There was a famous pub there called ‘The Mauretania’. It wasn’t bombed.
It was still there after the war. It had a beautiful big room inside that was used as the cocktail bar. They’d used part of ‘The Mauretania’s’ (the ship) panelling on the walls. They also had a goldfish room. It was really posh – they had all different rooms.
It was the top part that had it (during the Blitz). Brandon Hill and up the top.
It’s gone back to being the same as it was. It’s all shops. It doesn’t
look much different because they’ve built it all up again.
It was posh. High class.
There was Maggs and Wright on the right - that took up a lot of room. It was very posh. It could compete with somewhere like Selfridges.
The shops in Park Street closed at midday on a Saturday.
Everywhere else had half day closing on a Wednesday.
Brandon Hill was known as ‘Mutton Tump’.