Reigate

In the late 80s and early 90s I made surveys of the shops in the town centres of Reigate and Redhill, and here are the results. Aside from the local traders, there are also some national chains that have since passed into history.


Reigate shops

Three surveys were made of the Reigate town centre shops, in 1987, 1988 and 1991.


HIGH STREET
1-3 Alliance and Leicester
5 Gerrards Menswear
7-9 Baldwins of Reigate (basement Rainbow Toy Centre)
11 Freeman Hardy Willis (1987/88) Cozen Fabrics (1991)
11a Quality Seconds
13 Superdrug
15 Martin the Newsagent
17 Empty (1987/88) Shoeworld (1991)
19 Barratts Shoes (1987/88) 1st Stop Stationers (1991)
21 National Westminster Bank
23-25 Clinton Cards
27-29 Empty (Woolworths until early 80s)
31 Presents
33-35 GM Gerrard Greengrocers
37 Supasnaps
39 The Design Studio
41-43a Alexanders the Jewellers
Priory House (45-51a)
1 The Furnishing Touch
2 Empty (1987/88) MFI Hygena Selection (1991)
3 Empty (1987) AA Insurance (1988/91)
4 Halifax Building Society
5 Imperial Cancer Research Fund
6 Personal Service Travel
7 Woolwich Building Society
51b Budgens (1987/88) Marks and Spencer Foodstore (1991)
53 Hampers to Pamper (1987/88) LJ Laing Jewellers (1991)
53a Esmond Holden Antiques (1987/88) The Green Wellington (1991)
55 The Bull's Head PH
57 Reigate Antiques Parade
59 Contrast Furnishers
59a Dorset Antiques
61 Hogg Robinson Travel
63 Empty (1987) Mademoiselle (1988/91)
65 The Pantry
65a The Silk House
65b Sussex Furnishing
67 Ibett Mosely and Card
69 Reigate Hi-fi (1987/88) Hi-tech (1991)
71 Shining Armour
73 Lloyds Lighting (1987/88) Swinton Insurance (1991)
75 Pizza Pavilion
77 Markwick and Watson
77a Star Recruitment

2 The Market PH
4 Lloyds Bank
4a Our Price
6 Milwards Shoes
8-10 Empty (1987) WH Smith Travel (1988) The Mousetrap (1991)
12 Reigate Pet and Garden Centre (1987/88) Reigate Jewellers (1991)
14 Geoff Taylor
16 The Penny Black
18 Midland Bank
20-22 Empty (1987/88) Ritz Video Hire (1991)
24 Empty (1987/88) Whites and Sons (1991)
26 Abbey National Building Society
28 Roberts and Cooper Wine (1987) Peter Dominic (1988) Simply Sports (1991)
30 Daniels Jewellers
32 Lopez Charcuterie
34-36 Boots the Chemist
38 The Reigate Tailors
40 A Jones and Sons Shoes
42 Clarks Bakery (1987) Three Cooks (1988/91)
42a Empty (1987/88) Penelope Red (1991)
44 Rolfe Reigate (1987) Empty (1988/91)
46-48 Morrisons Solicitors
50 Maggie Steward (1987) Quintessance (1988/91)
52 Radio Rentals
54 Kingston Butchers
56 Clover
58 Superfruits
60-62 Edmund Goodrich Hardware
64 Casa Mia
66 Oxfam
68 Holland and Barrett
70 Oddbins
72 Art of Living
74-76 Trustee Savings Bank
78-80 Nationwide Building Society (1987) Nationwide Anglia (1988/91)
82 Northovers Interiors
84-86 Douglas Hope Interiors
88 Empty (1987) Tai Loy (1988/91)
90 Reigate Flooring and Tile Centre (1987) Pilgrims Christian Bookshop (1988/91)
92 Reigate Newsagents
94 Il Rustico
96 The Red Cross PH


