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Remembering shops in Forest Hall.

We thought it would be a challenge to try and remember the names of shops in a particular area so some of our volunteers in the Forest Hall area took it on.  Some of the shops have been used by a few different shopkeepers over the years.  Can you remember anything about the ones on these lists?  We’ve gone down one side and up the other, starting below St Bartholomew’s Church.

Polly White – Linen & Baby clothes

Teddy Brown – Boxer’s house

Pork shop, then fruit & vegetable, now a sandwich shop

Taylor’s/Watson’s a butchers from 1937

Horner’s – a sweet shop before Smith’s

Norman Brown, a bakers that later moved to West View

Wade’s fish and chip shop, now a Chinese

Bute House Stores, previously a drapers

Wine shop

Hadrian Stores

Cramlington Co-op, now a carpet shop

The Fruit Emporium

Then: Christ Church, Park, Allotments, Field, Fly-over (now)

Pitt the butcher

Armstrong the fruit shop

Durey’s double shop

Whitfield’s confectioners, Hall’s

Snaith’s Post Office, before Miss Durey’s drapery

Then: Railway Crossing

On the opposite side of the road there was:-

Mrs Brown’s woolshop

Weightman’s Hairdresser and Decorator (the same family)

Off Licence

Mordue, the bakery, before Norman Brown

Scott the Cobbler

Bell’s Chemist

Jemison Electrics.  Then Percival’s – drapers, shoes etc.

Stephenson, wallpaper and decorating shop, then an off licence

The Post Office

There was a house set back with a garden that extended onto the pavement.  Mr & Mrs Targer and Cliff lived there.

Kiplings hairdresser and barber, then Albert Hewitt’s shop

A cycle shop, originally Victor Dole, then Henty Gibson (ex-RAF, usually known as Flying Officer Kite).  The shop had a good range of toys and was always full of children.

Laws Stores, now Greggs

Pearl Assurance offices

Lamb’s the Chemist, now Boots

Huntley Wrightson, before Kirtley’s (Mrs Bousfield) – hardware

Carricks the Bakers

Post Office run by the Snaith family

Then: Open space where Laws Stores was built, then Lows, now Kular’s

Butcher, Mitchell Park, then G Heaviside who later moved across the road.


Naylor the Taylor

Then: Houses until you reached Gargett’s Corner

Gargett’s Cycle shop

Green grocer (Mrs Barker and Audrey Gibson) before Hart’s Hardware

Greengrocer before/at the time of the picture house

Then: Houses

Baptist Church with pool underground, now a block of flats

Ritz Buildings, various shops including McDougal’s fruit shop, Taylor’s hairdressing

Labour Hut

Arthur Chapman, gents barber

Storey’s Garage

Brown’s Paper Shop in hut on corner of Clousden Hill

Next, Great Lime Road, Clousden Hill to Benton Square

“Clarke’s Hoose” at the corner of Great Lime Road and Killingworth Bank, a pub that became ‘The Clousden Hill’ for many years.  Clark was the landlord. Hence “Clarke’s Hoose” and Clarke’s Lonnen.

Oakfield House at the top of Nicholson Terrace, a small busy general house run in the house by Mrs Murray

Lamb’s Farm, later Ord’s Nursery

Two hinds cottages

Railway line from Killingworth High Pit

Methodist Chapel, later sold to Salvation Army

‘Cement Houses’, three blocks of 20 houses.  They had long front gardens reaching to the road.  Straker’s fish and chips had a shop in one of the gardens for some time.

Nothing else but fields to benton Square.

Benton Hill to Clousden Hill

The Wheatsheaf pub

The Prosperous Pit, worked till 1966 as part of the Algernon Pit

A bridge over the railway line, now the Metro

School House, where Mr Humble, the Headmaster lived

Benton Square School

Rippon’s Fields, down to Co-operative terrace

Clarabad Terrace

Cramlington Co-operative Stores

Beatties shop and Firzgerald’s

Bamford Terrace, hairdresser and post office

Nothing else until Thorrington’s shop, grocery.  Stan and June Hedley worked there.  They bought the shop from Thorrington’s, it was previously Jobson’s.

Nothing else until recent times – the Musketeer pub, a garage, Forest Hall Club and a Shell garage (now demolished), then back to Clousden Hill corner.


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