~ Gallery - Shops ~
Abbey Street, Gornal Wood.
Abbey Street is often mixed up with nearby Abbey Road, the street had a few commercial premises, but mainly private dwellings.
In the 1911 Census, most of the homes were occupied by miners and their womenfolk were often dressmakers or engaged in similar trades.
40: The above shop traded as a general store during the 1970s-1980s.
1942 advert for Marsh's shoe shop.
Another corner shop at the junction with New Street, this was Marsh's shoe shop for a long period.
Isaac Marsh was listed in Kelly's 1912 Directory as a shoe maker, New Street, probably trading from this same shop.
It continued to trade as a shoe shop until the early 1980s.
Abbey Street and Abbey Road would have taken their name from the Abbey Farm, the old brick-built farmhouse which occupied a plot near the Junction of the two roads, the farm house was also known as the 'Old Abbey'
There is no evidence of an Abbey ever being in the vicinity.
Abbey Farm was demolished in the 1960s and only a small section of its perimeter stone wall remains at the side of the pavement, the new Gornal library was built on the land in the 1970s.
A recreation ground 'The Rec' just off Abbey Street would have been part of the farmland of Abbey Farm, Abbey Colliery operated here in the 19th century.
The following businesses were among those trading in Abbey Street in 1911. [Census]
24. Joseph Harris, hay & straw dealer.
40. Herbert Hickman, clothier and draper.
The following businesses were among those trading in Abbey Street in 1912. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
2. Joseph Bowyer, Butcher.
At Nr.3 in the 1911 census, Joseph Richard Bowyer described himself as master butcher.
Joseph Bowyer at No.3 in 1893. [Elect. Register]
Generations of this family butchers business traded in Gornal since 1865 and the shop continued until very recent times.
   Rueben Burrows, greengrocer.
The following businesses were among those trading in Abbey Street in 1916. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
3. Joseph Richard Bowyer.
11. Arthur Flavell,shopkeeper.
Frederick Bassett, hairdresser.
Herbert Hickman, draper.
Dennis Hill, oilman.
John Massey, draper.
The following businesses were among those trading in Abbey Street in 1921. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
3. Joseph Richard Bowyer, butcher.
11. Arthur Flavell, shopkeeper.
Herbert Hickman, draper.
Joseph Hill, oilman.
John Massey, draper.
Frederick Bassett, hairdresser.
The following businesses were among those trading in Abbey Street in 1924. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
3. Joseph Richard Bowyer, butcher.
4. John Box, shopkeeper.
14. Arthur Flavell, shopkeeper.
15. James Jones, newsagent.
18. Harold Walter Green, chemist.
24. Joseph Harris, potato merchant.
36. Raybould & Wardle, drapers.
Frederick Bassett, hairdresser.
Herbert Hickman, draper.
Arthur Massey, draper.
The following businesses were among those trading in Abbey Street in 1928. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
3. Joseph Richard Bowyer, butcher.
4. Bert Box, haulage contractor.
4. John Box, shopkeeper.
14. Arthur Flavell, shopkeeper.
15. James Jones, shopkeeper.
18. Percy G. Richardson, chemist.
24. Joseph Harris, potato merchant.
36. Harriet Wardle (Mrs), draper.
Frederick Bassett, hairdresser.
J.T.Eggington & Son, chemists.
Arthur Massey, draper.
The following businesses were among those trading in Abbey Street in 1936. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
3. J.R. Bowyer & Sons, butchers.
4. Bert Box, haulage contractor.
4. John Box, shopkeeper.
13. Higgs & Sons, solicitors (attends).
14. Arthur Flavell, shopkeeper.
15. Mary Jones, shopkeeper.
18. Percy G. Richardson, chemist.
24. Bert Harris, potato dealer.
33. Joseph W. Flavell, shopkeeper.
36. Harriett Wardle (Mrs), draper.
40. Reginald V. Willets, butcher.
Herbert Hickman, draper.
Frederick Bassett, hairdresser.
18. 1926, Harold Walter Green, chemist and druggist. [Deeds of Arrangement]
The following businesses were among those trading in Abbey Street in 1940. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
4. John Box, shopkeeper.
5. J. R. Bowyer & Sons, butchers.
15. Mary Jones (Miss), shopkeeper.
This was a newsagents from 1905 to 1968 when it reverted to a private dwelling.
In 1942 Mary Jones married Wilfred Haden, and both ran the family Newsagents from this shop.
Demolished along with several buildings on the West side of Abbey Street in the 1977 clearance.
18. Percy G. Richardson, chemist.
This shop stood on the corner with Brook Street, facing towards Summer Lane.
It was a cobbler's shop in the 1960s, it was demolished in the 1970s.
33. Joseph Flavell, shopkeeper.
Advert c1968
36. Harriet Wardle (Mrs), draper.
37. Reginald V. Willetts, butcher.
 [now private residence]
40. Jones Brothers, wireless apparatus dealers.
Shops trading in the 1950s-1960s...
4.  H & H Turf Accountants - prop. Elsie M.Harper <1968.
15. Jones', newspaper shop, closed in 1968.
39. J. W. Guest, ladies and gents hair stylist, <1980.
Many buildings on the west side of Abbey Street were demolished in 1977.
In 1986, Cwerne Court was built along here with 26 flats for sheltered housing and retirement homes.
Apart from the cluster of shops near the junction, Abbey Street is now mainly residential.
Abbey Street, recent activity timeline...
2 Abbey Street
-Present: Gornal Fryer, fish & chips shop.
1990s: Junction Fish Bar, fish & chips shop.
2A Abbey Street
2015-Present: LD Communications, mobile phone and computer shop.
1970s-1990s: Mary's, fish and chip shop.
3 Abbey Street
2010-Present: Rory's, hair and beauty shop.
2000-2009: Alan Whittle, butchers shop.
1980s-2000: J.R. Bowyer & Sons, butchers shop.
4A Abbey Street
1980s-2010: Arthur's, cobblers shop.
4 Abbey Street
2010-Present: Paws & Claws-Mowglis, dog and pet grooming.
2000-2010: NP, Computer repairs and Sales.
1963-1968: H & H Turf Accountants.
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