I can remember vividly being taken to Cowplain shops as a child (we’re talking the mid-to-late 1980’s) and the shop second from the end, near the corner of Durley Avenue was an old-fashioned sweet shop; Carters Sweet Shop, owned by the Carter family.
My brother and I were allowed 20p for a bag of mixed sweets (from which we could choose from the counter) and my mother would choose other sweets from the large jars that lined the inside of the shop. It truly was a proper old-fashioned sweet shop where the shop keeper lifted down the heavy jar of sweets and weighed them on giant scales. She was also (and still is) rather partial to the hard, stick liquorice – for which she used to ask for an entire box! (Sorry mum, your secret is out!) We came away happy, and then popped into the toy/model shop to have a look round, which is now Nico’s Deli.
My husband Steve remembers this shop also very well as a child: if he and his brother were good at the dentist (located a few yards away in Durley Avenue) and if there weren’t too many fillings, he’d be treated to his own quarter of monkey nuts to undo any restorative action that had just taken place on the dentist’s chair.
Currently this unit is the home of “Cowplain Pet Supplies”:
Or rather it was – the shop has closed it’s doors and from what we can tell the shop is no longer trading.
We spoke to one of the owners in August – and they’d told us that they’d likely be closing prior to Christmas.
Do you remember shopping in Carter’s sweet shop? What was your confectionery of choice?