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.