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(April 25, 2015) Hendon Central, NW4 was Hounsom who had an excellent selection of records. In the mid sixties the branch of WH Smith at Hendon Central also started to stock records. Comment:
Bernard Glicksman.
From 1969 to 1974 I worked at Hendon Town Hall. After work on a Friday on my way home I would pop into Hounsom for a browse and ,usually, a purchase.It was a great start to the weekend !

D.S. Farrow was at No. 22a Watford Way; next door to Hounsom Ltd, which was Hendon Central's main music shop throughout the 30's 40's 50's and 60's. I had bought many a 78 record from there.A few doors up at 26 and 26a was M. S. Lukin which was a 'Music Studio'.

March 29, 2009 ยท
Actually I bought 2 together. In 1966 singles cost 7 shillings. I won a 10 shillings voucher from Smiths Crisps, and my mother kindly gave me a 4 shilling top-up. I dashed to Hounsom's record shop at Hendon Central and bought "Monday Monday" by the Mamas and Papas and "Daydream" by The Lovin' Spoonful. I don't wish to boast, but for an 8-year old those weren't bad choices.Tim Holman

When I knew Hounsom's in the mid-70s it was run by a brother and sister, Dudley Farrow and Miss Farrow (I never learned her first name, she was always 'Miss Farrow' in the shop), assisted by a Mr Langley who worked in the back room doing radio and television repairs. The shop must have closed some time in the mid-80s.
Andrew Hunter


Rebecca Hounsom
22 Sep 2023 at 08:26
Hi - does anyone know why it was called Hounsom’s - this is my surname and I very rarely come across other instances of the name. Any information would be great! Thanks.
Dave Harwood
23 Oct 2023 at 02:18
I found this advert in the ‘Hendon & Finchley Times’ dated 4th December 1931: “HOUNSOM’S MUSIC HOUSE, OVER 7,000 RECORDS IN STOCK. ERNEST HOUNSOM, 22, WATFORD WAY, HENDON CENTRAL, Telephone: Hendon 8921. N.W.4.”



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