9 thoughts on “Flower Stall, Stockton Market c1957

  1. This flower Stall was not connected to Fewsters, it was a small business run by a Lady who’s husband worked at ICI. I often saw him helping her out on the stall at weekends when shopping with my Wife. It was usually two stalls down from the North side of the Town House and sold good flowers in the fact they did not die the day after you got them home as some did. It was in the same place for many years that I knew of it, we often stopped to talk although they were always busy, age takes its toll I cannot remember the name.


    • If you look closely at the photo you will see Fewsters had a big stall mainly fruit and veg, the flower stall was set up next to the Fewsters stall as at that time the stalls were crowded together with only the odd gap through. I to got my wall flowers from Taylor’s who were on the Dovecote side line of stalls though quite a few stalls including Fewsters sold rooted wallflowers in season. In that area in front of the Town house there were often three separate lines of stalls and as they extend North they became two lines. The Market in those days was very active, it was often a bit of a push to get through the Fruit Veg and Flower stalls (I believe there were two more who just sold flowers, could be wrong) often had a queue even though there were plenty of servers.
      Those days people came from out of town to Stockton Market now they go to the Metro and other further out of town places that have sales even the stall holders can not compete with.
      I mainly remember the small flower stall because the Husband worked at ICI and we often were in the same office.
      Still cannot remember the name, not like me, I must be slipping.


      • I always remember Taylors stall just up from the Town Hall and near to my g/fathers fruit and veg stall. They sold cut flowers and also house plants, bedding plants and perennials.


        • Bob the market stayed the same for many years with the Market Gardeners including Fox and also Walkers having stalls. It extended from Church Road to Yarm Lane, along in front of the the strip next to the Cenotaph and small stalls along side the pavements between bus stops. Apart from a couple of static water tanks and some sandbagged buildings that is the way it was until after the war. Then refurbishments started to cause chaos, I remember letters to the Gazette from the Market Holders Association about getting moved and messed about. Many of the small holdings and market gardens were lost to house building the stalls vanished. it all got a bit frustrating at times when your favourite stalls moved, it must have been hell for the stall holders and many gave up.
          As a PS, my Dad a very keen gardener was inspecting my first garden and asked why I was growing weeds? what weeds? those things, Wallflowers they are weeds, yes Dad but lovely scented weeds, I still grow them.


  2. Fewster’s were a fruit & veg firm, which suggests that this stall may have been a “Lets give-it-a-try” market stall for them which did not last long. There was hardly any flower sellers on Stockton Market, the only one I know was run by Mary Francis and her son who stood near the Market Cross, very close to the “two Tripe Ladies.”


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