BELL STREET
1 Barclays Bank
3 Mister Minit
5 The Children's Society
7 GC Bateman Opticians
9 Alan Laurenson Photography (1987/88) Reids Photography (1991)
11 Wimpy (1987/88) Starburger (1991)
13 Geoff Taylor
15 Jancis (1987) Kentish Co-Ordinates (1988) Empty (1991)
17 Park West
19 Louise
21 The Bell PH
23-25 G&P Carpets (1987/88) Pineapple (1991)
27 New Hong Kong Restaurant
27a Whit Takeaway
29 TE Fraser Menswear
29a JE Bridger Newsagent
29b The Lighting Store
31 CA Clear and Sons
33 Cooper and Lancaster Solictors
35 Reigate Jaguar (1987/88) Paladin Jaguar (1991)
37 Skinner and Rose (1987/88) Hepper Robinson (1991)
39 Hairlooms (1987) Clifford Austin Hunt (1988/91)
41 Surf and Ski
43 Finch and Sons Cycles
45 Floribunda
45a Reigate Galleries
47 Martin Graham
47a Maureen in Reigate
49 J Stoneman Funeral Directors
51 The Ancient House Bookshop
53 Connells Estate Agents
55 Unwins
57 Golden Curry Restaurant
59-61 Keymex
63 Coral
65 Gay Dogs (1987/88) Cat's Whiskers (1991)
67 Reigate Travel
69 J Bader Cleaners
71 La Barbe
73 La Lanterna
75 Sans Souci Beauty
85 The Castle PH
87-89 South Park Motors (1987/88) Coles Rover (1991)

2 Burbridge and Co Solictors
4 Pearson Cole Estate Agents (1987) GA - Pearson Cole (1988)
6 Bradford and Bingley
6a Carnia
8-10 J Knight and Sons (opened 1883, closed 2016)
12 Good Food Shop (1987/88) Reigate Main Post Office (1991)
14 Crow Watkin Estate Agents
16 Fads Homecare (1987/88) Building restored (1991)
18-20 Reigate Main Post Office (1987/88) Empty, to be demolished (1991)
22-36 Plants for Tomorrow (1987/88) Demolished (1991)
38 White and Sons Estate Agents
40 Mann and Co Estate Agents


CHURCH STREET
1 Muswells
1a Barry Woolf Hair (1987) Paul Kemsley (1988/91)
1b Elizabeth Duff Travel
3 Superlook
5 The Gift Shop
7 Bollom Cleaners
9 Peter Charles Hair
11 Helping Hand
13 AB Design Planning Centre
15 National and Provincial Building Society
17 Robertsons
19 Reigate Sports
21 Bedside Manor
23 Stiles Harold Williams (1987/88) Alliance and Leicester Property (1991)
25 Dollond and Aitchison
27 Reigate Golf Centre (1987/88) Fosters (1991)
29 Lambeth Building Society
31 Reigate Jewellers (1987/88) Amber (1991)
33 A Cut Above
35 Paul Whiteman Opticians
37 Empty
39-41 Redland Roof Tiles
43 Holmesdale Benefit Building Society

4 Idris Jones (1987) St John Vaughan (1988) Halifax Property (1991)
6 Gascoigne-Pees
8 Seeboard (1987/88)
10 Perfect Pizza
12 The White Hart PH
14-18 Andrew Glass (1987/88) Empty (1991)
20 Thakar Opticians
22 Prontaprint
24 Multi-Broadcast (1987/88) Reigate Golf Centre (1991)
26-28 Bottoms Up
30 Jeans 'n' Things (1987) Dees (1988) Cubitt and West (1991)
32 Reigate Cleaning Centre
34 DH Croft Furnishing
36 Howard Furnishings
38 Anglian Windows
40-42 Back to Sleep
44 Manna Music (1987) Empty (1988)
44b LJ Laing


WEST STREET
1 Accutec Clocks
3 Almost
5 Pingouin
7 Country Cuisine
9-11 Casablanca Hair Salon
13 Lewis and Lloyd Antiques and Art
15-17 Harris and Company Builders Merchants
19 Empty
21 Harris Craft Shop (1987/88) Empty (1991)
23 Chart Eng Heating Engineers
25 The Blue Anchor PH

