36 thoughts on “Farm Stores Butchers

  1. I remember Bob and Roger as a child. I was the youngest girl of John Raby and he used to take me to Rogers shop on Durham Road every Saturday morning where he used to let me use the mincer. Jackie his wife was always serving in the shop and Roger would give me a tanner when we were leaving. Roger and Jackie stil send Christmas cards to my mother Edna after all these years. I also remember going to see Bob but that is a vague memory but he always remembered me in later years.
    Has anybody out there got any photographs of my dad from all those years ago?

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  2. Love to see Halfords Bicycle shop because I can still remember my father who was the manager of the Farm Stores over the road from Halfords taking me for my first bicycle still wearing his white butchers coat.

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  3. When i was a younger person I can remember the Farm Stores shop in Dovecote Street being a busy time for my father and his staff. They used to kill and dress the Turkeys ready for Xmas and New Year – can’t imagine many people taking the bother to do that these days. I dont suppose health and safety would allow it either. Yet I never heard of anyone being ill eating these birds. The winters were maybe colder, we never had central heating to turn on but we still got the bus to town in deep snow to visit the busy Farm Stores which sold plenty of big family pies. We always had a brace of pheasants as a bonus and I still use the feathers to make trout flies which is my hobby. I always remember some men comeing into the shop last thing who had too much to drink and wanted to cause trouble. There was plenty of pubs in Dovecote street for them to fall out of though and Wednesday being Market day was always busy.

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  4. The new series on the BBC, Turn Back Time The High Street, brought back memories of all the work that my father and his staff used to do in the limited space that they had to make pies and black pudding and do all the boneing out ect. They certainly earned their money at the Farm Stores and from my memories everyone was happy.

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  5. Saturday teatime in winter – table pulled closer to the fire, dad checking his football pools on the wireless, eating lovely Farmstores warm Pork pies and peas. Happy days.

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  6. The Farm Stores window display has a pigs head in the left hand corner and five farm store paper carrier bags from left to right. The sausage hanging is finest pork sausage and finest beef. The various cuts of meat are advertised as Dairy Fed. There are bottles of OK sauce and right in the front of the window are packets with PINJAR on the label, I dont know what PINJAR is. Right in the middle of the window display is a vase full of daffodils. The Gift Shop over the road from the Farm Stores is reflected in the top right hand corner of the window. I used to go into the fridge where the full carcasses were hung and watch my father and the lads cutting the pork and beef up. Health and safety would shut the place down now. There was plenty of sawdust trailing out of the side door and into the White Hart over the road or into the Horse and Jockey after work. Days I will always remember.

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  7. I was the delivery driver for Farm Stores in the early sixties. My run from the Farm Stores Factory in Lofthouse Wakefield West Yorkshire included Stockton, West Hartlepool, Middlesborough and Redcar. I carried pork and beef (whole carcass) which had been slaughtered at Wakefield, also the products for each shop to make black pudding etc. I retired after 39 years with Asda as a Transport Manager with an abundance of memories. I even have an original Farm Stores blue and red paper bag!

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  8. Have just been reading the messages posted and delighted to see a contribution from George Wilkinson who was the first food manager at West Row.I can only endorse his sentiments about our time there.Not without it’s moments.

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  9. Doris was the first name of the lady cashier at the Farm Stores. Doris never married and she left quite a large sum of money to the church. I am the manager’s son and at closing time I can remember helping Doris cash up and three penny coins were among the sawdust on the floor.
    I was born in 1956 and remember Dovecote Street well .
    The outside of the building has not changed ,everytime I pass the side door in West-Row reminds me of the times I used to visit my father and all the staff who were great people.

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  10. I remember the Farm Stores having one person responsible for the till. I remember the lady who looked after the till had such a huge hooter and I used to see her at mass at St. Cuthberts on a sunday. The sales people transferred the money to the central till via an overhead mechanical shuttle system which went out from the central till to several locations in the shop where the sales people were serving. Each individual feeder had a small cylinder attached which housed the persons money and a receipt which when the lever was pulled shot the cylinder across to the person on the till who placed the receipt in the till and collected the right amount of change and sent it back with another corresponding pull on the lever letting the shuttle fly back to the counter. As a child I was always fascinated by this mechanical wonder as well as the lady with the huge conk, long since departed I think. This will of been around 1957/8.

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  11. My friends mother used to be a cashier on the tills at Queens in West Row. Mrs Snow was her name and I think she was called Nancy. Mr and Mrs Snow later went on to run the Oxbridge Workingmens Club.

