~ Gallery - Shops ~
Louise Street, Gornal Wood
This is the central shopping 'high' street of Gornal, it still has a good selection of small independent shops and businesses.
In the 19th Century, Louise Street was also known as 'High Street', in the 1871 Census the enumerator notes that it was "altered to Cook Street" this apparently didn't last long as it was re-named as Louise Street.
The last recorded use of 'High Street' was in 1894 and earliest use of Louise Street was in the 1881 Census, so it's likely that some overlapping occurred.
Who was Louise?
Originally the left side of the street was mainly orchards, with very few shops.
In the 1881 census James A. Malkin aged 27 had a grocers shop in Louise Street.
1891.
No.9 Noah Jones aged 52 was a bread shop baker.
No.12 & 13 James H. Beddard, general dealer.
No.18 & 19 William H. Shaw, grocer & pawnbroker.
The following businesses were trading in Louise Street in 1901. [Census]
7. John Beddard, oil and hardware merchant.
14. Eliza Raybould, drapery shopkeeper.
15. Edward Hickman, fruiter.
18a-19. Willam H. Shaw, grocer & pawnbroker. See furious driving -newspaper report, 1906.
20. William Davies, shopkeeper.
21. William H. Guest, fruiter.
22. Arthur Stokes, pork butcher.
22a. Ellen Southall, shopkeeper, "baker & bread shopkeeper".
23. Thomas Samuels, shopkeeper-fruiter.
24. Thomas & Sarah Jones, tea agent and greengrocer.
The following businesses were trading in Louise Street in 1911. [Census]
1. Isaac Bradley, insurance agent.
2. Jane Hyde, widow, grocer.
9. Ann Jones, grocer.
12. Eliza Wood, greengrocer.
Ernest Boucher, baker & confectioner. (High St.)
The following businesses were trading in Louise Street in 1912. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
7. Thomas Edward Smith, fruitier.
14. Simeon Hemmings, shopkeeper.
Grocer [1911 Census] later as Benjamin Arthur Hemmings c1918, grocer and provisions dealer.
15. Thomas Greenway, pork butcher.
In the 1911 Census he describes himself as coal miner hewer.
20. William Davies, newsagent.
21. Sarah Jane Guest, greengrocer.
22. William Massey, fried fish dealer.
The 1911 Census No. 22 was occupied by William Southhall.
22. Thomas Edward Smith, fruitier.
22a. Ellen Southall (Mrs), grocer.
23. William Henry Shaw, grocer & baker.
24. William Slater, shopkeeper.
His wife Caroline was a greengrocer, and he was a bricklayer 1911 Census.
25. Joseph Wythes, grocer.
  Sarah Samuels (Mrs), shopkeeper.
  Jane Hyde (Mrs), shopkeeper.
  Elizabeth Thomas (Mrs), wardrobe dealer.
  Joseph Tomlinson, beer retailer.
  At No.25 & 26 in 1915. [Elec. Register.
  Daniel Beddard, oil dealer. (General dealer [1911 Census])
  Joseph Edward Buxton, builder.
Nr.3 Louise Street, this little shop on the corner was the old faggot shop, where you could go with a bowl and have it filled with home-made faggots, in recent times it's a florist shop. are currently trade from there.
Mathew Raybold lived there in 1915. [Elect. Register
14. In 1915, Benjamin Arthur Hemmings, grocer. [Elect. Register]
Grocer [1911 Census]
1918. Benjamin Arthur Hemmings was carrying out business at no. 14 as a grocer, the business was wound up.
The following businesses were among those trading in Louise Street in 1916. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
7. Thomas Edward Smith, fruitier.
8. Arthur Stokes, butcher.
14. Benjamin Hemmings, shopkeeper.
15. Thomas Greenway [sic], pork butcher.
20. William Davies, newsagent.
21. Sarah Jane Guest (Mrs), greengrocer.
22. William Massey, fried fish dealer.
22a. Ellen Southall (Mrs), grocer.
23. John Marsh, confectioner.
Jane Hyde (Mrs), shopkeeper.
George Mason Limited, provision dealers.
John T. Massey, drysalter.
Smith's Port Stores (branch), grocers.
Elizabeth Thomas (Mrs)obe dealer.
Daniel Beddard, oil dealer.
Rose Wakelam (Miss), milliner.
William Stevens, baker.
Eliza Wood, greengrocer.
The following businesses were among those trading in Louise Street in 1921. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
7. John Small, greengrocer.
8. Arthur Stokes, butcher.
14. Annie Wood (Mrs), shopkeeper.
15. Thomas Greenaway, pork butcher.
21. Sarah Jane Guest (Mrs), greengrocer.
22. Elizabeth Massey, fried fish dealer.
22a. Ellen Southhall (Mrs), grocer.
