STAR POem: New Road – a la Kelly’s Directory, 1972

By John Pearson


New Road, place of the Doll’s Hospital

with Jack Grant Racing to Parham and Sons

furniture removals shifting towards Marriott’s,

upholsterers, lino and carpet dealers.


Mile End School of Motoring driving

people to the New Road Wine Store

and the Salutation taking in the

sweet scent of Madam’s Blooms.


Bennett’s musical instruments muted

by the Knit Two wool shop, patterned

and peddled by Carter and Hall, cycle agents,

in tandem the Christian Bookshop – bible depot.


Paige’s fishing tackle dealers

reeling in patients of Dr McLeod,

family GP, physician, and surgeon,

prescriptions written out by his wife.


Burma Bill of the launderette washing

the blood-stained whites of Eaton, A, butcher.

DM Décor supplying white paint and wall paper,

hiding the sordid cracks of Buckland.


Arthur’s Fish Bar alongside Pearson and Sons

respectable printers, stationers, and bookbinders

collated with Miss Gibbs the second-hand bookseller,

cat lover and member of the RSPCA.


Harry Hewitt, proprietor of the pawnbroker’s,

uncle to the great unwashed of Buckland

who spent their money at the Stag Hotel

and the Mermaid Public House.


Finally, along this once prosperous road

we wind up with Robin Martin, watchmaker,

clock repairer and the gate-keeper of time

opposite Baker, Wm J Parochial Cemetery Gate Keeper.