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Does anyone remember a pet market in Rushey Green? Tony Brown has childhood memories of the market and is hoping someone has some photos. Tony said:

Hi all
When I lived in Ladywell in the early 1950’s I remember we came to Catford to buy a cat from the pet market which was in Rushey Green.

I can remember vividly to this day, seeing the rows upon rows of kittens and puppies in their ‘pens’ / ‘cages’ . Obviously this might have appeared much bigger to me then as I was only 5 or 6 years old.
I am wondering if anyone has any photographs of this ‘market’.

Thank you for your help.

regards

Tony Brown

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lewishamheritage
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lewishamheritage

In the late 40s there was a livestock market in Rushey Green at no 43. We’ve posted a photo of an advert that appeared in the Lewisham borough guide for 1948 on our Picasa site at https://picasaweb.google.com/lewishamheritage/ShopsAndShopping?noredirect=1#5616217900222669330

Brenda Eastwood
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Brenda Eastwood

Great to see this photo, it brings back a lot of memories. The shop was run by a man we knew as ‘Haircut’. My friend and I, aged about 10, were chucked out one day because we complained the kittens (some hadn’t opened their eyes yet) were too young to be away from their mothers and sold. He used to keep adult dogs in the basement and they were always very distressed. It was rumoured they were heading for vivisection but, of course, it was unsubstantiated. He sold me two guinea pigs ‘both female’ (my mother expressly said I must not get anything that would breed) and we had to find homes for several subsequent babies! It was actually a dreadful place and I felt terribly sorry for the animals… Read more »

Robert Ford
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Robert Ford

I remember going often to Pets Corner – noisy place. My brother told me years later that our mum had advised him not to speak with the man who ran it.

Richard turner
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Richard turner

Hi I lived on Bellingham and new catford we’ll. I was 10 in mid 50s and often went to catford to see all the pets. It was a large Victorian house on a corner and it was called hair cuts.

Robert Ford
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Robert Ford

Were you any relation to Paul Turner, who lived on Brookhowse, Bellingham? He and i were in the same class at Elfrida JB, and went to the cinema together a couple of times. It would be great to learn what happened to him.

Ann Winstone
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Ann Winstone

My grandparents lived in Bradgate Rd opposite ‘Pets Corner’ that was in a large Victorian House on the corner of Rosenthal Rd. As a treat I would be taken there to see the animals. There were kittens, puppies, reptiles and chickens. I was very small and I remember having to tip toe to peek over the chicken wire and my fingers being pecked by the hens. As I got off the bus one day I remember a Black and Tan mongrel dog being man handled in to the house on it’s back legs and I never went there again. It made me very sad as I realised the owners were cruel and the animals badly treated. It was known as pets corner for years, even when I went to Prendergast… Read more »

Dawn Bearman
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Dawn Bearman

My Grandad bought me a tortoise from Pets Corner in 1962. I remember being taken there many times just to look in through the glass windows to see into the animal cages. Inside it was open to the elements. I still have Jimmy the tortoise over 50 years later….I guess he was one of the lucky ones 🙂

Mrs Joyce Snipp
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Mrs Joyce Snipp

I remember going to Pets Corner. The Garden at the back was open for all to see. There was a Monkey who bit my hand when I wanted to stroke.it. The Owner ” Haircut ” used to walk about Catford With two young ladies one each side holding his arm. I suppose this was a Publicity Stunt. Your Jimmy found a Good Home. I hope that he is still going strong.

Robert Ford
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Robert Ford

My old mum used to warn me to watch my step at Pets Corner. I didn’t know why till much later, when I discovered she wasn’t talking about animals. Say no more.

Mrs Joyce Snipp
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Mrs Joyce Snipp

HA Ha, The Old Saying , Fore warned, is fore, Armed. Your Mum knew something