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  12. I too remember going shopping at the Queens store, also family worked there in the 70s, it was located where Boyes stores now stands.

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  13. Ged Hutchinson will be suprised by Peter Boiston’s comments sent to the site in February this year. Roberts fish shop is closed and the building is up for sale. What a loss. Quality fish etc from Roberts always, wet or fried. The fried cods were stuff of legend, huge and delicious!

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  14. Finally got an answer to a longtime mystery! In the 70’s I used to shop at Queens Asda in West Row, Stockton on Tees. However, when I have asked many locals if they remember “The Queens” all have said they’ve never heard of it! Today I decided to Google it and found this site with a reference to “Queens” so thank you, I can now prove it/confirm it with my friends.

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  15. I was the Manager at West Row, Stockton and remember John Duncan the Non Food manager. The manager of the Farm Stores butchery department in the store was Alec Lonie, a dour Scot. John’s assistant manager was Arthur Hinchy who went on to manage Asda Stores in Dunfermline and my assistant manager, Mick Munton went to Asda Stores at Cambuslang as manager. I must say that I remember many, many happy days at Asda/Queens, when West Row was a very small cog in what has become a giant wheel.

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  16. I remember the Farm Stores and “Uncle Bob” Boiston, Roger and Bernard, shown in photo very well. My Father ,John Raby delivered meat to the Farm Stores, and Uncle Bob gave me a Saturday job painting the glaze on the pork pies when I was six. I was paid five shillings and would dash across to the toy shop in Dovecote Street to spend it. Happy Days!

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  17. I used to watch the butchers and my father cutting the beasts up and scrubbing the cutting tables down then spreading saw dust every where. I think health and safety would have something to say now.

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  18. A story I remember about the Farm Stores – Around the late forties when my sister Kathleen married she and her husband Jack lived with us at Oxbridge. Jack”s ration book was registered at the Farm Stores and about once a month he became entitled to a pork pie. My mother always made sure that my dad got the best possible “bait” to take to work and much to Kathleen”s annoyance he always got Jack”s pork pie until the day he told my mum, “for goodness sake stop giving me those pork pies I hate them and always give them away”. You can imagine my sister”s reaction!

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  19. You are right Bernard Garvey is on the left. His brother Peter started in Farm Stores and is still working at ASDA at Portrack Lane Stockton.Roger Cleaver is on the right.

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  20. Peter Asquith,his brother Fred worked in the family butchers in Pontefract,also Jack Hewitt.Associated Dairies who encompassed numerous subsiduaries including Farm Stores had their HQs in Kirkstall Rd Leeds.They rented out some office space to the Asquiths.Sir Noel Stockdale the then chairman of ASS Dairies then joined the fray.The Queens Supermarket became ASDA(AS(quith)DA(airies) When the West-Row branch opened in 1968 I was the non-food manager.Two other branches with exactly the same type of building opened at the same time,Bury,Barnsley. The rest is history as they say.But Farm-Stores was an integral part of the developement and I remember with great affection how tremendously loyal and efficient the staff were. ALSO….I think that Garvey is the surname of the chap on the left.I also believe that his younger brother worked for ASDA ???

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  21. I was down in Stockton on Tees after a walk along the Tees and the Barrage. I noticed some changes to the town and the upstairs where the Farm Stores stood is unchanged. I did notice the date being 1912, did the Co-op own this building at one time, I remember the Co-op Supermarket along to the left.

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  22. Went shopping in Stockton today thought i would have a look in Boyes in West Row .The shop is now empty where the Farm Stores was.I went into the jewellers next door and showed the owners my original photo that i was going to show the owners of the Bread shop.What with Roberts wet fish shop closing Stockton”s looking like a ghost town. Public houses are shutting everywhere .Seems as if every thing is being built along the river side. I wish they would let the Salmon swim up the Tees we might get some tourist trade into the Tees Valley ,instead of hoping the canoeists are going to come flooding to the Olympic White Water Course and fill the Hotels and shops in the area in 2012.

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  23. My aunties daughter worked in Timpsons the shoe shop in Dovecote Street. My father bought me my first push bike from Halfords, it lasted me years. The kids these days dont get a year out of a bike, they usually end up on a scrap heap. My father taught me different and I am glad my parents did, I was brought up to respect everything you got, and the people. I still do.

