"Shutting Up Shop"

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White Point
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"Shutting Up Shop"

Post by White Point » Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:07 am

Those of us old enough to remember Headlam's record shop will be interested to know that it features in a new coffee-table photo-book called "Shutting Up Shop"; a photojournalistic survey of traditional shops and their interiors and exteriors undertaken up until the late 80s by John Londei. More details at:

http://www.johnlondei.co.uk/gallery.php?gallery=Shops

The book has, at the end, an update by Londei recounting what has happened to each of the shops since he took the photos; sadly, as we know, Headlams closed in 1983.

(I always remember it as being thick with cigarette smoke but maybe my memory is playing tricks.)

The book itself is a sad reminder of when shopkeeping was a proud occupation, service wasn't a dirty word, specialists always had what you wanted and that it only takes one insensitive developer for a beautiful and historic interior to be lost forever. It's on offer at Amazon at present.

ps I have no commercial affiliation with Londei! I just really like the book and thought fellow Whitbyphiles would like to know that Headlam's was in it.

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Post by toonman75 » Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:50 pm

Nice to see that the old Headlams shop is being put to good use at last.

MarionHaste
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Post by MarionHaste » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:47 am

where was Headlam's please?

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Post by toonman75 » Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:18 am

Golden Lion Bank. Now Kitchen Shop.

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Post by MarionHaste » Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:48 pm

Aha. Thanks Toonman.

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Post by toonman75 » Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:48 am

My pleasure Marion.

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Re: "Shutting Up Shop"

Post by Love-Lies-Bleeding » Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:32 am

White Point wrote:It's on offer at Amazon at present.
This in itself is quite sad - the days of asking Holman's to order you in a copy are more-or-less past with the easy purchasing on Amazon and the like! One more reason why these kinds of traditional shops have continued to close down (though I much prefer Amazon to negotiating the high street up here, myself).
~*Angelica Carnis*~

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Post by MarionHaste » Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:13 am

Touch wood, Holman's seems to do OK, but you are right in that it belongs to an era past - plenty of well-informed sales assistants all eager to help and dressed in neat uniforms.

It's a lovely shop in a lovely (Skinner) street and long may it survive.

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Post by White Point » Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:49 pm

Nine months on, this is the lead story in the Whitby Gazette online today. On the ball as ever!

http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/For ... 4003217.jp

In the same edition, nice to see Botham's getting a Tea Council award and good to see a (pretty little) Botham in the accompanying picture; the family are clearly still involved at all levels.

http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/Toa ... 4003175.jp

(they do, too, have the most endearingly chaotic website!)

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