A miscellany of shops, shopkeepers or traders.

When is a shop a shop?

  • Is a craft or trades man or woman  who sells his time and skill  a shopkeeper?
  • Is an animal breeder a retailer?
  • Does a shop need to be  a purpose built building?

Whilst some shops or retail outlets survived through more than one generation of retailer others were shorter lived. Some were associated with the brewing and sale of alcohol, some with crafts or trades.  Very little is known about many of them, but if we have a name they will be listed here in the hope that more detail will be added later. 

In the 20th century the motor car, petrol pumps and engineering arrived in Stowupland

The Apple Caravan

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Cutting from the Bury Free Press 1965 (BNA)

In 1965 Bury Free Press reported on concerns expressed by Stowupland councilors that the caravan near the garage was a potential traffic hazard, and as it had been in situ for 3 years without planning permission then it would have to go. In 2022 it is still in place selling seasonal fruits. Also known as Berridge’s Bus.

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2020 Caravan near the junction of the A1120 and B1115

Fish and Chips. In the 1940s stowupland had 2 fish and chip shops; Mr Buckle‘s and Mr Seaman‘s

The Allard family delivered milk around Stowupland homes from their herd of dairy cows of Walnut Tree Farm during the first half of the 20th century.

Hair dressers – 1940 Mr Abram Calthorpe from a shed behind his cottage (4 Laburnum Cottages) on the Back Green. Albert Cooper remembered it was 6d for a short back and sides. (Telstar, June 2010)

Cyril Rogers, Saxham Street had a license to sell tobacco and cigarettes. (Kelly’s 1937), but according to Ena Carter’s notes he did not have a shop and  the census gives his occupation as an agricultural worker. Albert Cooper remembered Mrs Rogers selling ‘soft drinks and crisps at her front door’. (Telstar, June 2010)

Bertie Todd , a tobacconist on the Green in the 1920’s and 30’s Kelly 1937)

William Peart was apork butcher or grocer along Columbyne road in the 1900’s , he maybe associated with the shop that later became M&M, but that is unsure

Samuel Smith, in the 1900’s is named as a shop keeper and a blacksmith on Saxham Street

William Botting in 1898 was a butcher who was made bankrupt.

Elijah Burrows in 1892 was a shop keeper on Saxham Street 9Whites Directory)

The Wilden family had a wheelwrights’s shop at Orchard Farm and Mill House, Mill Street in 1874

Joseph Shulver was named as a shop keeper in 1869 (Post Office Directory)

Francis Webb, in 1869 was a hop, corn, seed and coal merchant.

J. Baker was an Inn Keeper in Stowupland who according to Bells Weekly Messenger was made bankrupt in 1868

Henry Raffe, in 1851 had a beer house on the Green

P.Jacobs is a watch repairer in Mill Street

There were several Boot or shoe makers in stowupland over the centuries’. Often the work of cobbling was combined with an additional occupation

Reeve Wilden was a Boot maker and ran the village post office