On the Left Ann Gadd nee House and Maureen Targett nee Hart, at the age of 11-12 years ie 1948,
both members of Madame Courtney's Accordian Band.
Copy of message From Madame in Ann House's Autograph Book
One of many certifiacte gained whilst at Madame Courtney's
Quartet taken in London at Westminster Hall (Competion )
Left to Right;- David Darvill, Ann House, Maureen Targett, Bill House, (no relation) dated 1953.approx.
Courtney & Walkers
1936/7 Norman Cecil Courtney 51 Fawcett Road
1939/40 Madam Courtney 51 Fawcett Road
1948/49 Norman Courtney 94 Somers Road
1951 Madam Courtney 94 Somers Road
1953 Madam Courtney 94 Somers Road
1956 Courtney and Walker 17 Arundle Street
1958/1960 Courtney and Walker 17 Arundle Street
1962 Courtney and Walker 261 Commercial Road
1964 Courtney and Walker 261 Commercial Road
1976 Courtney and Walker 261 Commercial Road
1990? Courtney and Walker Ltd 82-86 Elm Grove, Southsea Hampshire PO5 1LN
2000 to 2008 Courtney and Walker 113-115 New Rd Portsmouth, PO2 7QN 023 92661010
Both Jeff Walker's sons were brought into the business. Martin is slightly older but the younger Paul Walker
is the one mainly active in the business after it moved to New Rd and on from there. Martin is the keyboard player.
2009 and current address is;-
Courtney & Walker Ltd, 52 Morelands Road, Waterlooville, Hants. PO7 5PS
Telephone : 023 9224 1567
E-mail : email@example.com
Courtney and Walker are a family run company now in the third generation.
The history of the firm dates back to 1936 when Madam Courtney opened an accordian shop in Portsmouth called 'Courtney's Accordians'. Madame Dorothy and Norman Courtney.
Births Mar 1902 COURTNEY Norman Cecil Portsmouth 2b 391
Marriages Mar 1927 Courtney Norman C married Dorothy Dutton Portsmouth 2b 780
Births Mar 1929
Courtney Graham Dutton Portsmouth 2b 606
Births Dec 1930 Courtney Gillian Dutton Portsmouth 2b 639
Births Dec 1930 Courtney John D Dutton Portsmouth 2b 639
(Many Courtneys in the 1911 census)
In 1947 Wilfred Walker joined the company as co-teacher and in 1952 entered into the company and Courtney and Walker was formed.
For many years we were a specialist accordian firm, selling, repairing and teaching accordian.
Madam Courtney also had an accordian band. After this, under Jeff Walker (2nd generation) the firm took a direction as a general music shop.
The third generation run by Paul Walker and staff, sees the firm specialising in four distinct parts;
Woodwind and Brass
Violins and Strings
Pianos and Electric Pianos
Guitars (accoustic, classical and folk instruments)
And of course we also hold a huge range of accessories for all these instruments.
We have two on site workshops which provide excellent backup for the products we sell, with technicians specialising in brass, woodwind, stringed instruments and guitars.
Wilf Walker playing a Lowrey Organ, father of Jeff Walker
A floor show with Madam Courtney's Accordion Band, acciordion champion David Darville far left,
Wilf Walker at the piano, and Madam Courtney standing centre stage
Nobby Clark paino, Roy Beverley bass, Cyril Brown Tenor sax,
Les Spickernell guitar, Jeff Walker drums, Ted Chandler trumpet.
Ron Farrant accordion, Don ? bass, Charlie ? guitar, Jeff Walker drums
Tony Fitzgerald piano, Vic Bray bass, Dean Maddison, real name Bernard Wratten(white coat) sax,
Cyril Brown sax, Jeff Walker drums. 1965 at Sinah Warren, Hayling Island.