George Fox, Dover baker shop
George Fox the baker's shop in Queen Street with three of the handcarts with which they distributed their bread and other confectionery, pre-1935. The Fox family appear to have been bakers for at least three generations, local directories revealing that back in 1917 George had a shop higher up the street, and a Thomas D. Fox ran a shop in the street back in 1896. Commenting on this picture Ron Fox wrote "No.s 5,7, 9 Queen St, before no. 9 was altered to a garage with flat above. My father and mother plus ? ? ? ? The three barrows I remember pushing around the town delivering bread, 'till 1935 when a motor van arrived on the scene. My father tramped the streets on his delivery rounds with basket on his shoulder, in particular from the top of De Burgh Hill, over the railway tunnel, up past the Fever hospital, to meet us with the van driven by cousin Bill Goldsack and down into Elms Vale Road. Children from St Mary's School opposite came across to buy a halfpenny twist and a halfpenny bar of Fry's chocolate pushed down its middle!
George Fox, Dover baker with three handcarts.
'Family bread and biscuit baker' reads the sign over the shop window. George Fox, in Queen Street, in his later years particularly, was very popular with children of St Mary's School, which stood almost opposite the little shop. To them it was the tuck shop of their school days. He also sold loaves of bread from another baker. This photograph, probably dating from the 1920s, came from his family.
A similar photograph appears in the softback book, "Streets of Dover by Derek Leach, OBE, Chairman of The Dover Society, published in 2009. Circa 1975
shows George Fox, Dover baker shop with sign
The photograph taken inside the shop, with view through doorway, shows Queen Street and several excited customers!
Photographer unknown, possibly Dover Express. Circa 1975.