Bike and battery shop
Contributed by eric on Nov. 28, 2016
Not this building, but when I lived in Aldgate at the age of 11 or so (1947) there was a wide pavement here along which I would walk to get a bus to school. There were shops all along this side of Whitechapel High Street, and I was sent on errands on one or two occasions. I do not remember the shop by name, but it sold bits for bicycles and provided a battery-charging service.
In our home nearby in Gower's Walk, we had an old radio, not mains-powered, but powered by a glass battery containing an acid of some sort and electrodes. I had to take the battery there and fetch it when charged.
On another occasion I had broken a ratchet in the free-wheel cog of my first adult bicycle, and I went to see if they had a spare one. My father told me to ask for a 'pawl', which was its proper engineering name. The shopkeeper didn't know what I was talking about, and I remember him asking 'do you want a pulley, sonny?'