This is the first of a series that I will be posting about Holloway Road, my local high street.
In the Edwardian period, the days of Mr Pooter, the road was lined with beautiful shops packed and covered with items for sale. Many of these were ironmongers' shops (where Mr Pooter may have bought the red enamel for his washstand and bath) but they also sold all kinds of everything, as these two pictures of Pugh Bros at No. 95-97 clearly show. I am not sure which of the two old pictures is older, there may only be a year between them but, even so, the signs indicate that you could buy all sorts of everything at Pugh's – it was like a mini B&Q – gas fittings, lanterns, ladders, lamps, tyres, wheels and more. You could even get your bicycle repaired there.
Below you can see the huge change today – The Wig and Gown pub now occupies the same space.