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Name: John Lake.
Comment: The first records I recall buying were from Saville's of Bruce Grove & Dancys of Fore Street, Edmonton: Johnny Mathis's Chances Are, Sister Rossetta Tharpe's When The Saints Come Marching In, and Ray Bush and The Avon Cities Skiffle Band's This Little Light Of Mine. This was about the mid-1950s.

Name: David Lawson.
Comment: Savilles were a chain of music shops in London. I’m not sure when they opened a shop in Ilford but they were there until the early 1970s as far as I can recall. The Ilford shop was quite large and had racks for browsing but even more interesting was they had proper listening booths. These had folding glass doors and you could sit on benches and listen to your request. I have a distinct recollection of being with a friend of mine having asked the assistant to play us The Doors' Strange Days. This was a shop that also sold some instruments and sheet music.
(21 April 2015)

"[Mike Donaghue] joined the small London-based chain of Saville Pianos in 1954, as a service engineer. The chain was taken over by EMI in the mid-‘60s to be absorbed into the label’s HMV retail group, by which time Donaghue was managing its Ilford branch."
- from Former HMV manager Mike Donaghue dies, Music Week, 7 April 2017


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11 Church Street EN2 6AF Enfield / London
240 Hoe Street E17 3AX Walthamstow / London
365 Holloway Road N7 0RN Holloway / London
20 Cranbrook Road IG1 4DL Ilford / Essex
142 High Road N22 6EB Wood Green / London
4 Bruce Grove N17 6RA Tottenham / London
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