Don't interrupt when I am talking fishing".
This is proving to be an interesting study and I am sure will be ongoing. Most of it has come from my personal memory, if anyone reading this knows anything different or can add any information from the past I would like to know. I am interested in the social history of Ambleside