Northwood’s Historic War Memorial and Bowleys Shoe Shop: A Nostalgic Reflection
In the heart of Northwood, on Green Lane at the junction with Maxwell Road stands a symbol of remembrance and honour—the Northwood War Memorial. Erected in February 1921, the monument serves as a reminder to residents of the sacrifices made during World War II.
Adjacent to the memorial once stood Bowleys, a beloved family-owned shoe shop that was an integral part of Northwood’s community since the 1960s. For decades, Bowleys offered quality products and personalised service to the community both in Northwood and Stanmore where the family had another branch. The shop’s presence next to the war memorial added a sense of historical significance and reverence to the area.
However, in a changing retail landscape, Bowleys eventually closed its doors two years ago, marking the end of an era. In its place, Robsons Estate Agents, a well-established local business, recognised the value of the location and decided to acquire the premises in 2021. Robsons, which first commenced operations in Northwood in 1962 from a modest site office in Eastbury Farm, saw an opportunity to further contribute to the development of the area.
Since taking over the unit, Robsons has undertaken significant refurbishments to the two-story, 2,500-square-foot building.
As the Northwood War Memorial stands as a silent witness to the sacrifices made by previous generations, the evolution of the adjacent building serves as a testament to the town’s ability to embrace new opportunities. Together, they form an enduring legacy that captures Northwood’s rich history and its unwavering determination to forge ahead into the future.
The Gate: A Historic Pub Welcoming Visitors for Centuries
This Grade II listed building is known as The Gate, a popular pub that has been part of the community with origins dating back to the 1800s.
The Gate holds a unique position as both a historic landmark and a contemporary hotspot, drawing in patrons with its captivating blend of tradition and modernity. The pub’s enduring popularity can be attributed not only to its picturesque setting but also to its reputation for serving lovely food, including its very popular Sunday roasts. As visitors flock to the nearby Warner Bros Studio Tour, The Gate has become a favoured destination for those seeking a satisfying meal and a cosy atmosphere.