6 thoughts on “Norton High Street c1968

  1. During the War years and after, the sweet shop was owned by a Mrs Whitehad. She lived at 1 Oakwell Road and not at the sweet shop. The shop was passed onto her daughter Dorothy Angus (nee Whitehad). I can remember Dorothy as a bus conductress and Mr Whitehad was a Cartwright. Anybody remembering the Blacksmith on the Green putting the metal rims on the wooden wheels for horse drawn carts outside his workshop, these were made by Mr Whitehead.


  2. Walking back to school, Norton Board, just before the war after lunch at home. Mother having given me a penny I called in Miss Fosters on the Green for sweets with a pal. Much to my horror he did ask Miss Foster for sweets he knew were under the counter whilst snatching two bags from the top of the counter as she looked for them. The sweets were prepacked in paper cones in halfpenny or penny sizes and laid out in boxes on top of the counter. Miss Foster looked up just as he put them in his pocket and then accused us both of stealing. We both had to turn our pockets out and although I did not have any she told my mother as well as his mother. The punishment was dire even though I said not having sweets in my pocket was proof I had not done it. I stayed well clear of him after that. I had a horror of being wrongly accused for a long time after.


  3. The door on the left led to the sweet shop, yes. On my arrival as a 9 year old in Norton from the Carlisle area in September 1969, I was introduced to this sweet shop by school friends from Norton High Street school. The large woman serving was referred to as “Piggy” and the shop as “Piggy’s” and I remember being shocked to discover that other children were sending “Piggy” to the top shelves on her ladder for one of those large glass bottles of sweets, whilst they stole sweets from the front of the counter. Naughty!


  4. I used to buy liquorice sticks in that sweet shop on my way to school – the chewy “wooden” variety rather than the refined black ones.


  5. An addition to my earler comment on this line of ex “Paradise”Cottages, now shops. The door far left once led to a old-world sweet shop , with the front room or parlour the shop, the owner(s) coming through a curtain from the living room to serve. Harlands shoe-Maker /repairer is celebrating its 90th year in the village 1917-2007. Shoe makers in the village have top priority regarding accomadation in the FOX-ALMSHOUSE due to the benefactor Mr John Fox , receiving finacial help by Mr Page-Page of Red-House, a Master Tanner ,when John Fox started up as Brewer in the Village. On this site a couple of weeks ago there was info on Walter-Willson Ltd, Grocer. In this photo the original “Golden Balls” of that company are still in place above the canopy, the shop at this time a ladies hairdesser”s. The end shop far right was Miss McLaughlan Baby Linen and Draper. The tree in foreground one of the “Marker Trees” of Norton-Lane was felled late 2006, due to disease and pollution


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