Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Stan Beare's Barbers Shop

Stan Beare's name appears over the years to have been changed by local word of mouth to Beard. This is probably understandable as he was Harlow’s longest serving Barber.

Not a lot seems to have been documented about Beare’s career but we do know from a newspaper clipping that he owned a barbers shop at Mulberry Green in the late 1920s.
Sometime after this Stan appears to have moved the business to New Road where he worked alongside his daughter Kathy.

After Stan Beare’s death it would appear that Kathy kept the business running herself for a while until her own death when the ownership of the Barber shop fell into the hands of Kathy’s husband Basil who I believe worked as a tractor driver on Soper’s Farm.

It is said that when the Cowlin’s were built the developer wanted to buy and demolish the shop to incorporate the land into the new development but Basil wasn’t interested in selling

Basil sadly died in late 2014 and with no children to hand the property onto it’s future is uncertain.

I’m not exactly sure how long the Barber shop has been derelict and unused but I did find a newspaper on the window sill dated April 1981.

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