Shop­ping trip of the 1970s

Let's Talk - - Postbag - S IN­GLE Wy­mond­ham, Nor­folk

Fur­ther to my let­ter ( March is­sue) re­gard­ing shops in the 1970s, I for­got to men­tion the Co- op in St Stephen’s Street, Nor­wich, the place to go to see Fa­ther Christ­mas. And there was Courts, where ev­ery­one bought their fur­ni­ture.

For my next look back at shops, I go from D to L, with more to come later!

Dales Dis­count Store was on Mag­dalen Street. I loved this shop. I re­mem­ber they sold lots of items at 19p, pack­ets of bath cubes, glass ash­trays, ini­tialled han­kies, boxes of Match­mak­ers, Nu­lon hand cream and Three Wishes bath foam. My pocket money was 25p, so each week I could buy a present and have change. This was no doubt spent at the Odeon for the Su­per Satur­day morn­ing pic­tures.

Eastern Elec­tric­ity Board, Davey Place. This is where I used to go to pay my elec­tric­ity bills over the counter. The shop sold cook­ers, heaters, clean­ers etc.

Fads wall­pa­per shop was on Cas­tle Meadow. I don’t re­mem­ber shop­ping there, my deal­ings with wall­pa­per only ex­tended to cov­er­ing my rough jot­ter and other school books.

Gale and Ga­leys was the hand­ware store and on Lon­don Street was Gar­lands, a de­part­ment store. I re­mem­ber the fire of 1972. I had been in the city that day and could see great plumes of smoke, even from home.

The Green Shield Stamp redemption show­room was on Prince of Wales Road and Habi­tat was in Lon­don Street. The ground floor en­trance con­sisted of two es­ca­la­tors tak­ing you to glass­ware, crock­ery, kitchen­ware, fur­ni­ture, rugs, toys and bed­ding and tow­els.

There was Hep­worth’s menswear and Hovells, a maze of a store on Bed­ford Street, full of bas­ket­ware and gifts. There were chairs, roller blinds, picnic ham­pers and all sorts. I re­mem­ber the smell most of all, a homely wood­i­ness.

There were the In­ter­na­tional Stores and John the Butcher at the Back of the Inns. I think Matthews tea­room stood there once. The butch­ers was al­ways busy. The sight of un­wrapped meat, blood and saw­dust was nor­mal then. There was a butcher on Tomb­land that used to have pheas­ants and rab­bits hang­ing on a rail out­side.

There was Kings­bury car­pets and fur­ni­ture and Lady at Lord John, a clothes shop on Red Lion Street. I don’t re­mem­ber where Lord John was!

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