Pembury, Near Royal Tunbridge Wells

This image is of Walter C Raiswell Ltd's Kent County Stores in Pembury.  Purveyors of 'high class groceries, their main shop was in Tunbridge Wells, 21 & 22 Mount Pleasant.  It's a lovely period image.  According to the book "Pembury in the past", by Mary Standen (Meresborough Books, 1984), the photo was taken in the 1920s when three people worked for the manager, Mr Bob Young.  Earlier, when the shop belonged to Mr Fritz Featherstone, four people were employed in the shop, whilst a man did deliveries with a horse and van and a boy did short journeys by foot, carrying a large basket.  In those days everything was packed on the premises with food being weighed out by hand.

According to the sign "The most modern and up to date store in Tunbridge Wells"!  My thanks to Fred Scales for spotting the correct location of the photograph and for letting me know.

Raiswell Stores Mount Pleasant, Tunbridge Wells, c.1920

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