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Gallery: Dorset Miscellaneous

J J Allen's Auxiliary Depository, Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, c. 1920

@iamtimbo / 7 years ago / 3691 views / comments

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Taken looking north along Holdenhurst Road, showing J J Allen's Depository, along with the many shops fronting the street.

Shops discernible include Swift's Beef Company, Keevil's Ham & Beef Stores, the Shakespeare Tea & Coffee Rooms (with three prams outside), and a cycle repair workshop.

According to the House of Fraser archive: "J J Allen Ltd was formed in 1899 to 'carry on the extensive and old-established business of Mr.J.J.Allen, House Furnisher, Carpet Importer and Factor, Cabinet Manufacturer, Upholsterer, Decorator, Removal Contractor, Warehouseman, and Funeral Furnisher'."

Part of the building still survives - the closest semi-circular windows can be made out in the buildings in the Streetview image.

Hint: Drag the orange pegman to see the Streetview image...

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