Mrs Thurley's Sweet Shop
Mrs Thurley ran a sweet shop and tobacconist from a wooden hut in West Way (formerly known as Kneesworth Road) in the 1940’s and 1950’s.
“The shop at the top of West Way was run by Mrs Thurley who lived at Number 1. She used to sell sweets, chocolate, lemonade and Tizer, also cigarettes and tobacco. It was very handy as we lived outside the village.“
The hut can still be seen on ground near West Way.
Daphne Pepper also remembers Mrs Thurley’s sweet shop. Click on the ‘play’ button on the audio bar at the top of this page to hear Daphne talking about it.
Mrs Thurley lived in the first house at West Way and she used to have a little sweet shop opposite. There was a gateway there that led into Norman’s field. He used to let her have a piece of the field and she used to have a sweet shop. When you wanted anything you used to go and knock at her door and she used to come over and serve you. She did have other things as well; I mean butter and things like that which she had in the house but the little place over the field was definitely for sweets. It was like a little wooden shed with steps up to it and it was there for a long time. In those days you could leave everything in that shed overnight as I don’t ever remember anything happening because we would have known. (Transcription by Gloria Willers)