The small shop on the corner

Rouser 2013
Rouser 2013

There is much discussion these days on the future of our High Streets. More people are buying on-line and supermarkets are eating up most of the community’s remaining on-street spending power.

This is why Rouser is so fond of this unremarkable Edwardian photograph of a small business premises at the junction of Newhaven High Street and Church Hill.

The Cromwell family appear to be running a ‘coffee tavern and cyclists’ rest’.

There appear to be all kinds of things on offer inside .... the sort of shop that sells just about anything you might need, with breakfasts, dinner and teas available as well.

That, in Rouser’s view, is the future of the High Street - in short, a plethora of small shops offering merchandise and personal service.