TF0920 : End of an Era

taken 7 years ago, near to Bourne, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

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End of an Era
End of an Era
This is the last trading week for John Wands, the hardware and electrical store that has served the town since the 1930s.

The retail shop has been hard-hit by modern trading practices, the supermarkets offering TVs and washing machines, and the internet. The decision to close was announced a couple of months ago, blaming the high cost of Business rates. I will be sorry to see them go. Other parts of the business, such as electrical contracting, appliance repair, and security equipment will continue under the existing family members, but without the retail shop front.

The property is alleged to have been bought by Wetherspoons, although to date no planning application for the necessary changes has been lodged.
Town centres in 2008-2022

Town centres in the UK are constantly evolving, many shops come and go and many well known names are disappearing from the high street altogether. These images, I hope, will act as a historic record of how tough times have been and who came and went and who thrived.

More recent images could also reflect the impact of the post Brexit vote along with images that may also be showing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic which started to be visible in town centre trading from about June 2020 onwards. In the early months of the pandemic businesses were forced to close during the government 'lockdown' which was announced 23 March 2020 and came into effect on 26 March 2020. Not all subsequently reopened.

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TF0920, 1617 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Monday, 20 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 24 April, 2015
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Primary Subject of Photo
Shop 
Place (from Tags)
Bourne 
Near (from Tags)
A15 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0960 2038 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:46.1941N 0:22.6154W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0958 2037
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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