George Moore Menswear - Bowes Park, N22
Here is an update on one of the first shops ever featured on this website when I noticed it ten years ago and I have watched it slowly deteriorate over the years. This menswear shop has a fully stocked window display but it looks like the shop simply closed one day several years ago and unexpectedly didn't open the next day.
Gary Cook writes to Derelict London:"the gentleman concerned is George D Moore, he is still alive and kicking but only opens once or twice a month, this is due to some kind of council tax rebate; if he keeps stock in the window he gets some sort of discount as he still lives upstairs. I remember as a child going to the local chippy about 10 doors down and on my way back eating my 6d (2 1/2 pence) worth of chips, I would stand and stare at his motorised revolving cufflink stand that was always in the front window with the cheap stones reflecting in the shop lights,its not there any more, it must have given up the ghost, however he has not, he must be about 75- 80 now , a mad nostalgic friend of mine always trys to buy a shirt or a pair of underpants to give him some trade but is always turned away, so much for supporting your local store eh!. Any way great site and keep up the great work, this is one of the nets great and very interesting nostalgic sites."
Interesting comments from Gary but actually, George Moore was the original propreitor from 1942 and his son,Brian took over in the late 1960s when his dad passed away. Trade slowed down and Brian retired around 1999 and he simply just left all the stock in the window.A gesture of defiance or just sentimentality? He lived in the property until recently and the the mould is really setting in on the fading window display along with a few spider webs and the roof is in poor condition. The window above the shop was boarded up after the original window and its frame fell out onto the street. The style of the goods in the window suggest that they are much older than from 1999.
The shop raises quite a few emotions in the area. Some love that its a museum piece and others who I came across when working in the area in 2006 said the shop looked awful and the owner has no regard for his once impressive building and its bringing the tone of the neighbourhood down.
The shop has recently been taken over by ex-Killing Joke keyboard player Nick Holywell-Walker who is planning restoration and deciding what to do with the building (and it's window display). The main sign now looks like its been cleaned up and shows the original pre George Moore sign for a shop called Richards.