~ Gallery - Shops ~
Zoar Street, Gornal Wood
Zoar Street leads upwards from Gornal Wood into Temple Street, it has a mixture of shops, dwellings and other premises including Redhall School.
A few relatively modern shops remain today at the lower end of the street, and there are still many older terraced houses on the upper part.
The street takes its name from the nearby Zoar chapel.
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The Co-op, Gornal Library and Harris Home Brew.
The Harris family homebrew business was established in 1976, and the landmark sign signals your approach to Gornal Village, the shop now spreads across several properties, and caters for a long established tradition in Gornal for home brewing.
The building in the foreground, was purpose built for the Dudley Co-operative Society which opened this branch in Zoar Street in 1901.
The Co-op buildings then comprised of the two shops, a managers house, offices and a meeting hall - perhaps the hall and offices were part of the upper storey which has since been removed, the gateway in Redhall Road provided access to the yard and stables.
The Co-op was opened here on 2nd March 1901, although a co-operative existed before this date, it is listed in Kelly's Trade Directory for 1896 with Richard Emmings as Branch Manager, and in the 1892 directory Dudley Co-op address was 13 Church Street, the Co-op also probably occupied what was later to become the carpet shop on the opposite side of the street, Emmings was still listed as the Co-op manager in 1904 & 1912.
The buildings and shop frontage extended around the corner into Redhall Road, the outline of bricked up windows and on the left, what would have been the entrance to the yard for the carts and later 'floats' which would have delivered milk around the district.
Subsequently, Dudley Library opened a branch in Gornal using the shop occupying the corner plot, the Co-op continued to use the lower shop for a short while.
Lower Gornal Library moved to a new purpose built building in Abbey Street in the early 1980s, shortly after the Co-op closed.
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The following businesses were trading in Zoar Street in 1911 [Census] & 1912 [Kelly's Trade Directory]
7: Joseph Wasdell, shopkeeper.
Probably a greengrocer; in the 1911 census he is described as market gardener and trading from No. 7.
14: Sidney Marsh, butcher. (At No.14 in 1911 census).
20: William H. Wise, (rates collector), Urban District Council (highway rates)
At No.20 in 1915 [Elect. Register].
23: Joseph Hale, hairdresser.
In 1901 described as hairdresser and umbrella maker at this address. [Census]
24: B. Powney & Co., Printers.
Benjamin Powney was trading as a jobbing letterpress printer from No.24 in 1911. [Census]
40: Emanual Hickman, greengrocer. [Census]
44: Sarah Ann Beddard, china dealer.
In the 1911 census she was described as a general dealer at No. 44 Zoar Street, her Sons Ben and Joe were 'hawkers'.
46: Arthur Davies, Confectioner.
Arthur Ernest Davies is described as mechanic & cycle agent living at No.46. [Census])
Richard Hemmings (Manager), Dudley Co-operative Society.
49: J. Jones & Son, clothiers & boot makers.
John & Annie Jones were living at No.49 and their ocupation as boot dealers.
In 1901 described as boot dealer and clothier. [Census]
The following businesses were among those trading in Zoar Street in 1916 [Kelly's Trade Directory]
Dudley Cooperative Society.
44. Sarah Ann Beddard, china dealer.
Arthur Davies, confectioner.
Joseph Hale, hair dresser.
J.Jones & Son, clothiers & boot makers.
Benjamin Parkes,furniture dealer.
B. Powney & Co., printers.
Mrs Alice Pyatt, grocer.
Joseph Wasdell, shopkeeper.
The following businesses were among those trading in Zoar Street in 1921 [Kelly's Trade Directory]
44. Sarah Ann Beddard, china dealer.
Dudley Cooperative Society.
Samuel Bunn, drysalter.
Arthur Davies, confectioner.
Joseph Hale, hair dresser.
J.Jones & Son, clothiers & boot makers.
William Marsh, shopkeeper.
Bejamin Parkes, furniture dealer.
