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Mike Batt brought his first single here Speingfields 'Island Of Dreams' form BBC interview in which he called the shop "Wigwhams".

( Jan 23, 2016) 70 High St. Winchester. Opened Dec 1909 close as music retailer Dec 1999. Worked there 1965-70 where helped to form Hi Fi dept with extra assistance in records. Presented 'Record Evenings' of new releases (mainly classical but some pop/light). A very memorable time there. Have a work in progress history in progress. Comments welcome.

I think I was there when Mike Batt came to the store. He may have been local. We also had Alan Freeman do a promo and earlier Winchester personalities were the Brook Brothers (bit before my time there but were still talked about in the 65-70 period.). Lots of classical connections with the shop. Phil Farlow. PS. The shop did actually get dubbed Wigwams in lighter moments ! P



Dave Harwood
11 Mar 2024 at 12:42
I found this address in the 'Portsmouth Evening News' dated 2nd May 1936: “Whitwam’s Music Salon, 70, High Street, Winchester.”
… and this classified advert in the 'Bookseller' dated 19th September 1981:
“WHITWAMS MUSIC LIMITED: Internal promotion within Hampshire's leading Music Store creates a vacancy for a Manager/Manageress. The Music Department, one of five retail sales departments, achieves success by offering a comprehensive stock and first class customer service. If you are prepared for the management of stock, sales and staff in the demanding environment of the 1980's your next step is to obtain full details of this post by 'phoning Whitwams Music on Winchester (0962) 65253.”



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