The his­tory of a long-sur­viv­ing doorstep

Amer­sham Mu­seum

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PEOPLE AND PLACES -

HAD­DON’S the Chemists, at 38 High Street, was run by Al­bert Had­don and then, later, by his son, Lau­rie, who was also an op­ti­cian.

His op­ti­cal in­stru­ments are now on dis­play in Amer­sham Mu­seum.

The business cer­tainly aimed to pro­vide a wide range of prod­ucts mar­ket­ing it­self as: “Chemists, Op­ti­cians, Sta­tion­ers and Wine and Spirit Mer­chants”.

The shop is now Orvis, but the orig­i­nal chemist’s draw­ers have been re­tained and the Had­don name can still be seen in this mo­saic on the front step.

Al­bert Had­don came to Amer­sham in the Oc­to­ber of 1892, the first week that saw the of­fi­cial open­ing of the ex­ten­sion of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Line rail­way to Ayles­bury and beyond.

Lau­rie Had­don re­tired in 1966.

AN­THONY DEL TUFO,

Mu­seum vol­un­teer

Had­don’s Pharmacy of­fered a wide range of goods and ser­vices

The orig­i­nal mo­saic doorstep from Had­don’s Pharmacy still ex­ists 49 High Street Old Amer­sham, HP7 0DP 01494 723700 www.amer­sham­mu­seum.org

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