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Market Place- The Card Boutique


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This shop is one half of the large white building overshadowed on this picture by the market cross. At the present day it sells greeting cards and stationery. Before that it was Elaine's hairdressers which left there to move across the High Street to where Balmforth estate agency is now. Previous to being a hair dressers it housed Snushall's fish and chip shop. Oliver Snushall took over this from Parkinson and Hunt who also ran it as a fish shop. In Mr Turner, the fire chief's, log book a fire occurred there on 22nd March 1934. Stiles owned the shop before Parkinson and Hunt. When Mr Snushall owned the fish and chip shop it also incorporated a Coffee and Dreams restaurant. It was said that Mr Grantham who owned the shop next door had to move his chocolate to the opposite side of the shop as the heat from the chip pans tended to melt it. Mr Snushall remembers the day that sweets were not rationed (February 5th 1953) after World War 11. There was a queue to Mr Grantham's shop right to the corner of the Market Place opposite Bussens and Parkin. He sold out of sweets completely by the end of the day. Mrs Sallis remembers her father giving her 10 shillings (50p) to spend and she queued for an hour. Spending 10 shillings on sweets then was like spending £10 now and was a huge treat! Mr Snushall also had mobile fish and chip vans that toured the local villages selling his wares. Mr Frank Jennings from Barton Mills was one of the drivers. Photographs from "Mildenhall in Pictures" - no.3 From Museum photograph collection - 024.

14th Sep 2007


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Key Stage 2

Card Boutique- Elaine- fish and chips- Snushalls-Parkinson and Hunt- Stiles- Grantham- sweet shop.

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