2. No. 63
This photograph shows No.63 when it was an off licence under the name of J.E. Morris. The Morris connection with this building goes back a long way, there are records of Frederick Morris, a Grocer and Tallow Chandler, trading from here in 1848. The building had been known as “Poplar Chase”, a name that is said to stem from the line of Poplars that lined the back drive up from Western Road.
As you can see the shop front is a fairly standard double fronted one and nothing like the Georgian style bow front that we see today. Many people think the Bow front is very old and it certainly has that feel and style; however, it only dates from around 1960. In recent years the shop traded as Strada, a pizza chain that renovated the bow front, and more latterly as Pizza Express.