8 Empty (1987/88) Priory Antiques (1991)
10 Reigate Tandoori
12 Gig Riggers
14 West Street Post Office


LONDON ROAD
2 Empty
4 Curry Kutir
6 Merlins Winebar
8 Hygate
10 A Stitch in Time


So how many of these shops are still trading today? Thanks to modern technology, and the lack of pedestrianisation in Reigate, we now only have to look to Google Street View for the answers. In 2016, the following shops still existed under the same, or similar, name in the same premises as listed above:

In High Street: Gerrards (5), First Stop Stationers (19), Whites and Sons (24), Daniels Jewellers (30), Boots the Chemist (34-36), Jones (40), Cancer Research (5 Priory House, 45-51a), Marks and Spencer Food Hall (51b), Oxfam (66), Holland and Barrett (68), Nationwide Building Society (78-80), Pilgrims Christian Bookshop (90).

In Bell Street: The Children's Society (5), Crow Watkin (14), Finch Cycles (43), Martin Graham (47), Stoneman (49), Golden Curry (57), Keymex (59-61), Coral (63), Reigate Travel (67), La Barbe (71).

In Church Street: Gascoigne-Pees (6-8), Cubitt and West (30), Reigate Dry Cleaners (32), Holmesdale Building Society (43). Paul Whiteman Optometrists has moved across the road from 35 to 20.

In West Street: Casablanca (9-11).

Additionally, all of the public houses still operate from the same premises, with the exception of the White Hart in Church Street, as do the banks, with the exception of the TSB in High Street.


Redhill shops

This survey was made of the Redhill town centre shops in 1991, prior to the opening of the Belfry shopping centre in October of that year.

HIGH STREET
1 The Wheatsheaf PH
3-7 Woolworths
9-13 Boots the Chemist
23 Dorothy Perkins
25 Leeds Permanent Building Society
27 Curtess
29 Milletts
31 Halifax Building Society
33 Crocks
35 Solo
37 Berkely
39 H Samuel
41 Les Smith Motormart
43 Mann and Co
45 Alliance and Leicester
47 Jennings
49 Baker's Oven
Berkeley House (51)
1 Silhouette Dry Cleaners
2 Schrieber
3 Jones of Redhill
4 Mainly Pine
5 Fianders

2 Halfords
2a ABC Security
2b Woolwich Building Society
4 Fads Homecare
6 Hadfields
8 Micawbers
10 Dollond and Aitchison
12 Oxfam
14 Gascoigne-Pees
18 Fosters
20 Seeboard
22 DER
24 The Discount People
26 Seconds Out
28-34 Argos
36-38 Tangs Chinese Restaurant
40 Lunn Poly
42 Weigh and Save
44 Dewhurt
46 Rising Dough
50-52 Trustee Savings Bank
54 Jonathan Brown
56-58 Shoesave
60 Wates
62 Abbey National
64 Sevenoaks Domestic
66 Prontaprint
68-72 Bejam
74 Granada
76 Manpower
78 Jewel House
80 Coral
82 Empty
84 Bedlam Cards and Gifts


WARWICK QUADRANT
1 Medicare
2 Forbouys
3 Mothercare
4 Freeman Hardy Willis
5 Currys
6 Empty
7 Visionhire
8 Clinton Cards
9 Bennettons
10 Manfield
11 Hogg Robinson Travel
11a Top Shop
11b Bookstop
12 McDonalds


LONDON ROAD
1 Lloyds Bank
3 British Gas
5 Boots Opticians
7 Tru-fi
9 Exchange Travel
11-13 Furness Travel
15 Jobcentre
17 Magnet
19 Poundstretcher
21 Iceland
33 Redhill Main Post Office


STATION ROAD
20 Ron's Fish and Chips
22 Three Cooks
24 Andrews
26 Videographic
28 Cramphorn
30 Raj of India
32 Raleigh
34 Baccara
36 Fortes Tasty Grills
38 Empty
40 Nationwide Anglia
44 B&H Anglia
46 Choice
48 Bullimores Accountants
50 Stiles Harold Williams
52 Radio Rentals
54 Surrey Building Society
56 A Way A Head
58 Empty
60 Empty
62 Spurlings
64 Thomas Cook
66 Eyeworks
68 Bishops Drug Store
70-72 Midland Bank
74 Empty
76 Sketchley
78 Barclays Bank

The north side of Station Road was not surveyed.