In 1847 The Post Office directory lists no traders or businesses seperately for Spencers Wood – in Three Mile Cross by contrast eleven are listed, including two publicans, Joseph Armstrong at the Swan and George Brent at the George and Dragon (now Highway Cottage), 3 bakers, 2 shop-keepers, a butcher, a blacksmith, a saddler, a wheelwright and a bricklayer – not to mention 3 beer retailers (some people “doubled-up” like George Strong, bricklayer and beer retailer). By 1903 Kelly’s

London House Stores, c.1908

Directory lists eighteen business in Spencers Wood and only eleven in Three Mile Cross. As well as the usual trades, like bakers and grocers (and beer retailers) the Directory lists a bootmaker, a blacksmith, a carpenter and a saddler and harness-maker but also a draper, a builder and a coal merchant and even a carriage-builder, Hewitt and Beken’s, and Edwin Wheeler, a builder and brickmaker.

These days the types of businesses have changed – the Spencers Wood branch of the Co-op closed in 1983 to the dismay of many residents, as has the drapers and haberdashery and the electrical repair shop but there are many new businesses, often located in business units on the edge of the villages. We have a collection of information and photographs documenting changes over the years from deliveries of milk and bread by horse and cart to today’s convenience stores.

Today’s Spencers Wood Supermarket

Some of these businesses are listed below – please email us if you can provide us with information about these or any other local businesses – better still, come and talk to us, especially if you’ve worked in any of them.

Current Business/ occupant of siteLocationEarlier businesses on this site
(private house)Sheraton Ho., Hyde End Road/The SquareAdey’s (Bakers), Saunders & Maynard
(private house)Tintern, Basingstoke Rd. (near Wellington Court)Beesley’s Stores
BlissimiBasingstoke Rd. (opposite the common)Anita’s Hair and Beauty
BTThe Squaretelephone exchange
ChandlersBasingstoke Rd.
Day Lewis (Chemists)Basinstoke Rd.Rankin’s (Chemists), Harrison’s Stores, Farley’s (Chemists)
(private house)Basingstoke RoadMargaret French (Drapers)
Grant and Stone’s Builders MerchantsLambs LaneMeakin’s Builder’s Merchants
Healthy Buildings InternationalBasingstoke Rd. (near the Farriers)Sheerman’s (Butchers), Pither’s (Butchers)
Jackson’s (Garage)Basingstoke Rd. junction w. Beech Hill Rd.Double’s Garage – previously Doubles, the blacksmiths on the corner of the Square
Judd’s Sawmill
Malborough House (appartments)Basingstoke Rd.Society for Microbiology, The Co-op, Dearlove’s Nursey
MiasBasingstoke Rd./ Hyde End RoadTelevid Traders
One Stop/ Spencers Wood Post OfficeBasingstoke RoadPost Office
Parkers (Estate Agents)Basingstoke RoadHop Inn (Off Licence), The Cricketers
Spencers Wood SupermarketBasingstoke Rd.London House Stores
Valley Vet GroupBasingstoke Roadpreviously private house
Village Maid (Cheese-maker)Hyde End Road – Moved to Riselypreviously private house
Warrings (Bakers)Basingtoke RoadPhilpott’s Bakery
WhiteknightsTankerton House, Basingstoke Rd.Flower Corner (Cottee’s), Wavy Line Stores, Middleton’s Stores