The ever changing face of shopping in Stone

Staffordshire’s Senior Museums Officer, Chris Copp, showcases a selection of
photographs by Peter Leslie which have now become part of the Past Track archive
Stone’s town centre is continually changing, as shops and businesses change hands with what seems like ever increasing regularity.

The Old Fire Station Bookshop, Stone, late 1980’s  This building was once Joule’s Brewery’s fire station, and stands adjoining the former brewery site in the alley between the Crown Hotel and the Library. Joining Crown Street to the Market Place.  It is now occupied by Autocare car accessories and parts shop.
The Old Fire Station Bookshop, Stone, late 1980’s
This building was once Joule’s Brewery’s fire station, and stands adjoining the former brewery site in the alley between the Crown Hotel and the Library. Joining Crown Street to the Market Place. It is now occupied by Autocare car accessories and parts shop.

Some family businesses might carry on for decades, others may come and go in a matter of months. Peter Leslie of Walton has been recording these changes over the past thirty years or so and this group of photographs show shops and eateries of the not so distant past.

Radford Street, Stone, late 1980’s All the occupants of this side of Radford Street have changed in the 20-odd years since this photograph was taken. Tilley’s Plumbing and Heating was formerly Leighton’s bakers and grocers, and more recently occupied by Hair & Beauty.   ‘7a’ Restaurant was until very recently Al Shafiq’s Indian restaurant.  Next door had been a newsagents for many years, including A.W. Tilley, newsagent, stationer and publisher of  postcards in the early 20th century, and is now Set-in-Stone hairdressers.   Beyond can be seen Stone Lighting, later Interior Vue, and last in the row is Wilcox’s tobacconists. (Staffordshire County Museum & Mr P. Leslie)
Radford Street, Stone, late 1980’s
All the occupants of this side of Radford Street have changed in the 20-odd years since this photograph was taken. Tilley’s Plumbing and Heating was formerly Leighton’s bakers and grocers, and more recently occupied by Hair & Beauty.
‘7a’ Restaurant was until very recently Al Shafiq’s Indian restaurant. Next door had been a newsagents for many years, including A.W. Tilley, newsagent, stationer and publisher of postcards in the early 20th century, and is now Set-in-Stone hairdressers.
Beyond can be seen Stone Lighting, later Interior Vue, and last in the row is Wilcox’s tobacconists. (Staffordshire County Museum & Mr P. Leslie)

We are fortunate that Peter has passed on his collection to the Staffordshire County Museum; it is a wonderful, detailed record of the continuing evolution of Stone and Walton, and becomes an ever more valuable historical resource as time passes. All the images featured can be found on the Staffordshire Past Track website (www.staffspasttrack.org.uk)

Wilcox’s tobaconnists and confectioners, Radford Street, Stone, late 1980s.   Pictured after its closure, and before its refurbishment, Wilcox’s had been a long-standing feature of Radford Street.  The Misses Wilcox lived in the attached house.  The exterior of this former shop is little changed but much smarter, and is now Gannon’s Bar and Bistro at the Blue Rooms. (Staffordshire County Museum & Mr P. Leslie)
Wilcox’s tobaconnists and confectioners, Radford Street, Stone, late 1980s.
Pictured after its closure, and before its refurbishment, Wilcox’s had been a long-standing feature of Radford Street. The Misses Wilcox lived in the attached house. The exterior of this former shop is little changed but much smarter, and is now Gannon’s Bar and Bistro at the Blue Rooms. (Staffordshire County Museum & Mr P. Leslie)

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Lichfield Street, Stone, late 1980’s.   Pictured next to St. Michael’s Hall is the pun-tastic ‘Stork of the Town’ children’s clothes shop.  Those transparent yellow sunblinds never did much for shop window displays, did they? It was  succeeded by a cheese shop and is now Valley’s Fast Food takeaway.  (Staffordshire County Museum & Mr P. Leslie)
Lichfield Street, Stone, late 1980’s.
Pictured next to St. Michael’s Hall is the   pun-tastic ‘Stork of the Town’ children’s clothes shop. Those transparent yellow sunblinds never did much for shop window displays, did they? It was succeeded by a cheese shop and is now Valley’s Fast Food takeaway. (Staffordshire County Museum & Mr P. Leslie)