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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

High Road, North Finchley
The Friern Barnet Photo Archive
High Road, North Finchley

Numbers 776-778. Photograph taken on 25 December 1980 by Doug Rose
Picture added on 23 November 2009 at 18:09
We live on the second floor of this building (directly above the Ripolin store in this photo - now a Coffee Republic) and would love to know its history. Can anyone shed any light on its original use at the time of its construction c.1903?
Added by Jo on 16 June 2011
It used to be a Sainsbury's grocery store in the 1950's and 1960's. The staff were mostly ladies in white hairnets and at the butter counter, there was a huge block of the stuff - you'd ask for half a pound and she would break a piece off the gigantic lump, then bash it and smash it around with wooden spatulas, until it was sort of square shaped, wrap it in greaseproof paper and hand it over. I've tried to locate a photo of the shop taken in the 1950's, but without success.
Added by Shamus on 26 May 2012
Thank you Shamus, much appreciated.
Added by Jo on 15 July 2012
Oh dear Sainsbury's is still in my minds eye from 60 - 65 years ago. I remember it so well. there were two long shops crossed in the middle resembling a stretched out H. Looking from the street one side had dairy products and the other had the cooked meats. In the left hand side there was an areal office, surrounded in windows. there were the many tubes up to the office, where the service staff put your money in at the counter with your bill and sent it to the office, they put the change in and sent it back to the staff. and the smell - ummm. I use Morrison's where I live in Wales now and I am told the tubes are still used at the cashiers desk, but are covered up so you don't see them. What an invention very unsung. Thanks for the memory
Added by Margaret Gardener on 31 December 2016
I remember Sainsburys store.My Nan used to take me there via a trolleybus to buy a slab of butter and fresh cheese, remember the ladies in white nets and the money tubes going to cashiers desk, after buying our goods! We then purchased a Hovis loaf, went back to her house and had cheese sandwiches with Camp coffee and sterilised milk. I thought this was delicious, but now rethinking I would not think that now
Added by Gary Nicholas on 02 January 2017
I worked in the Sainsburys store in the spring and summer of 1967. The manager was Mr Savage, and the people I worked with were lovely. I left in the autumn to join the RAF, I really missed the girls in the shop. If anyone else reading this worked there then, I'd love to hear from them.
Added by Peter on 14 February 2017
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