From the Archive: Shopping in Wells and Hunstanton in years gone by
PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 October 2016
My archive pictures this week feature west Norfolk seaside towns Wells and Hunstanton, but focus on the towns themselves rather than out to sea.
1. Shopping in Hunstanton in late 1979: the high street had a wide range of shops for locals.
2. The high street at Hunstanton in July 1980 was looking up. A new weekly market was mooted for the town and the Chamber of Trade had begun lighting up the town centre during the summer evenings. A couple of empty shops had been taken over and the town was due to have its first travel agency.
3. Shoppers bustle about in Hunstanton in November, 1980. Our EDP report highlighted the fine shopping facilities available in the town all year round.
4. Coles and Baxters at Hunstanton were positioned right next to Woolworths, contributing to the shopping variety in the town in 1985.
5. Hunstanton’s main shopping centre in 1986 where, among other things, you could buy a loaf and place a bet.
6. Stopping for a mardle on the high street at Wells in the autumn sunlight of early November, 1957. The high street had just been described as “finished” as a shopping centre at a recent Valuation Court.
7. The new police station at Wells, complete with bobby on his bike in October, 1962. The old red brick station on Church Plain had been in use for 71 years but was now redundant and had been replaced with this smart new HQ on Polka Road which boasted two constables’ houses. Sgt Cyril Haste and three police constables made up the force at Wells.
8. A quiet day in Freeman Street, Wells in early 1970. Wells UDC had debated whether to make the street a clearance or improvement area but it was decided to allow individual property owners to apply for renovation grants.
9. The Buttlands, Wells in early spring, 1975. The common was being put forward in the village greens category of that year’s Best Kept Village Competition.
10. The International Stores on the corner of Staithe Street in late September, 1979. The store was due to close after 70 years. The closure of the store formed part of a wider picture of shop closures at Wells, five having closed the previous year. The store manager Michael Scoles had worked there for 19 years and Miss Betty Parker was a familiar face in the store where she had worked for 31 years.
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