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1960s shopping in Bristol's Park Street
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some well known names in Park Street

No. 80, Suedecraft Ltd.- It is only within the last decade that most people have started wearing suede, sheepskin or leather clothes. Suedecraft Ltd. now have ten branches in London and the provinces, with a head office in Yorkshire. The factory where all their goods are hand-cut and individually made is one of the largest in the world specialising in suede, leather and sheepskin fashions.

No. 79, Varsity Gentlemen’s Hairdressers - Mr. Bright, a senior partner in the business, was one of the pioneers in Bristol of the appointment system for gent’s hairdressers fifteen years ago and is a firm believer that good hairdressing has as much therapeutic value for a man as it does for a woman.

No. 78, Aquascutum Ltd.- Founded in London in 1781 Aquascutum is now one of the best known companies in the ready to wear men’s and women’s clothing trade, with a branch in Manchester as well as Bristol. Their products are also sold in many shops and stores throughout the country.
It is their proud claim that they can fit any size and shape man from their range of 123 fittings in suits alone. Although many people associate country tweeds with their name, Aquascutum cater equally well for city wear.

No. 77, Park Street, The Pont Boutique - On the first floor of this building is the small, friendly ladies’ fashion boutique Miss E. D. Pont opened nearly five years ago. Although carrying a good stock of garments in the usual size range Miss Pont specialises in good quality outsize clothes.

No. 74, F. K. Bauers and Sons - It is interesting to think that a furriers could have been started in times of austerity such as during the last war, but it is true of F. K. Bauers. They are also one of the few furriers who make all their own goods, from the selection of the skins to the cutting, stitching and fitting of the coat. A large part of their trade is in producing classic fur coats from top quality skins. Despite the current vogue for ‘fun’ furs they find that mink, with its good wearing properties and wide range of colours, is still the most popular.

No. 66, Churchill and Son Ltd.- Churchills have been trading in musical merchandise on the
same site in Park Street since 1860 except for a short stay in Park Row after being bombed during the last war. They have a very far reaching reputation and sell everything for the musician from sheet music, for a matter of pence, to electronic organs for two or three thousand pounds. Radios, television sets and record players are also sold.

No. 54, Derwent Television. Although this company have only been in Park Street since 1956 they are part of a furniture company from Liverpool, Central Equipment Ltd., which has been going since 1919. Their business in Bristol is almost exclusively in the renting of television sets made in their own factory in Middlesex.

No. 51, John Keil Interior Furnishing Ltd. - Being specialists in 17th and 18th century furniture, fine works of art and interior decoration it is appropriate that John Keils should be in the only remaining building in the street which has not been structurally altered since it was a private house, except for the display window on the front.

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