Winton goes ice cream crazy
It wasn't a frosty reception when Winton got its
first ice cream parlour. They queued fifty yards down Wimborne
was opened towards the end of the First World War and gave local
people something brighter to talk about than the endless flow
of casualty figures being fed back from the battlefields of Northern
The barber's dream
The Ice Box, as it was called, was the brain child
of a man called Sydney Sly.
He had started off in Winton during the 1880's as
a barber, went on to own a general store and finally moved to
the Wimborne Road site virtually opposite Privet Road.
The queues formed after the news spread that ice
cream was being given away free.
And it wasn't just vanilla ice cream. As a patriotic
gesture it was being made in red white and blue.
The recipe used to make it was a closely guarded
One small boy ate so much that he collapsed and
had to be taken to hospital to have his stomach pumped out.
free handout went on for two days. After that, large tubs were
sold for a shilling and the Ice Box continued to be an attraction
for many years to come.
Other ice cream parlours followed, notably the one
in the Moderne Cinema and Forte's Ice Cream Parlour on the corner
of Latimer Road.