Fire at the Punch and Judy cafe in
the August of 1968 fire destroyed the Punch and Judy Cafe in Manor
Road which was owned at that time by Mrs Grace Sims.
It was attended by
the Cranborne Fire Appliance as Verwood did not have its own fire
station at that time.
The building was
eventually pulled down and replaced as an Estate Agents by local
businessman Brian Hall.
It was later extended
towards the main road and the northern shop after briefly becoming a
clothes shop became "Champagne", the Chinese take away which it
still is today (2017) alongside the Verwood Post Office.
Carole Hadley (nee
Clements) who in 1968 was then living at No. 5 Manor Road went to
buy some sweets and found it closed with the windows misted up which
she thought at the time was Windolene so that people could not look
In fact she didn't
realise it was smoke damage. She later discovered that a dog had
died in the fire and has always felt guilty that she may have been
able to raise the alarm earlier.