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“In the high street”

Walk This Way - Military Surplus Store
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Ongar, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“In the high street”
Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

Great find this shop in the high street. We were just browsing but made very welcome by the owner and invited us downstairs to his basement to see his impressive collection of war memorabilia. Thank you.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Which War was that again?”
Reviewed 25 May 2013

There are many reasons for visiting Coldstream. Some of them turn into reasons for leaving fairly quickly, though meals at the Besom are enjoyably good value and the small garden overlooking the Tweed across the road from the pub is worth a gentle admire in most seasons. One place in Coldstream should be on the list of 'see before you die' cultural gems, and before you start, no it isn't the Hirschel and its monument to Sir Alec Douglas Hume, MP for Knutsford, etc... Nor is it the Coldstream Guardsman on top of the giant column which dominates the town from the south. Because of the rolled up newspaper he is brandishing in front of himself, he gets listed beside Warrington's amazing statue of Oliver Cromwell, and forms part of a separate trail.
Coldstream's major contribution to removing the boredom of tourism is the Walk this Way military boutique and museum at 60 High Street {www.walkthisway.co.uk}. The cellar of the shop used to be the officer's quarters of the original regiment of Guards in the 17th Century. In those days the Guards were a bit like the Ghurkas are today... poor people from very remote parts who have been persuaded to fight for the British. They apparently used to keep their officers underground, according to the shopkeeper. I disagree a little with him here because the important officers came from the Hirschel (sorry about the German spelling) up the road, probably, and spent most of their time in London. Historical accuracy, aside the museum is wonderful. It has a proper 'war cabinet' room, with window mannequin WAAFs and a genuine portrait of Churchill, an Anderson shelter, complete with TV and special baby sized 'full body' gas mask, and a seventeenth century bread oven with a World War II american military radio station installed in the chimney. All this is free. And upstairs is a souvenir shop stocked with very reasonably priced military and civilian surplus gear for wearing in the garden, in the winter, at the agricultural show, in the fancy dress party and at your favorite political demonstration. Everything at reasonable prices, and a shopkeeper willing to bargain.
Go there quick before it becomes part of an Independent Scotland and loses its sense of humour.

Visited May 2013
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Swinton, United Kingdom
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“My local store”
Reviewed 3 November 2012

Not been in for a while but whenever I do I am always made welcome . Great stock for such a small shop. Always come away with something. Very friendly owner who is willing to chat about anything. Small museum downstairs is his pride and joy - very interesting. Have always found a good selection of unusual items. Call in you will enjoy the visit.
Doug from Swinton

Visited December 2011
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