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This is the page for 78 and 78a Cowley Road.

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February 2017
2015: A view of 78a by artist Eleanor Greenhalgh. Its two neighbours are visible: Quarterhorse Coffee at number 76 (closed in 2016), and Door 74 at number 74 (also closed in 2016).
2008: A photo of The Beauty Parlour by Ceridwen from geograph.co.uk
1995: 78a One of the items displayed in the window of Unikki. Ptographed by Martin Stott
1995: 78a Photographed by Martin Stott
1995: Upholsterers at number 78 photographed by Martin Stott

December 2018-present

Now trading as Zaid Supermarket


The Alamir Store Middle Eastern deli has been going strong at this address for around 8 years. Its window displays are always crammed with trays of Baklava and other treats, with wooden crates of fruit and veg outside.

Upstairs it retains the original, delicate sash windows which used to be visible next door at 76 before replacement with double glazing.



A photo by ceridwen from geograph.org.uk shows the shop in use as 'The Beauty Parlour', painted bright yellow.


Uniikki clothes shop, run by Raija. See Isolarion by James Attlee "Of Music and Cannibalism". Founded in 1995 by Bridget Wheatley (see No 38)


 ?1980s - 1990s

Rainbows End comic book store. (Thomsons Directory 1984 No 78, 1991 No 78a.) It appears it was in a location prior to this which can be seen in [https://www.flickr.com/photos/machadobrazil/3862976340/in/album-72157622152156180/ this Flickr photo].

1972 - present

This was originally part of WS Cooke and Sons refurbishers, which is still open in the back part of the same building on Temple Street.

1954 - 1972

Kellys Directory 1954 to 1972 J W Reeve & Co sanitary equipment

1920s - 1952

Kellys Directory 1934 and 1952 Henry William Harris, outfitter
Kellys Directory 1920 Harris Bros, wardrobe

Before then?

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