The department store Nicholls was the brain child of C Nicholls on his de-mob from the RAF, after service 5 1/2 years as a wireless operator in Bomber Command.

He found a work shop in the then Silver Cafe, in Lower Road.  The business of repairing radios and electrical appliances flourished - read on...........

Nicholls of Chinnor
4 Thame Road
Telephone Kingston Blount 51294

Chinnor Chronicle September 1982 Issue 284 price 15p

LONDIS in Chinnor

Tucked away in the middle of the Mill Lane estate in Middle Way itself the last two remaining shop units have been taken up by Londis.

Mr Paul King the proprietor of Londis, has previous experience of running a village shop of this nature and is anxious to provide his customers with that which they require. The shop is light and airy and very well laid out.  Everywhere there is a feeling of space – a trolly or pushchair can easily be wheeled around without fear of dismantling and taking half of the contents of a shelf with you, in fact plenty of room to keep baby’s hands well away from those irresistible bottles.

Most basic commodities are obtainable and at a very reasonable price together with a fresh meat, vegetables, fruit and cheese.

There is a delicatessen section and hopefully too there will also soon be an off-licence.

So come on all you others how about a stroll up the other end of the village 

Chinnor Post Office

Chinnor has benefitted from it own Post Office for years.  It has moved from its original setting in the small shopping parade to its current location in Keens Lane Chinnor.  The Post Office has always provided a valuable service to residents from the purchasing of stamps, pension day collection, parcels, letters and nowadays passport photos.

The Post Office has changed hands over time and in the document below are details of change of ownership by Mr Sharp, and leasing it to Mrs Hill.


CHINNOR HIGH STREET (East side) No.27 (Dillamores) (Formerly listed as Nos. 20, 31 (Heathercroft), 24, 26 (Rose Villa),25, premises adjoining No.28, 27 (Shop House))

House. Formerly house and shop. Probably mid C17, with C18 front and other alterations, C19 fenestration to front. Render, probably on brick; old plain-tile roof; brick stacks to rear. Complex plan. 2 storeys and attic; 2-window range. C19 sash door to centre with overlight. C19 bowed shop-windows with glazing bars, to left and right. Former shop name-board between ground and first floors. 4-pane unhorned sashes to first floor. 2 gabled full dormers. Left return: large timber framing with rendered infill to front range; grey brick with red brick dressings to rear. Interior: areas of timber framing visible.

Mrs Dillamore outside the shop in 1966

Mrs Dillamore outside the shop in 1966