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A postcard from New Cross Inn, Deptford by tmrother

An old postcard from the late 1940’s, received from my Deptford friend Joseph, when he just crossed the Channel and rented a small 10’x 10′ dark room in the Inn. He was of course freezing in the so called English summer, but the heating required a Shilling to be put in the slot.
The shower down the corridor was also coin operated, so he would used the bucket in the yard. At least beer was cheap in those good old days. He was working in the ‘Deptford Royal Dockyards’, where majority of Deptford men was slavering. The dockyard (renamed Convoys) closed around 1975 leaving him penniless. He opened a Fish and Chips stand on High Street (using Thames River fish only) a prospered. Most of his customer died slowly from the heavy metal content of the fish, but on the bright site, he always got new customers. As Deptford gentrified, he said the heck with tradition and started a ‘Joshi Sushi’ (using the same source for the fish). He now owns the New Cross Inn and several houses in the neighbourhood. The moral of the story? Fish is good for you! Interestingly, Deptford population steadily declined after 1975….

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