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2019 Co-op temporary shop

A photo of the temporary shop that was built  on the garage forecourt and used during 2019  whilst Stowupland’s  new Co-op premises were  being constructed.

Our Postal service

  • Our postal service has had various locations over the last 150 years but was usually associated with other  retail opportunities.
  • 1864 Robert Pyman was a tailor who also ran the postal service from one of the Malthouse Cottages (subsequently Croft Farmhouse).
  • By the 1900‘s the PO  had moved along Church Road to Bay Cottage where the Wilden family combined boot making with the post.
  • In the early 2000‘s it was relocated away from the A1120,for a few years, to Allard’s farm shop,  butchers and cafe.
  • By 2019 it had returned to to the A1120 , all be it once a week in a  mobile van.  (see other images)

Shops and Retailers (images)

Most of the material that we have in our archives relates to late 19th century and 20th century shops. but we  do know that in;

  • 1468 Stowupland did have at least one shop . The will of Simon Kyy of Stowmarket  refers to a shop late of John Bylls. It was to be sold to his son John with all land and tenements in Saxton. The will continues, tenements calle COES and COWPERES with a shop.   Land of Wm BAKSTETE to be sold (except Maria to live in Cowperes for life) to John (son) all land and tenements in SAXTON. {ECA}

 This  article printed in Telstar gives a brief overview  of 20th century shops. Whilst we have names of previous shopkeepers the location of their shops is sometimes confused.

A shop was often a front room of the family home, and whilst the named shop keeper was  usually the husband it was the wife who ran the shop. Her husband often was out earning a living doing other work.

  • Diaper’s  – 1855, was this along Back Road or  did it become The Shop on the Green?
  • Shops On the Green:

                The Stores, on the Back Green Before M&M

              The Shop on the Green.

  • Devon Road: Dents Corner
  • Miscellaneous shops,  some shops only existed for a short time
  • A history  of the Garage and forecourt businesses

Pubs and Inns (images)


From the mid 19th century  there was increasing industrialisation along the Stowupland side of the River Gipping. This was aided first by the improvement in the navigation of the Gipping and then by the coming of the railway. (see images)


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