Sunday, 11 September 2011

PG Creed (Hardware)

I don’t know why I bother to go to B&Q. My shed needed repairs and I had already, foolishly, purchased two packs of two shed door hinges on a whim whilst browsing through Wilkinsons in Ilford. The thing is I only needed 3 hinges so now I’ve got one spare. But back to B&Q. I already had enough roofing felt on a part used roll so all I needed was a generous handful of ½" clouts. I also wanted a plain brass escutchion, as the missus had stripped the front door, stained and varnished it. So, the ½" clouts come in a 2 Kilo bag and the escutchions come in pairs. Grrrr! I left empty handed and then remembered PG Creed. It’s not far from Newbury Park and it cost me 60p to park outside The Joker Public House, but it was worth it. Who says Pay & Display puts shoppers off.

It is a veritable Alladin’s Cave for the enthusiastic handyman. It probably hasn’t changed much in 50 years or more. Just like my first experience of a hardware shop in Seven Sisters Road back in the 1960s. Behind the counter is a wall of drawers containing everything you are ever likely to need or want and the service is brill – they know their stuff. Out came a generous handfull of clouts which were weighed and priced. Then a drawer full of escutchions – I’ll have that one I said. I noticed that they sell hinges in whatever quantity you want. I had a wander round and bought some more stuff. I know where I will be going next time out.

Where are they? They are in Cameron Road opposite Seven Kings railway station. Long may they stay.


  1. Creeds. Whatever you need it's rare that they haven't got a little wooden drawer with just the thing. Good range of tools, garden things & household items you thought nobody sold anymore too.

    If they can't do what you need in terms of hardware & tools, try Crooks by Chadwell Heath next door to the public car park behind the Mecca in Chadwell Heath. Doesn't look like a shop from the outside & probably caters more to the trade but seems to have a huge range of tools etc. "2 towbar ball bolts, please" I said. I thought £2.50 for the pair was pretty good to have someone identify exactly what I needed & have them ready to hand.

  2. Thanks for the tip on Crooks. I'll check them out.

  3. Creeds in Seven Kings is just great! I have used them for years and years and years - and even more than that. The great thing is that you do not need to know what the thingy you want is called - just describe it and they will find it. We bought a garlic plant there last summer and enjoyed growing it so much that we are now growing five different varieties of garlic in pots in our back garden - all bought on line from the Isle of Wight. And a former 1st Aldborough Hatch (St. Peter's) Scout Group member - now a garlic farmer in Australia - is offering advice. I have shared some of the garlic bulbs with two friends in Aldborough Hatch who are also now garlic farmers! All becaue of Creeds!