The historical shop sign was pointed out to me a while back, which I’d hadn’t noticed in all of the many, many times I’d driven past it. It’s worth preserving, and is worthy of a place in one of our local museums. Mons was the site of a WW1 battle.
I ‘googled’ the shop sign name, and this is what I turned up.
In the Francis Frith – Memories of Frimley Green was this comment:
“After The War: I lived at 257 Frimley Green Road – where Warrens’ garage now stands – 1942 to 1954. There was an air-raid shelter on the Green which we watched being demolished. Every Nov 5th there was a gigantic bonfire on the Green, fired by paraffin donated by Percy Warren; squaddies would come down from Deepcut and add to the tumult, one year detonating the Gents at the Rose & Thistle. Whenever I’m in the south I have a wander round the village, which has changed remarkably little; even The Mons is still there (or was in 2006) run by Mr Clapshaw, later by Mr Heap, who was one of the few shopkeepers who didn’t object (usually with good reason) to the village boys.”
And in Flickr, there was this comment:
“The Mons: I’ll have to research more when ‘The Mons’ closed. Wonder if it has recently been revealed after the removal of a more recent fascia. Even when I was growing up, private lending libraries were not ten a penny. Frimley Green, Surrey, 24th August 2009.”
I’ll ask Surrey Heath Museum if they know the history of this shop.