132 Regent’s Park Road: Pigs On Bomb Sites

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  • CARVER & GILDER James Turner 1875-80
  •  TOBACCONIST    John Ulph 1881
  •  ” Mrs F.H. Barwick   1885
  • John Oates            1890
  • ” Mark Lane 1895-1905
  • ” John Dingwall 1910
  • ” Mrs Elizabeth Dingwall  1915-20

    132 Regent's Park Road 1983

    Manson Butcher 1983. Click for larger image

  • ” David Marshall  1925-35


BUTCHER  Henry Parish 1937-46

This butcher rented the shop from the greengrocer at 130. He had two boys with bicycles with large baskets who delivered all over Primrose Hill.

During meat rationing in World War II the shop closed every afternoon because it had sold out by lunchtime. The rationing coupons issued were not by weight, as for other foodstuffs, but by price. There was an additional allowance of twopence per week per person for corned beef (beef pickled and preserved in brine, and mainly imported from the USA).

Those who could, kept rabbits and chickens, and pigs were sometimes kept on bomb sites.

  • ”  Paul Russell 1950
  • ”  T.G Stow & Sons  1955

(in 1955 Stow also occupied 158 as its store)

  • ” J.F. Stow & Son 1960

(no longer also at 158)

  • ” Payne & Son   1965
  •  “ J.Manson Ltd 1970-85

This shop still has the butcher’s pale yellow tiles, and the shop window glass. The current owner just changed the lettering within the glass.


Primrose Hill Pets 1994-present

The many premises connected with animals near here in the 1800s serviced mainly working horses. 

One thought on “132 Regent’s Park Road: Pigs On Bomb Sites

  1. Payne and son was part of a group of butcher shops set up by Fred Dangerfield, who was the son of a London butcher of the same name. Paynes was a group of about 30 shops being run for the Dangerfield trustees by David Geary, another butcher’s son. In the late 1950s he was joined by a man named Colin Collimore who brought across a lot of County Council school contracts from his father’s business. Collimore, a university graduate, got himself onto the Multiple Retailers Council and was later headhunted by J.D. Dewhurst, the chain of butchers.

    Payne’s, who ran a hamper business from an old bus depot, were like a ship without a rudder and sold out to John Manson, who later became a chain of 125 shops. The name came from the founders, KnapMAN and JohnSON. Manson and Johnson went their separate ways, Johnson taking the hamper business started by Payne and calling it Farepak, which much later on became a news item for the collapse and mismanagement of its Christmas Club, leaving thousands of people out of pocket.

    Knapman was unsuccessful in trying to sell his half of the business to Matthews Ltd and soldiered on until the late 1980s, when the receivers were called in to sell 17 shops to Graham White, another butcher, which gave them another 18 months’ life. Graham White are better known for their famous Porky White sausages.

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