TF0920 : New shop

taken 8 years ago, near to Bourne, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

New shop
New shop
On the 15th of October Harrison and Dunn re-opened their hardware business in this shop, with very much more space for stock and customers.

They have re-roofed and extensively repaired the building through the summer, and the new shop is very welcome. Other long-established local businesses (T.R.Carlton and J.H.Wand) no longer serve the hardware sector, and the fact that a well-known local business is so confident is good news for the town.

(The business on the right got its name because of its original location TF0920 : The Cake Kabin has seen better days, and is in its third premises in Bourne.)

This is a grade II Listed Building, LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) , and English Heritage describe it as "Southern portion of premises occupied by Horn" because it and the 3-bay premises to the north, seen here as the Firkin Ale, were both used by a Gents Outfitters called Horn between the 1950s and the 1970s. In fact, Horns were preceded by J. Wall and Son, and both shops have a tiled mosaic entrance with that name (TF0920 : Mosaic inset)
Harrison and Dunn

Harrison and Dunn are a local hardware store, with branches in Stamford and Bourne.

The company had its roots in the older Duncombe & company where Mr Dunn started as an apprentice in 1924. Forming a partnership with Harrison in 1930, the pair put a mobile shop on the road delivering paraffin and hardware to the isolated villages of South Kesteven, and moving into the Bourne shop around the same time. In the 1970s they moved from Ironmonger street in Stamford to the present premises, which had previously been a men's clothing store, and the Bourne shop relocated in 2015. The firm goes from strength to strength and is still run by two generations of the Dunn family, although the original founder had to retire in 2004, an 80 year career in the Fork Handles business.
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Town centres in 2008-20

I am sure there are many towns across the UK which are suffering from the economic policies being pursued. These images, I hope, will act as an historic record of how tough times were and how so many businesses came and went. And, sadly, who thrived.
More recent images could also reflect the impact of the post Brexit vote. When you pause to count the number of vacant sites it is really quite surprising.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 20 October, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 20 October, 2012
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
Period (from Tags)
18th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0960 2031 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:46.1564N 0:22.6168W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0958 2030
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Shopfronts  Grade II  Grade II Listed 

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