Top 10 much-missed shops in Belvedere and around Bexley borough

The remaining Nuxley Toys shop in Gravesend pictured in 2012 when the Welling store closed down

The remaining Nuxley Toys shop in Gravesend pictured in 2012 when the Welling store closed down

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The following is a top 10 list of independent shops around Bexley which are no longer there, including stores in Belvedere, Erith, Northumberland Heath and Bexleyheath.

The list was compiled by Donna Anderson, 37, from Belvedere.

Donna said: “I grew up in this area and really miss the little independent shops that have closed over the years since the 1980s.

“There were some lovely things to be bought in them and the pleasant staff really enhanced a kid’s shopping trip and made it a pleasure to go out and about in Bexley.

“I went into memory overdrive thinking of this, had to narrow it down to 10, hope other people can add their own cherished memories too.”

If there are any other Bexley shops you remember fondly tell us about them in the comments below.

1. Nuxley Toys in Belvedere. What a joy this place was, toys to suit every kid in the area whatever they liked, from dolls to teddy bears to games.

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Flickr contributor Dave Patten outside TW Records in Erith in 1977

2. TW Records. Awesome shops. There were three stores in Erith, Plumstead and the Broadway which stocked all the rare records that Woolworths never bothered with because they weren't top 40 - 12 inches and lovely vinyl - music heaven. There was a blonde lady who used to work in the Erith branch who always served everyone with a smile and chatted to the customers, unlike the big stores.

3. Togs in Albert Road. Low-priced clothes and again chatty staff. I think all the kids from Lessness Heath primary had socks and underwear from there in the 1980s.

4. The Ideal Store in Riverdale Road opposite Filston Road. Better known as Nardi's, this was an essential little grocery store for the locals and she always responded to the tap on the door after closing when our mums had run out of some cooking ingredient!

5. Bagnall's shoes in Nuxley Road. Great shop with nice shoes and bags.

6. Betty's the greengrocers in Nuxley Rd. Fruit and veg always tasted wonderful from there. Who could forget the juicy apples and oranges!

7. Pandora's Box in Erith town centre. Lovely little treasure-trove of a shop with the most glittering, sparkly knick-knacks I've ever seen.

8. Eynsford Video. Who didn't eagerly await the weekend trip to this lovely friendly store in the Bexley Road, North Heath, to rent the latest blockbuster on video? I personally remember when they introduced picture ID and everyone fell about laughing at the pic the staff took of my mum - if they hadn't known her, she would never have rented another title from there! Great selection of videos back in the 1990s.

9. Busy Bees in Nuxley Road. The repair shop for when we just couldn't throw away those comfy shoes.

10. Mallins, first in Nuxley Road and then in Bexley Road. Great little supermarket.

This list was submitted as part of our ‘write a top 10 list’ competition. If you have an interesting or funny list, send it to us for the chance to win £50 when the competition ends on March 31.

To enter our list competition fill in your details here and write your own top 10. It can be a top 10 memories of ..., top 10 facts about ..., top 10 reasons for ... – anything you like really, and so much the better if you can put a local spin on it.

Once we receive your list we'll check it over and if it's suitable we'll publish it at newsshopper.co.uk. Out of all the lists received we'll pick our favourite, taking into account page views and shares after it's been published, and the author of the winning list will be sent a £50 cheque.

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6:26am Fri 21 Mar 14

Dr. Nick says...

That just reminded me of "Cloud 9" the record shop in Bexleyheath (close to Christchurch), much wider choice than "TW Records" in the Broadway (by the clock tower) - it even had a room round the back which had some arcade machines in. There was another record shop too (close to a fish mungers down the other end), but I can not remember the name, it had a branch in Orpington high street too.
That just reminded me of "Cloud 9" the record shop in Bexleyheath (close to Christchurch), much wider choice than "TW Records" in the Broadway (by the clock tower) - it even had a room round the back which had some arcade machines in. There was another record shop too (close to a fish mungers down the other end), but I can not remember the name, it had a branch in Orpington high street too. Dr. Nick
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8:40am Mon 24 Mar 14

Payne by name says...

If you hanker for the reassuring charm of visiting a video store, then Gazelle video in the Pantiles is still hanging in there. Granted, it's having to add numerous different lines to stay afloat (and would make the perfect holdup in the event of a zombie apocalypse) but you do still have the fun of wondering what's in stock and trotting back home with your choice.
If you hanker for the reassuring charm of visiting a video store, then Gazelle video in the Pantiles is still hanging in there. Granted, it's having to add numerous different lines to stay afloat (and would make the perfect holdup in the event of a zombie apocalypse) but you do still have the fun of wondering what's in stock and trotting back home with your choice. Payne by name
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