Village once had many shops

PUBLISHED: 16:29 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:59 10 June 2010

With all the talk of a village shop in East Budleigh - the last two being the Post Office and Mr Hill, who gave us an excellent service with his filling station and shop. Had people patronised the Post Office and Mr Hill, we may still have had these two s

With all the talk of a village shop in East Budleigh - the last two being the Post Office and Mr Hill, who gave us an excellent service with his filling station and shop. Had people patronised the Post Office and Mr Hill, we may still have had these two shops. At one time we had 15 various shops and you knew everyone, from the top of the village to the bottom.They all made a living. Also Elsie Bamsey and Sam Miller from Woodbury used to come to the village with paraffin, oil lamps, wicks and many other items. The population was under 900 people and the late Rt Hon Lord Clinton was the largest employer with the farm employing yard men, horsemen, plough men and shepherds. It was a really happy little village.The only way is for a husband and wife to start a shop at a cost of more than £5,000. People come into the village and, before the paint is dry on their front door, have more to say than those who have been here a lifetime. Those of us who have been here for three-quarters of a century know more of the village attributes than they will ever know.Let the people who talk about a shop put their money there.Frank FarrEast BudleighSHOP MEMORIESAs a family, during the War in the 1940s, we lived in East Budleigh.I can remember my mother having the groceries delivered and a list was ready for the following week's supplies.If we went shopping into Budleigh Salterton (my mother and two sisters) we would go into the stores and I can remember Mr Perriam (senior) would take us into the back of the shop and give us a chocolate bourbon or custard cream.We were always served from behind the counter. No self-service.We were fascinated to see the money put in special boxes attached to a line and pulled across the shop to reach the cashier.Margaret Marker (nee Snell)25 Mount Pleasant AvenueExmouth

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