Greetings Catfordites. I received an enquiry from Michael B who asks:

Can anyone fill in detail about a music shop that was on the east side of Rushey Green, near Rosenthal Road (in the 1960s!) ?
I think it was something like Southern Music Agency, owner’s name Don?

Grateful for any help for my memory. Thanks.

This one is beyond me as I was just a babe in arms back then so I’m asking you to dig deep into your memory banks and those of your parents and grandparents to help Michael out. Please as usual drop your responses in the comments below.

Here are a couple of pictures of Rushey Green circa 1900s from the Ideal Homes website. I’m not saying they’ll help to trigger any memories but they are nice to look at.

The newer buildings in the background occupy the southern-most portion of Lewisham High Street and date from c. 1890.

The eighteenth century houses on the right were all destroyed by bombing during the Second World War.

 

With only the interruption of St Mary’s Church and Lewisham Workhouse and Hospital, Lewisham High Street and Rushey Green formed a mile long shopping experience.

These shops on the west side north of Hawstead Road were Rushey Green’s first contribution.

The fenced space to the left was the course of the village stream which ran the whole length of the two roads until it was drained in 1855.

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Peter Gliddon
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Peter Gliddon

I thought it was called Southeast Entertainment, and thought the main man was Rod. Bought all my gear there in the sixties and seventies. It was still there in the late eighties before we moved to Cornwall.

Mark
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Mark

Yes it was Called South East Entertainment , remember the owner well , Slim Tallish guy Beard and Glasses but cant remember his name?
Those were the good days when you could go in and try anything ,then I think he changed it to Discoland ?
Then Eric Lindsey moved across the road with Terry …? forgot the name of the shop?

Dave
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Dave

According to someone who was working at South Eastern Entertainments music shop in Lewisham, Eric Lindsey was one of the managers there. Read more at this link: http://www.sparkspin.co.uk/bolan.htm

Discoland (Compa Lighting) Ltd. was at 373 Lewisham High Street and also opened Discoland 2 at Unit 31, High Street, Orpington.

Dave
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Dave

South Eastern Entertainment Agency Ltd. was located at 375 Lewisham High Street (which is just up the road from Rushey Green) from 1965 to 1982. It was owned and run by Frank Taylor, who also owned another musical instrument shop near where I lived – Music & Entertainments (Croydon) Ltd. at 5 Savoy Parade, Croydon (next to the ABC cinema), run by John Edmed, which closed just before the Lewisham branch.

There is a Marc Bolan connection to the Lewisham shop, concerning his use of Vampower amplifiers, at this link:
http://www.vampower.com/dave.html

Louise Caudell
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Louise Caudell

I just found an invoice of my Dad’s dated 1981 from SEEA. There are five premises listed. Music House One 373 Lewisham High St. for on stage amplification, PA systems, electric guitars, effects & accessories and custom repairs. Music House Two at No. 375 for drums, cymbals, percussion, accessories and repairs. Music House Three 18 Rushey Green for acoustic guitars, accessories, educational, instruments and repairs. Discoland 377 Lewisham High St. and Organland at No. 398.