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  24. The Farm Stores – that takes me back a bit. I used to work at Smarts toy shop, almost opposite, in the 50s and we used to go across for hot pork pies for our break, they were delicious but would be frowned upon these days as they were dripping in juice and fat. I am still here so they didnt do me any harm.

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  25. My father lived at 4 Mill Lane. My brother and sister were born there. My parents then got a new house at Roseworth where I was born and still live today.

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  26. A story comes to mind. When Dad built the air raid shelter in the garden at 5 Mill Lane Norton he built it big enough for the people round the yard, as we called it, to join us during raids. Bob”s mother was quite old and rather stout. The problem was as a blast guard dad had made a short tunnel at right angles to the door of the shelter. The first time the bombers came over a mad rush into the shelter was halted by Mrs Boiston getting stuck in the tunnel. The added effect of a drop into the shelter did not help. I was pulling, dad was pushing and it was turmoil. With a plop she landed and with everyone in we fell into helpless laughter as someone asked what if they had dropped a bomb. On the all clear dad dismantled the tunnel to get Mrs Boiston out and we never saw her come in again, she stayed in bed, as did I, when allowed or missed in the mad rush.

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  27. I remember the Queen”s Supermarket in West Row before it reverted to Asda. The check-outs used to be opposite the counters and then it was only one-way in and one-way out and the aisles also ran the opposite way to pre-Asda days. The Queens trading name came from the first Queens supermarket in Castleford, West Yorkshire which was the former theatre/cinema called the Queens. The first Asda outside Yorkshire was Billingham.

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  28. The Farm Stores was in Stockton long before ASDA was thought of, mother went there for meat as did we when I came back to Stockton. Their pies were noted and often made the Saturday tea table with pickles and salad from the garden. Your father Peter, we all called him Bob, lived next door to us in a cottage with his Mother. We were at 5 Mill Lane. In the other cottage lived Mr and Mrs Freeman and when they moved out to the Alms Houses in Norton High Street Mr and Mrs Boston moved in. Both Mr Boston and Bob served during the war, Archie Boston in the Army, Bob in the Navy. When the Germans invaded Holland Bob was on a boat sent in to rescue people of importance and bring them to England. He came on leave and when talking to my Dad in only a short sleeved navy shirt I saw he was bandaged. He had been wounded on the quayside in a fight with Nazi sympathisers and was lucky to get out alive. He served on minesweepers from then on. We shopped with him many years in various shops and the last being Rimswell Parade after we moved to where I live now. We often had a joke about the minesweeper tied up at Stockton quay. I remember your father as a jovial man who always had a cheery word for his customers, an art that seems lost now.

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  29. I recently asked the name of the manager of the Farm Stores but received no answer. I also asked if he lived as I thought in Mill Lane Norton. Would this be right Peter as the photo of your Father looks similar to the one in question?

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    • I have only just read this. So sorry for not replying. My fathers name was Robert Boiston, and lived in Mill Lane until he moved to Roseworth where I live still. My name is Peter Boiston. I have the original photo of the Farm Stores in Dovecote Street.

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  30. I used to work in the Asda, West Row Store, in the years of 1973-1976 & 1979-1993. I remember Bernard and Peter and remember the Farm Stores where I used to get tomato soup and a pork pie. I probably posted the comment about the Farm Stores being a spin-off from Asda. First there was the Asquith family who had 2 butcher”s shops in West Yorkshire, who later joined up with Hindell”s dairy farmer”s who later in turn, became Craven dairy”s in the 1940″s. This in 1949, became Associated Dairies. So really Farm Stores was the birth of Asda and the name of Asda means (As)quith (Da)airies) If you want more information about the history of Asda & Farm Stores, there is a interesting subject of it”s history on the Asda website.

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  31. My father was the manager of this shop and the picture has my father and his two junior lads stood outside the butchers shop window which contained all the meats. Left is Bernard Gaveney, my father Robert Boiston is in the middle and Roger Cleaver is on the right. Roger now owns his own Butchers shop. I used to watch the pies and the black pudding being made on the premises. The shop is still very much the same, upstairs hasn”t been touched. My father was moved into new premises in West Row and the new building was a supermarket called Asda. That shop is now Boyes and Asda moved to Portrack Lane. I was recently on Dovecot Street and was a bit surprised to see Roberts the fish shop closed and the “for sale” signs up. I remember somebody saying in a comment on this site that Farm Stores was a spin off from ASDA. Well that is not true because as I have mentioned the butchers shop was first and Asda came later. I believe Asda use the name Farm Stores on their pies and meat packaging.

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