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It is time to move on. We are now at the end of the Bishopric. Crossing the road to West Street, the town’s main shopping street, we find ourselves immediately in Tansley & Cooke. This was another dual purpose store. Electrical goods downstairs. Upstairs to the record department with racks of albums, singles by the counter and listening booths. We must have gone through a timeshift to 1973 because the walls are festooned with the sleeves and posters for the Beatles 1962 – 66 and 1967 – 70 (Red & Blue) compilations and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. I think I mostly bought singles in Tansley & Cooke, one of which I believe was Champs Boys disco version of Tubular Bells (blue plastic embossed Philips label) in 1976, which shrunk Mike Oldfield’s album length masterpiece to about 4 minutes and married it to the bassline from Donna Summer’s Love To Love You Baby.


FEBRUARY 18, 2016 AT 8:06 PM

Thanks so much Alan. Tansley & Cooke! Sounds Groovy! Music Lovers! All formative influences in my own record collection. I can confirm the shop opposite Woollies was Martins (I would remember that). Before Swan Walk when Boots was opposite Timothy Whites at th top of West Street it had a couple of record carousels I used to browse. The market stall furnished me with several alleged bootlegs, mostly completely unlistenable! Good memorie

Chris Comber

Hi Rob.I was records manager from 1965 until 1972 We were very successful. I had previously been in the RMB..greetings Jennie.

Rob Wood

Chris Comber For many of us of a certain age, Tansley & Cooke and yourself will remain remembered as will what we bought there even on the day of release - the days of Pet Sounds, Sgt Pepper, Disraeli Gears and many more.

Jen Steele

I worked at Tansley and Cooke record department in the early 1970s. They changed their name to Colourvision Rentals when Colour TVs became available and we sold every one we could get. I remember we were more or less opposite Sainsburys and the pedestrian crossing but I think both have moved. They extended the shop after buying the shop next door. The shop was then so large it was too big for the stock so the firm sold it and moved to Sussex Road. I think I left around that time so I am not sure where it moved to.


Dave Harwood
23 Oct 2023 at 03:56
I found this advert in the ‘Bognor Regis Observer’ dated 18th December 1958: “VISIT THE RECORD BROWSERIES AT BOGNOR & CHICHESTER. SELF-SERVICE RECORD CENTRES, TANSLEY & COOKE, 3-4 ODEON BUILDINGS, BOGNOR REGIS. Tel. 3221/3.”



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