43 High Street, Norton

t12783‘Sanders Bros’ fruit shop, 43 High Street, Norton (closed 2013). One of a single-storey parade of shops built, after WWII ? On the site of a terrace of two-storey ancient cottages, which had gardens to the rear. The gable end of the only surviving older property can just be seen.

Photograph and details courtesy of Chris Bailey.

7 thoughts on “43 High Street, Norton

  1. Vivid memories of being given six pence to go and get a “mix-up” (only choice with or without bubble gum,) from a sweet shop along here while my mam was queueing in the Yorkshire to get wages on a Friday in the days long before cash points existed. This site of Picture Stockton is bringing back such happy memories as I live in Essex now.

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    • Little sweet shop next to Harlands the cobblers run by Dorothy Whitehead who took over this business from her mother. I remember exchanging my sweet coupons for a 1/4 of sweets.

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  2. Salmons Chemists was also part of that parade of shops and I’m sure that in the 1960’s the gable end, 1st floor was Dianne’s (Pinkney’s) hair dressing shop.

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    • If I remember rightly the names of the shops in order from the bottom end at Blandfords were Newmans Grocery, Binches Green grocers, Sparkes Bakery Raines Sweet shop, Dodds Chain Library, Salmons Chemists, and CC Kay fishmongers. The shops before these were Smiths the Jeweller, Smiths News Agent and Pattisons Newsagaents. At the other end there was Marc Trotter Greengrocer and The Yorkshire Penny Bank.

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  3. The gable end shown would in earlier years where the earlier picture of adverts for Norton (1924) could be. Harrisons the joiner lived at number 29 High Street, Norton.

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  4. This Terrace of shops were built in the mid 1930’s, There are photo’s on this site showing what was there pre the shops. Courts Cycles, Wiley’s Joinery mixed in with cottages and other shops.
    Sparks Bakery had one of those shops selling wonderful cakes and bread, well to us kids it was, Mother still much preferred to bake her own, our pigs ate the waste cake and bread from Sparks.
    Those shops thrived for years in wartime the heart of the village for shopping now it is all out of town. “Progress” I think not, showing my age of course.

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    • Sparks Bakery in the High Street. When it was birthdays during and shortly after the War, I can remember with my mother or elder sister queueing at the front of the shop for party cakes. They were delivered to the back of the shop by horse and cart. My favourite was chocolate raspberry wafer.

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