From the Archives: A look back at Norfolk’s local shops in the 1980s and 90s

Archive village shop. Pictured: Salthouse Post Office. Date: 10 dec 1993. Picture: EDP Library

Archive village shop. Pictured: Salthouse Post Office. Date: 10 dec 1993. Picture: EDP Library - Credit: Archant

The 1980s and 90s was a time of change for small, local shops. Today's archive pictures reveal their mixed fortunes at a time when the community shop was becoming something of an endangered species.

Archive village shop. Pictured: Tivetshall Community Shop Christine Thompson & Kathy Adcock. Date: 1

Archive village shop. Pictured: Tivetshall Community Shop Christine Thompson & Kathy Adcock. Date: 13 oct 1982. Picture: EDP Library - Credit: Archant

1. Tivetshall Community Shop had just won first prize in the Norfolk Ventures Competition in October, 1982. The shop had been open for two years and was staffed entirely by volunteers. In our picture Mrs Christine Thompson (right) serves Mrs Kathy Adcock.

Archive village shop. Pictured: East Harling Parkinson's Stores. Date: 28 nov 1989. Picture: EDP Lib

Archive village shop. Pictured: East Harling Parkinson's Stores. Date: 28 nov 1989. Picture: EDP Library - Credit: Archant

2. Parkinson's stores in the picturesque village of East Harling took a bow in the EDP of late November, 1989. Personal service was one of the hallmarks of the village's shopping experience.

Archive village shop. Pictured: Mrs Susan Evans serves at Threeways PO Taverham. Date: 23 jul 1991.

Archive village shop. Pictured: Mrs Susan Evans serves at Threeways PO Taverham. Date: 23 jul 1991. Picture: EDP Library - Credit: Archant

3. Threeways Post Office in Taverham had expanded in the three years up to 1991 to include a supermarket, bakery and newsagent. Mrs Susan Evans serves a customer in the bakery in late July, 1991.

Archive village shop. Pictured: Dybles Garage Ormesby. Date: 25 feb 1991 Picture: EDP Library

Archive village shop. Pictured: Dybles Garage Ormesby. Date: 25 feb 1991 Picture: EDP Library - Credit: Archant

4. Dybles garage shop in Ormesby, pictured in February, 1991, stocked a vast array of car accessories but also light refreshments, hot snacks groceries and other goods.

Archive village shop. Pictured: Buckenham grocery Margaret Hayward with customer. Date: 15 jan 1993.

Archive village shop. Pictured: Buckenham grocery Margaret Hayward with customer. Date: 15 jan 1993. Picture: EDP Library - Credit: Archant

5. Shopping was still in the traditional style as Margaret Hayward serves a customer at V Buckenham of Hungate's grocery in Beccles in January, 1993. The shop was, however, due to close, having fallen victim to competition from superstores, such as a new Safeway on the edge of town. It had traded in Hungate for more than 72 years.

Archive village shop. Pictured: Jeanette Callaghan Pickenham Stores. Date: 15 apr 1993. Picture: EDP

Archive village shop. Pictured: Jeanette Callaghan Pickenham Stores. Date: 15 apr 1993. Picture: EDP Library - Credit: Archant

6. Bucking the trend for village shops to close, former local nurse Jeanette Callaghan had just reopened the store at North Pickenham in April, 1993. The post office was also due to return and would be based inside the store. She said that local response so far was good as some people had been considering moving away because of the loss of local services.

Archive village shop. Pictured: Croxton shop Wendy Wells. Date: 15 apr 1993. Picture: EDP Library

Archive village shop. Pictured: Croxton shop Wendy Wells. Date: 15 apr 1993. Picture: EDP Library - Credit: Archant

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7. Villagers living in Croxton near Thetford who ran out of a needle, milk or windscreen wash could find them all on sale in their newly reopened village shop in April, 1993. Wendy Wells was now in charge at the shop after former owner had appealed for someone to take it over rent free. Mrs Wells, originally from Berkshire, and her husband had moved into the corner shop which also used to be the village pub.

Archive village shop. Picture: David Bignell Saxlingham Nethergate. Date: 19 may 1993. Picture: EDP

Archive village shop. Picture: David Bignell Saxlingham Nethergate. Date: 19 may 1993. Picture: EDP Library - Credit: Archant

8. Saxlingham Nethergate Post Office Stores was thriving in May, 1993, thanks to the drive and retailing expertise of its owner David Bignell. The former senior manager for Sainsburys and Superdrug had been running the shop since 1990 and prided himself on providing a local service.

If you recognise anyone in the pictures or would like to tell us more about them you can email rosemary.dixon@archant.co.uk. To get a copy of one of our old photographs, visit www.edp24.co.uk/buyaphoto or telephone Diane townsend Mon-fri on 01603 772449. The photos will be available on the

website from Monday afternoon.

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