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To view Rabey's Cycle Shop "Then and Now"
The account below is based on information from my father's memoirs and due to no photos being available of the bicycle shop, the image below has been digitally created from information gathered.
Rabey's cycle shop was run by my grandfather James Henry Rabey, a blacksmith by trade, and his wife, my grandmother, Alma. They were main agents for B.S.A. bicycles and also sold various cycle parts and accessories. When nearby cycle dealers required a new B.S.A. bicycle it was ordered through Rabey's shop as main agents. Five bicycles were ordered at a time from B.S.A. and after assembling and checking, a bicycle was placed in the window for sale. Bicycle prices started at £5.19s.6d. (Five pounds nineteen shillings and sixpence - £5.98 in todays Money).
Paraffin, which was stored in a back room was also sold and it is thought that the shop was the first place in St.Dennis to sell petrol. Another service offered was the fitting of replacement pram tyres and latterly toys and flowers could be purchased from the shop. After the death of my grandfather James in 1929, my grandmother Alma continued to run the shop with the assistance of their two sons, my uncle Cyril and my dad Reg. To the right of the shop at that time was Pope's Grocery shop and to the left was Stuart Hoare's grocery shop. The cycle shop was sold in the late 1950's and was later used as a ladies clothes shop, hairdressers, launderette and is currently a private dwelling.
Trevor Rabey - August 2010
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