Retail

A greengrocer’s tale

John worked for E. Pordage and Co, the fruit and vegetable wholesaler based in Norwich, visiting small city and village shops and driving to Covent Garden in London to buy supplies I left school in 1960 when I was 15 and my first job was a newspaper boy delivering papers. The chap I worked for, a […]

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A Jarrolds Story

This contributor comes from a circus family. We are grateful to the National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield for giving us permission to publish 2 photographs related to her family.    More can be found about these linked circus & showmen families at their archive at  http://www.nfa.dept.shef.ac.uk/   

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Bringing home the bacon

David Dowe recounts his time working for Co-op, British Home Stores (BHS) and Copeman’s dealing with deliveries, groceries, provisions and training. David also spent time as a milkman and postman. He settled into his final working role as an area rep for Read Woodrow’s and Heygates. His recollection provides a contrast of how different shopping […]

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Dancing shoes and selling groceries

Pauline Spauls talks about her working life in the shoe business and keeping a shop. Pauline’s daughter Janet introduces the story: She was born around the now Hotel Nelson (Norwich) area to a very hard life. She met and married my Dad and had a shop in St John’s Street near King Street Norwich which […]

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Half a Century of change in Food Shops

When I left school, my mother brought me into Norwich. I went to various shops to see if they need an assistant. We eventually found one, it was a baker and confectionery in Davey Place in Norwich [but the baker and confectionery is not there now], and that was when I was fourteen. And then […]

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Happy days. Shoes, shops, school and caring

From the age of 15, Paulette worked in Norwich making heels for shoes, later for British Home Stores, made crackers at home and worked with children and older people. She still cares for people and helps her fellow residents at Doughty’s Hospital. The heel factory I started work at fifteen at Andrews Wood Heels on Mile […]

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Open all hours

Jean Jordan worked in her father’s shop as a girl and remembers the war and the soldiers who came into the shop. Our lives changed when I was nine years old. Father worked on a P&O liner but the war affected liners’ work in 1939. We left our home in Eastwood in Essex, and it […]

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Sales and recycling

The contributor had a career in sales for the Co-op and other businesses based in the Thetford area including selling Walls sausage and pies to shops around Norfolk and Suffolk. He then went into the family recycling firm and built the business up until they were operating a thousand skips. He ended his career working […]

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Shop Windows, Clothes and Catwalks

A working life in Norwich 1955-1996. From humble beginnings as a window dresser in Norwich stores our contributor designed and made dresses in the swinging sixties, then went into the vintage clothes business. Her beautiful collection of clothes formed the basis of a series of successful charity fashion shows in Norwich.  

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Starting and Ending at the Co-op

My first job was in 1959 and it lasted a week. I hated it. It was a job as a junior short-hand typist at a stockbroker's in the city centre of Birmingham. I was 15 years old. The reason I left was because the staff were mostly older women and they were very, very unfriendly, […]

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