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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

The butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker

I love walking along Bridge Road between Punt Road and Church Street looking at the historical plaques on most of the old buildings. They tell such a story of the history of Richmond. Here is a small selection.
A drapery business (a word rarely used today). A grocer (we don't have many of these now that the supermarket has overtaken the 'corner store').

A bootdealer - now all we have are a myriad of cheap shoes made anywhere but in Australia.
Or Mr Ellis (and perhaps Mrs and the children) living above the shop perhaps insuring all the local businesses.
A corn store - we don't have those anymore. I don't think this was a corn-on-the-cob fast food outlet but I might be wrong!
But the one that tickled my fancy the most today was this one for a painter. I suspect the painter who 'freshened up' the surrounds didn't read the plaque or he/she might have been a little more careful not to slop paint all around the edges. 

This walk is a fascinating one and well worth taking your eyes off the shop windows selling all manner of clothing, shoes, underwear and fast food. Perhaps in years to come another plaque will be added stating that The Noodle Shop had also been on the site - but I suspect not!

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