ARE there any Gazette readers who remember a specific area of West Ealing from the late 1940s or early 1950s?
The area is bounded by Felix Road in the north and Uxbridge Road in the South, an area now occupied by a 1970s housing estate. Running north-south is Romsey Road. But in 1950 when I was seven years old, it was Williams Road that ran from the Jacob's Ladder footbridge south of the Uxbridge Road.
I am positive that there was a parade of shops at the junction of Williams and Felix Roads which included an ice-cream parlour called Pulumbo's, a fish and chip shop, a newspaper shop, and a rag merchant.
Further south along Williams Road was a small estate of then brand new pre-fab houses and a factory with a tall, bright new aluminium chimney. I was told the factory made shoes for Bata. West Williams Road was a small network of streets in which two factory-based business existed - the Autotype Company, and the Tory Laundry. The streets and factory buildings were razed to make way for the 1970s housing estate.
My interest stems from being a boy whose mother shopped in the area every Thursday after collecting my father's pay at Paddington station, where he was a railwayman. Thursday meant dashing back to West Ealing station, buying fish and chips, going to Pulumbo's for ice-cream and then the paper shop for my mother to get her weekly Woman and John Bull magazines, and me to pick up my copy of The Eagle comic.
It would be personally rewarding to hear from someone who also remembers the area and its shops as it was 60 or so years a go.
MIKE ABBOTT 34 Kent Road Chiswick