23. John Marsh, confectioner.
George Mason Limited, provisions dealer.
Smith's Port Stores, grocers.
Honor Beddard (Mrs), oil dealer.
John T. Massey, drysalter.
Oakley & Brown, bakers.
Eliza Wood (Mrs), shopkeeper.
Elizabeth Thomas (Mrs), wardrobe dealer.
Rose Wakelam (Miss), millener.
Joseph Westwood, shopkeeper.
Stephan Williams, baker.
The following businesses were among those trading in Louise Street in 1928. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1. William Timmins, shopkeeper.
2. John Fraser Westwood, shopkeeper.
5a. Herbert Bate, confectioner.
7. John Small, grocer. 8. Arthur Stokes, butcher.
12. John T. Massey, confectioner.
14. Eliza Wood (Mrs), greengrocer.
19. Reuben Leonard Pugh, tobacconist, confectioner, fancy goods & toy dealer.
21. Sarah Guest (Mrs), greengocer.
21. Martha Hickman (Mrs), shopkeeper.
22. Frederick John Bassett, draper.
22a. Marsh & Porter, confectioners.
23. Arthur Round, furniture dealer.
24. Simon Dando, draper.
Honor Beddard (Mrs), oil dealer.
Rose Wakelam (Miss), milliner.
Elizabeth Thomas (Mrs), wardrobe dealer.
Stephen Williams, baker & grocer.
Oakley & Brown, bakers.
George J. Mason Limited, provision dealers.
James H. Raybould, coal merchant.
The following businesses were among those trading in Louise Street in 1936. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1. William Timmins, shopkeeper.
2. John Fraser Westwood, shopkeeper.
5a. Annie Bate (Mrs), confectioner.
7. Arrol J. Horton, seedsman.
8. Thomas Wakelam, butcher.
9. Frances E. Willimas (Mrs), grocer.
12. John T. Massey, hairdresser.
14. Eliza Wood (Mrs), greengrocer.
15. Rupert Griffiths, baker.
19. Mary H. Pugh, shopkeeper.
21. Sarah Guest (Mrs), greengrocer.
22. Frederick Bassett, jnr. draper.
22a. Beatrice Porter (Mrs), confectioner.
23. Willima H. Fletcher, cycle dealer.
24. George H. Waldron, butcher.
56. William E. Shuker, shopkeeper.
Frederick J. Beddard, oil dealer.
Cecil Jones, fried fish dealer.
Claude R. Davies, draper.
George J. Mason Limited, provision dealers.
Oakley & Brown, bakers.
Victor Trantor, butcher.
Rose Wakelam (Miss), millener.
The following businesses were among those trading in Louise Street in 1940. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1. Florence Tennant (Mrs), greengrocer.
2. John Fraser Westwood, shopkeeper.
5a. Annie Bate, confectioner.
6. Frederick J.Beddard, oil dealer.
7. Arrol J. Horton, seedsman.
8. Thomas Wakelam, butcher.
9. Frances Williams (Mrs), grocer.
14. Elisa Wood (Mrs), greengrocer.
15. Rupert Griffiths, baker.
19. Mary H. Pugh, shopkeeper.
21. Sarah Guest (Mrs), greengrocer.
22. Frederick John Bassett, draper.
22a. Beatrice Porter (Mrs), confectioner.
23. William H. Fletcher, cycle dealer.
24. William R. Shuker, cooked meat dealer.
53. Lorna Bricknell (Brecknall), ladies hairdresser.
  George J. Mason Ltd, provisions dealer.
  Oakley & Brown, bakers.
  John H. Raybould, coal merchant.
  James A. Abbiss, confectioner.
  Rose Wakelam (Miss), milliner.
Previously George Masons in Louise Street, this premises is now a Sainsbury's store.
Advert c1968
Shops trading in the 1950s-1960s...

1. Malcolm Pugh, TV, radio and electrical services, fishing tackle, bait and camping gear.
4. William 'Will' Fletcher, cycle shop.
6. Frederick J. Beddard, ironmongery.
9. A. Williams, fuel and haulage, house coal and gravel etc.
15. R. A. Deacon, wallpaper shop.
30. Jack Turner, gents outfitter, clothes shop and footwear.
  Whitford & Lloyd, shopfitters, joinery & property repairs.
Louise Street, recent activity timeline...
Buildings have been renumbered in the past and some numbers along with the premises have disappeared.
Shops on the North Side with even numbers.
2 Louise Street
-2020: Junction Depot, convenience store.
2007-2010: Card and gift shop.
1880-1991: The Junction Inn.
4 Louise Street
1988-Present: M.R. Timms, solicitor.
