The village stores were owned by the Kingsnorth family, they also had a shop and Post Office at Key Street when Key Street was a village. Borden Post Office was in the Barrow House on the corner of the Street, it was run by Mrs. Wood and her family and in later years it was transferred to the village shop.
At cherry picking time Mrs. Wood used to be sent a telegram from the wholesalers in London this had to be delivered to the farmer. I used to receive 3d to walk to Oad Street with a telegram for Mr. Greenlees and 2d for delivering locally to the farmers such as Hinges.
Next door to the village stores was a butcher’s shop, where Bay Tree house is now. At the back of the butchers was a slaughter house and it was pitiful listening to the animals who were waiting to be killed.
There was a public house called The Olive Branch in Wises Lane where Olive House now stands.
Mr. Winslow from Bredgar used to travel round the village selling his ice cream which he made in a shed at the bottom of his garden; he travelled with his horse and cart calling out ‘Hoki Poki’
Mr. Payne mended shoes in a little shed next to the Forge and next door to the Payne family lived Mrs. Gown who took in dressmaking.
The little shop opposite the church was run by Mrs. Grensted and her daughter. The shop sold a variety of things including sweets and clothing, if we wanted sweets such as aniseed balls they were put in a cone made out of newspaper (no paper bags in those days!)
Along the road was another little sweet shop at Yew cottage where we used to go for sweets on Wednesday afternoons when Mrs. Grensted was closed.
Mr. Hadaway had a carpenters shop at Harmans corner; he made ladders for the cherry pickers.
Mr. Bill Friday kept the roads clean and tidy working by himself. He used to walk up every day from his home in the town; he was never late and did his work with just a wheelbarrow and a few tools. He tidied on road at a time, cutting back verges and bushes as far out as Oad Street, Sunny hill, Chestnut Street, Wises lane and Hearts Delight. If Mr. Friday was working in the village on a cold day he would sit on the back of the Forge, in the warm to eat his lunch. He had permission to empty his barrow behind the hedges in the fields where he was working, when he finished for the day he would leave his barrow and tools in a safe place for the night. He was a very hard working man, he never married, and he lived alone and did not have any any relatives. Mr. Friday retired at sixty five years of age and very sadly a while later we read in the local paper that he had taken his own life at Bobbing.
Nurse Spears was the District Nurse and she lodged with us a Forge House, she came from Somerset and joined a musical group, she was always singing and she had a lovely voice. Nurse Spears married Bill Mills from Sunny Hill who was a widower with a son called Roger, later they had a girl called Christine.
The next District Nurse was Nurse Blend, she lived with her husband in the little cottage adjoining Appletree Cottage. Mr. Blend was fond of birds and other wild life especially swallows, he made cement nests for them and fixed them under the eaves of his cottage where he spent hours watching them every year.
Mr. Adams was the Hinges Farm Waggoner, he used to come clattering through the village at 4.30am in the mornings, with his wagon and two big Shire horses, on his way to work waking everyone up.
Marjorie Barrett nee Sherlock