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The original travelling salesmen

Hello there. Many people think that the Grunty Fen General Stores have been here for ever! But before my sister and I took over the little post office Grunty Fen was visited by characters such as this gentleman who would deliver and sell all matters of comestibles.  Everything from cement to elastic for under-clothing. Just you read the chapter on Old Rep in Christopher South’s latest book.

I learn something new every time I pick it up!


Best of Dennis Volume 5 is reissued


The cassette version of volume 5 featured Dennis with one of his rude root pictures.

We are all very pleased at Grunty Fen to hear that Dennis’s shop is now able to supply the Best Of Dennis Vol 5 on CD or a digital download. This is a collection of Dennis episodes originally released on cassette tapes.

To quote Mr South “This compilation features a wide variety of subjects involving mince, custard and gravy, army life, tortoises, the mysterious spirituality of the hadnabinfers, strange offerings in supermarkets, Gran’s bloomers, budgie cages and the light harvest festival. ”

Dennis spoke  on several occasions about the hadnabinfer problem but I’m no closer to an understanding. Listen to Volume 5 yourself and then perhaps you can explain it to me.

Volume 5 is only available from Dennis’s shop in this location.

Fond regards

Miss Edwards

Where to buy Customs and Folklore of Grunty Fen?

Hello everybody,

Mr South has been busy visiting shops and adding more locations from where his books may be purchased. Here is his little list:

Ely :
Burrows bookshop


Saffron Walden:
The Tourist Information Centre
Harts Books

St Ives (Cambridgeshire):
Just Cards and Thornton’s

Great Shelford:
Scotsdales Garden Centre

Soham Books

And of course you can buy direct from Dennis’ shop:

Or if you don’t mind paying the extra postage you can get it from Amazon:

So exciting!


It’s here! The new Grunty Fen Book!

Grunty Fennery and Mr South are delighted to announce that :

The Customs and Folklore of Grunty Fen

Customs and Folklore of Grunty Fen covers

is now available. This is the third book in the series written by Christopher South and is even more enjoyable than the previous two.

The nice young person, Annabel, at Burrows bookshop in Ely was the first to stock Customs closely followed by Toppings.  In Cambridge that lovely little bookshop, David’s, is your shop to visit for a copy.

Meanwhile, those lucky people that live in lovely Saffron Walden will be able to buy Customs locally; both the Tourist Information Centre and Harts Books now have stock.

And of course you can buy direct from Dennis’ shop:

Or if you don’t mind paying the extra postage you can get it from Amazon:

Thrilling isn’t it?

Best wishes

Miss Edwards
Grunty Fen Post Office and General Stores




A new book from Mr South

My nervous sister Miss Edna and I are thrilled to tell you that Mr South has finally written the third book in his series about Grunty Fen! Called The Customs and Folklore of Grunty Fen it’s currently being looked at for spelling and will be available this autumn.  I’m told that the book will indeed, using numerous pictures and words, describe the customs and folklore of Grunty Fen.

I’m particularly looking forward to the description of some of our local dances – “Celery Nellie” being a favourite of my youth and illustrated here (photo from Mr South’s latest book). I was not present on this particular occasion due to stocktaking.

We’re just giving you fair warning about the book at the moment – we’ll let you know once it’s published. Keep your eyes peeled!

Kindest regards
Miss Edwards
Grunty Fen Post Office and General Stores

Two more Dennis albums available!

We’re delighted to announce that there are now two more Dennis albums newly released in our shop!

The Best of Dennis Volume 2 is about how it took a week to thread a needle, Gran’s picnic,  the creepy crawly cruet,  mudmogs, Dennis’s letter from The Queen and a film star stuck in a drain.


The Best of Dennis Volume 3 is about the time Mr South got stuck in the privy, S-shaped rhubarb, Dennis’s Chinese dinner, taking Little Hayley to play in a music festival in Cambridge, and wart charming. Plus there are four songs to delight you: The Rhubarb March, Olly’s Spot, Queen Adelaide Waltz and Bird Song.

A must for all Dennis fans!

Please click here to go to the shop or click here to go straight to the page you need.

Supporting Local Business

All of us here at Grunty Fennery support local businesses where we can, and today we’d like to thank Maureen and Tom O’Connell for selling both Who’s Who in Grunty Fen and The Authorised Guide to Grunty Fen for us.

They’re pictured (above) outside their fabulous shop Just Cards and Thorntons on Bridge Street in St Ives.  It’s well worth a visit because they have not just cards and books, but a whole host of gifts and a mouthwatering selection of chocolates as well! You can visit their website here.

If you’re in St Ives and you know someone who’d appreciate Mr South’s books, Maureen and Tom will be glad to help you!