Edward Pyatt, grocer.
Annie Wasdell (Miss), shopkeeper.
The following businesses were among those trading in Zoar Street in 1924 [Kelly's Trade Directory]
7. Harry Waldron, butcher.
8. Wilfred Evans, draper.
44. Sarah Ann Beddard (Mrs), china dealer.
Dudley Cooperative Society.
Samuel Bunn, drysalter.
Susan Cash, shopkeeper.
Arthur Ernest Davies, motor engineer.
Joseph Hale, hairdresser.
Frederick Pearce, butcher.
J.Jones & Son, clothiers.
Edward Pyatt, grocer.
The following businesses were among those trading in Zoar Street in 1928. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
7. Harry Waldron, pork butcher.
8. Wilfred Evans, draper.
13. Higgs & Sons, solicitors (attends Tuesday & Friday).
24. Frederick Pearce, butcher.
44. Granville Beddard, china dealer.
48-49. J.Jones & Son, clothiers.
Samuel Bunn, shopkeeper.
Lower Gornal Working Men's Club & Institute (John Hemmings Hon. Sec.).
Susan Cash, shopkeeper.
Arthur Ernest Davies, motor engineer.
Dudley Cooperative Society (branch).
Joseph Hale, hairdresser.
The following businesses were among those trading in Zoar Street in 1936. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
8. Wilfred Evans, draper.
24. William Harris, butcher.
44. Granville Beddard, china dealer.
46. Isaac Southall, hairdresser.
48-49. J.Jones & Son, clothiers.
50. William Marsh, greengrocer.
Joseph Hale, hairdresser.
Allan J.R. Hickling, drug store.
Lower Gornal Working Men's Club & Institute (Arthur Moss, Hon. Sec.).
J.A. Vinrace Sproson Ltd., grocers.
The following businesses were trading in Zoar Street in 1940 [Kelly's Trade Directory]
8. Wilfred Evans, draper.
12. Barclays Bank Ltd.
21. Joshua Jones, Undertaker.
This property remained as J.R. Jones undertakers up until 1996 when they moved to the Five Ways (ex-Five Ways Inn), Lake Street.
23. Frances Hale, (Miss) ladies hairdresser.
Joseph Hale was a hairdresser at this address in the 1911 Census.
44. Granville Beddard, china dealer.
Granville was the son of Sarah Ann Beddard trading earlier from the same premises.
46. Isaac Southall, hairdresser.
48-49. J. Jones & Son, clothiers.
50. William Marsh, grocer.
Lawtons 1960s advert.
Shops trading in the 1950s-1960s...
21. J. Jones, funeral directors.
25. Lawtons, ladies, gentlemen's and children's outfitters.
1980s onwards the proprietor was William (Bill) Davies, trading as 'Bills Carpets'.
44. P. Attwood, confectioners, frozen foods, cooked meats, chocolates, cigarettes, ice cream.
Zoar Street, recent activity timeline.
7 Zoar Street
2019-present: Hope House Springs Church Community HQ.
c2008: CHN Heating & Plumbing.
1980s: Clothes shop.
25 Zoar Street
1960s: Lawtons, clothes shop.
1980s-2010 25: Bills Carpets, carpet shop.
2015-present: Bathroom showroom, Tranquil Bathrooms.
50 Zoar Street (Barclays).
Reproduced with permission of Barclays Group Archives
42-43 Zoar Street
1977-present: Harris Filters.
45 Zoar Street
-present: Dental practice.
47 Zoar Street
2004-present: Bargains 4 U, charity shop.
48/49 Zoar Street
2010-present: Accountancy services.
2008-2010: CHN Contractors-plumbing & heating contractors.
49C Zoar Street
-present: Bill's, barbers shop.
50 Zoar Street
1995-present: Spices, indian takeaway.
1970s-1980s: Gas Showroom.
1958-1966: Barclays Bank.
1940s-1950s: William Marsh, grocer.
Many old shop properties have reverted into private dwellings.