Merlin Carpets have traded on Church Road since 1983. At the time of writing they have two shops, No.281 and No.285.
No.281 - Merlin Carpets started at 281 Church Road in 1983. In the 1930s Miss Harris sold hats from this shop. From the early 1940s Mrs. Coles was the milliner here and traded at this location for many years. Her shop was still open for business in the early 1970s by which time the fashion for wearing hats had considerably declined!
In the mid '70s No.281 was used by Young Look, which advertised itself as 'for your up to the Minute Fashions'.