Shopping trip of the 1970s
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!