Newhaven Town Centre

This was a fresh fruit and veg shop, much of which came from the London markets. The produce was mainly displayed outside on the street to attract customers.  The Parson family were known as a good hard working one. There was a good function room above the shop.  Parson's Corner is now the site of a taxi office.

Photo:Parson's Corner

Parson's Corner

Courtesy of: Newhaven Historical Society

This page was added by Tom Baker on 12/06/2007.
Comments about this page

I regularly shopped here for my fruit and veg and the staff were always very helpful. If I returned home and found that I have some bruised fruit, then they would always replace it.
Does anyone else have any memories of this shop or other shops in Newhaven?

By Sylvia Woolford
On 22/08/2007

I met my husband Andrew Gibbs when we both worked part-time in Parsons in 1979. We worked with Ken and Sis Parsons, Dot Parsons, Adam Poulton, Peggy Pearson and Jean Woolgar. Andrew worked there full-time when he left school for a while and made deliveries with Ken and sometimes ran the shop for him. We have now been married 23 years and have 2 children.

By Carol Gibbs
On 10/10/2007

My son, Craig McIntyre, remembers being caught "taking" some fruit from the front display by Ken Parsons. He was about five at the time and has thanked Ken ever since for catching him as it taught him a sharp lesson. Craig is now a Staff Sergeant in the 9th/12th Lancers and has served two terms in Iraq.

By Reigna Mitchell
On 21/12/2007

The 'function room' upstairs became Jean Cantell's Studio Tempo Dance School.

By Rob Patten
On 04/06/2008

I worked at Parsons part-time for about a year in 1978/79. I remember Andrew, Sis, Dot and Peggy, also the lovely cream cakes Ken Parsons used to buy for all the staff on a saturday morning!

By Liz Andrews ( nee Foord)
On 02/06/2009

I remember working with Andy in the late 70s early 80s, Ken was great to work for, and the Belgian buns on a Saturday morning were great.


By Adam Poulton
On 02/09/2022

If you're already a registered user of this site, please login using the form on the left-hand side of this page.