Monday, 28 September 2015

Brownies Buttons and Bows

Our Kitchen was designed on an old habadashery display cabinet, the old man was a Smithfield wholesale meat trader nd our Mum brought up in Alscot Rd Bermondsey came from a family of Haberdashers amongst other things, our Grandad Danny Barret had the habadashery stall in the Peckham Arcade and Bromley North market on Thursdays in South London, our mum and her brothers grew up working the stalls in Peckham and Bromley. Our Uncle still has the habadashery stall in Bromley high St every Saturday.

In Later life our Mum Helen Barret/Yardley set up her own habadashery stall in Bromley indoor market, much to her brother Dennis' disgust as I remember, money can bring out the best and worst in people, if the intention is purely financial it invariably ends negatively. Brownies Buttons and Bows, Brownie was a name given to Mum by her dear friend Helen Hughes, previously one of the Bursars of Horniman's museum, mum wore a lot of dark brown in her younger years hence the nickname, our kitchen is designed around her display cabinets made from hardwood, all of the shelves were drawers for ribbons cottons and zips with a glass top, lovely old handles.

Our kitchen is pretty much a mirror image of those display cabinets.


Brownie, Helen Patricia Yardley 1946 - 1991


Danny Barret, middle, Greece 1960s