Boot and Shoe Makers and Cobblers
Reg Glanfield remembers: the boot maker and shoe mender was Bert Chance who had a shop at the entrance to the side of the Duke's Head . There were no houses down that piece of road leading to the farm.
Jack Overton served in the First World War, He was taken prisoner whilst being held, the camp was hit by British artillery and he lost his leg. On returning home he was trained as a boot-maker, coming to Brockham in 1919 where he set up his business at No 6 Jubilee Terrace.
The picture here shows Violet Overton, Mrs Beadle, and Florence (Jack's wife) Jack and Daisy Overton. The photo was supplied by Jack's son Jack who was born in the attic at No 6.
Mr Godding the cobbler.
Extracted from Mrs Daisy Parker nee Funnell 'Growing up in Old School Lane':
We shopped mostly in the village. We had one butcher, three general stores, one ironmonger, plus a newsagent. "The Duke" did our shoe repairs. (Ed: This was a cobbler's shop alongside the Duke's Head Pub) All our purchases were put in paper bags which were usually thick, blue ones.'