Eric Snook's Toyshop, Bath

A relative of my late grandfather passed away last year. He was Eric Snook, the owner and founder of Eric Snook's Toyshop with a store in Bath and another in Covent Garden. 

I remember this shop so well, as a child visiting from Africa we would often pop into Bath while staying with family in the West Country. Every time we visited the city we would pop in to Eric Snook's. He took utter pride in selling rare, collectable and specialist toys, including a huge range of Steiff bears... I had a full trunk of them all beautifully sewn and collectable, they would sit on a shelf that ran the permitter of my bedroom in South Africa - with an apt sign on the door engraved "The Toy Shop." Years later, preparing to leave the continent, my father dropped off the chest of bears at the dump. Yup. 

Anyway, while in Bath we popped in to Eric's shop but alas no enticing bears to replace my collection.