Welwyn Garden City photo brings back memories

PUBLISHED: 12:10 11 February 2017

The small Welwyn Department Store car park in 1964. Ken Wright, who took this picture, said:

The small Welwyn Department Store car park in 1964. Ken Wright, who took this picture, said: "This car park was removed to make way for the construction of the sunken roundabout. In the background you can see Dickenson and Adams garag and petrol station with Munts next door. This photo was taken from Bill Griffin's office window in the department store."


This photograph has sparked happy memories for one married Welwyn Garden City couple who have lived in the town since the early 1950s.

Joyce and James Maxwell of Knella Road both remember the Munts store in Stonehills well.

Joyce, 77, told the WHT: “I can remember buying my first pram there.”

As her oldest child, now Mrs Wendy Wright but still living in WGC, is 52, this must have been in 1964 or 1965.

James, described by Joyce as her “toy-boy” as he is a mere 72, remembers the store about a decade earlier.

He said: “When I was about 12, my dad bought two bikes there. One for me, and one for my brother.”

According to Joyce, the shops along Stonehills in the 1950s and early 1960s included a butcher and a jeweller.

James, originally from Newcastle, and Joyce, who came to WGC with her parents from north London, have known each other since childhood, and married in 1966.

James’ father worked at the Lone Star toy factory in Hatfield

They both remember the old Cherry Tree restaurant, where Waitrose supermarket now stands.

The official website of the rock group Led Zeppelin records a concert at “Bluesville 69 Club/The Cherry Tree, Welwyn Garden City” on April 8, 1969, and rates it as five stars out of five.

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