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Information from Alan Ward
Hugh Ward & Son

The shop at 196
From a postcard c1910
196 with dairy behind, and 194 - a tin roofed building to the right, that was Hugh Ward's in 1940
In the 1950s -  Fred Hales proprietor
196 when Fred Hales was proprietor and Mr Ward's now with a flat roof and new shop front (constructed
by his brother-in-law Harry Cave) adjoining right c1950
My parents, Hugh Leslie Ward and Ada (nee Cave), set up a shoe repair business at 19 Combermere Road, Stockwell, London, together with another shop and repair factory in Cockfosters, North London, and pick up points across the city.

Due to World War II my mother, my brother, and I were sent back to Rushden in September 1940. My parents kept the Enfield site for many years, servicing it from Rushden every Saturday using an old Ford 8 Van.

My parents then purchased 194 Wellingborough Road, Rushden (now 'One Stop' store) together with 196 which was rented to Fred Hales the greengrocer.

The main repair facility was 1A Brookfield Road (still standing today), and they employed two men, Freddie, an Italian, and Tommy who came from Higham Ferrers.

My father with his brother Stanley Ward then branched out and set up pick points in Sharnbrook and Clapham, with another shop at 141 Castle Road, Bedford. The Castle Road shop (managed by Mr Savage, who lived in the flat over the shop with his wife), was sold in about 1976 to the chemist next door.

They also made spiked running shoes for Lillywhites of London and specialist cycling shoes for a Mr. Lawrence of Stanwick.


Advertising pencils - Hugh Ward & Son, High-Class Shoe Repairers and
Sports Shoe Specialists, 194 Wellingborough Road, Rushden.

Wartime - Standing left Phil Blunt, centre Hugh Ward

Hugh Ward with his
swimming medals

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