Dents Corner, Devon Road, Stowupland
By 2021 Dent’s Corner remains merely as a name on a bus route . This photo and more details can be found in ‘Serving Through the Years’ by Cowling and Williams. To the left of the photo is Little China, a Chinese takeaway which serves as a reminder of this 1960’s and 70’s parade of Stowupland Shops.
Before Little China the site was a Cafe that hoped to get truck trade from the A14. Apparently it was not successful. Below the takeaway are the remains of a WW2 bomb shelter which has been filled in. Behind the site a large field was used for cycle speedway.
Dent’s Newsagents. Pam Dent took the shop over from Mr Leonard (Tubby) Seaman. He sold ‘papers, fruit/veg and almost anything’. he also had a paper shop in stowupland Street.
( Len and George Wilden were step brothers, see below. Mrs Seaman was George Wilden’s mother). To reach the newsagents section it was first necessary to walk through a ‘Spar shop’.
Upland’s Wool Shop – Peggy Clark
Jennie’s Hair Salon – Jennifer Salmon’s first salon was on the forecourt where the Co-op shop and petrol station are now. She moved to Devon Road in 1972, staying there for 6 years. She bought nos 1 & 3 Devon Road, living in No 1 with her salon on the ground floor of No3. Before becoming a hair salon George Wilden had a photo and printing business next to Seaman’s.
Jenny Salmon closed her hairdressers in in 1978. There was an association with an Annette and Orla Browne. Ear Piercing were also carried out.
In September 1978 planning permission was sought to change Spencer’s (the butcher’s) to a hairdressers and retaining the first floor flat.