35, High Street – Nikolas Patrick Premier Watch Dealer & Jewellers

35, High Street – Nikolas Patrick Premier Watch Dealer & Jewellers www.nikolaspatrick.co.uk/

Standing directly across the street from the Queen’s Head pub, Ye Olde Cherry Tree billed itself as a tea and coffee tavern, and old photographs reveal varying street signage in the Temperance tradition: “Tea and Coffee Tavern”, “Tea Gardens: Teas provided for large or small parties”, “Tea Refreshment Rooms” and the advertisement of “Camden Mineral Waters”. The front window also bore the sign “Cyclists’ Rest” – also aimed at healthy-living trippers.

The business first appears in the records in the late 1880s: Strong’s Directory of Bromley directory of 1887 lists the Cherry Tree Coffee Tavern under the management of Herbert Holloway, who also had a bakery business in Bromley.

Mr Holloway appears to have moved over from the short-lived Temperance Coffee Tavern further down the High Street, which also places the Cherry Tree in the Temperance tradition, as befits Chislehurst’s strong Methodist history.
Later local directories (Kelly’s Directory from 1909 to c. 1940) list restaurants on this spot, but by the late 1950s, the trade directory shows this building had been converted to non-food use, housing antiques dealer Christy’s of Kent and, most recently, jeweller Nikolas Patrick.

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