1980s: Abbey Stores.
advert 1964
6 Louise Street
2017-Present: BS4, barbers shop.
2009-2016: Bakers, estate agents.
1980s: Dudley Building Society.
<1978: W.H. Fletcher, cycle shop.
1940s-1964: Fredrick J. Beddard, ironmongers.
8 Louise Street
2012-Present: Post Office.
1980s-2000s: Bassett, wool shop.
10 Louise Street
2010: Janines, beauty shop.
1930s-2000s: Bassett, cloths shop.
12 Louise Street
2019-Present: Home Xperts, estate agents.
2018: Garden of Eden, homeware shop.
<2015: Coach Travel 4 U, travel agents.
2000: Fresh fish shop.
1980s: Judith, hairdressers.
18 Louise Street
2009-Present: Sainsbury's, supermarket.
1990s: Somerfields, supermarket.
1970s: International Stores, supermarket.
1960s: Masons, supermarket.
Advert 1964
28 Louise Street
2016-Present: Beau, boutique.
2009: Val and Alans Fresh Fruit and Veg.
<2009: Jack Turner, greengrocer.
30 Louise Street
1980s-Present: Mrs B's, deli/takeaway/sandwich shop.
<1980s: Post Office.
1960s: Jack Turner, clothes and footware.
32 Louise Street
2009-Present: Mane Street, hairdressers.
Shops 2014, the north side starting at nr.40 on right
40a Louise Street
2018-Present: Get Gaming, video game shop.
2014-2017: Glamour Box, boutique.
2009: Flower Power, florist.
1980s: Leicester Building Society.
40 Louise Street
2017-Present: 2 K's Travel, holiday shop.
2015: Mr. Bumbles, traditional sweet shop.
<2014: Village Hardware Shop.
1980s: Hunt Johnson, estate agents.
1970s: Round's, cake shop.
42 Louise Street
1994-Present: Eye Care Centre, opticians.
<1994: Local Housing Rent Office.
1980s: Alans TV.
44 Louise Street.
2019-Present: Vape Vision, vape shop.
2015-2017: The Sun Lounge, tanning shop.
2010-2015: Serene Tanning, tanning shop.
1980s-2009: Post Office.
46 Louise Street
Present: Hair Affaire, hairdressers.
<2009: Bonbons, sweet shop.
1980s: J.D. Davies Electrical Repairs.
48 Louise Street
2015-Present: Bethany Georgina, beauty shop.
<2009: Hair Affaire, hairdressers.
50 Louise Street
2009: Hair Affair, hairdressers.
(52+) 54 Louise Street
2009-Present: Mary Stevens Hospice, charity shop.
1980s: (52); Travel agent & Dudley Building Society.
1980s: (52); Kenro, motorists shop.
1980s: (54); Nicholas Smith, gents outfitter.
1950s: A.J. Horton, seed & corn merchant.
56 Louise Street
1992-Present: Golden Oriental, chinese take-away.
1950s-1980s: F.Beddard, hardware shop.
58 Louise Street
2009-Present: Boyz 2 Men, hairdressers.
1980s: CHN, plumbing & heating.
60 Louise Street
2016: 'Karens', hairdressers.
1980s: Hairdressers.
62 Louise Street
Present: Hairdressers.
2016-2018. Studio 62, kitchen shop.
2007-2011: Swinscoe's, estate agents.
1980s: Hairdressers.
1960s: Grocers.
Shops on the South side
advert 1964
3 Louise Street
2016-Present: Hills Florist.
2009-2016: Forget Me Not, florist.
7 Louise Street
2012-Present: Best Wishes, card shop, new shop created c2000s.
9-11 Louise Street
2000-Present: Chesters, pet supplies shop.
1990s: Hortons, seed & corn shop.
13 Louise Street
-Present: Topcuts, barbers.
19 Louise Street
2019 - Present: Harleys Hair & Beauty.
2016-2019: J W Flooring, carpet shop.
2014-2016: Lighting Majestic, domestic lighting shop.
2010-2014: Harris Home Furnishings, furniture shop.
1950s-1960s: Jack Turners, menswear & shoe shop.
1940s-1950s: Megan, cloths shop.
Shops c2015, the south side, La Raj and no.39
21 Louise Street
2019-Present: Oh! Floping Fiddlesticks, craft & gift shop.
2014-2018: The Flower Fairie, florist.
1950s-2000: Megans, ladies & childrens clothes shop.
31-35 Louise Street
1991-Present: La Raj, Indian restaurant).
39 Louise Street
2017-Present: Mad Hatters, tea shop.
2017: Wedding shop.
2011-2014: The Flower Fairie, florist.
2009: J & A Soft Furnishings.
I would appreciate any corrections and ommisions to this listing.
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