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04th May 2015

Let’s get down to business…

One of the key themes that My Route has been investigating is the development and changes to trades and businesses along Stratford Road over the past 70 years.

By recording and mapping the businesses that have existed along the road, we hope to be able to trace when different communities came to the area and how they moved/settled along the road.

This record will also help to uncover the trends and changes within the trades themselves – for example which consumer goods were popular  in specific time periods, and how services and businesses changed as new lifestyles and technology developed during each decade.

To gather this information, several dedicated volunteers have been undertaking extensive business data collection, using resources such as the Kelly directories and the Yellow Pages to record the addresses and names of all the businesses along the road every ten years.

Volunteers and My Route staff are also asking people to share their memories about the shops they used to visit in the past along Stratford Road.

Later this month we will be posting the full database which lists every shop our researchers have found so far, so please keep an eye on our news feed, and let us know what you remember and whether we’ve missed anything important via info@myroute.org.uk!

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