Mobile shops were all the rage in 1960s Fareham

This photograph shows the hill from The Jolly Miller up Maylings Farm Road, Fareham, when the builders had just started work in 1962.

This photograph shows the hill from The Jolly Miller up Maylings Farm Road, Fareham, when the builders had just started work in 1962.

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Travelling around Fareham in the 1950s and 60s, you would have seen considerable changes to the landscape.

This was the time when many new housing estates and developments were taking shape on the edge of the town.

For those who have lived through the various expansions, it may seem hard to recall what Fareham looked like in those days.

Provincial Society member Fred York has produced another book in the series Strangers in Town following last year’s successful publication.

This time the focus is on the contractors’ vehicles – converted public service buses and coaches – used as staff transport and canteens.

The picture of the battered coach with the Worthing destination board conjures up the wild areas before development took place.

Do you remember this new housing complex around Miller Drive?

This photograph shows the incline from The Jolly Miller up Maylings Farm Road when the builders had just started work in 1962.

The second picture reminds us of the days when mobile shops were in fashion.

Greengrocers, fishmongers, bakers and the like would go around each week serving you at home.

Some greengrocers, like the one shown, made use of an old Bedford coach as a heavily laden mobile shop in Blackbrook Road in 1962.

Out now, this small A5 publication with 59 black and white photos is available from the Provincial Society’s online shop at provincialsociety.org and the Travel Shop at Fareham Bus Station.

It will bring back fond memories of Fareham between 1958 and 1976.

n Strangers in Town (Part 2) by Fred York is published by the Provincial Society at £6.50.

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