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27 March 2017

Eyles the grocers, and 'lights' for the cat

Our reader 'Greyfox' discovered this blog of Fred's diaries very recently, in March 2017, and has already read through the diaries to the present date. Greyfox has offered numerous snippets of information, which we've added to individual entries. Here are two more, on names and on cats' food, often mentioned by Fred. Greyfox writes...

There are several mentions of Eyles, the grocers. I have looked on the 1939 Register & found a George Eyles (grocer & provision dealer) living with his wife Alice (Post Office clerk & domestic duties) at 421 Kingston Road. This became Wimbedon Chase Post Office but has now closed.

Cat food: lights were lungs. I can well remember the disgusting smell when they were being boiled for the family cat in the 1950s & 60s. Once boiled they were grey & solid – like a very firm rubber. Fred paid 6d a pound for them, equivalent to about £1.05 now.

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