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FHG(JB)008/PB624. Two pictures taken from the same spot in Fakeham's Cattle Market Street almost 45 years apart, December 1970 and April 2015. Today the little octagonal tariff hut stands as a reminder of the area's historic links to agriculture. However gone without trace are the former Cox and Wyman buildings, some of which are pictured here, and which stood on either side of White Horse Street. Pictures courtesy of Fakenham Heritage Group, © James Bamford, and © Peter Boggis.
FHG261/PB630. These two photos, separated by about 80 years, show the well-known fruit and vegetable shop, Benbows, at the eastern end of Fakenham Market place on the corner leading into Norwich Street. The shop is easily identifiable by its attractive Dutch gable, a later addition to the original building. The first photo is of the building when it was Wainwright’s music shop, which was established in 1875. The shop sold pianos, musical instruments, sheet music and, later, gramophone records. The chap standing in the doorway was Cecil Wainwright, the son of the original proprietor. In the 1960s the shop became a delicatessen called ‘The Larder’, then stood empty for quite some time before changing hands around 1980 to become the fruit & veg shop we know today as ‘Benbows’. The chap in the doorway on the second photo (who kindly agreed to adopt the same pose as his predecessor!) is Nigel Benbow, one of the most well-known and popular shopkeepers in Fakenham. Photos courtesy of Fakenham Heritage Group & © Peter Boggis.
FHG(JB)051/PB544. The old lane which ran behind the shops between Norwich street and Bridge street, was a popular cycle and scooter park back in 1972. In 2015, a wheeled contraption of a different kind assumes residence. Pictures courtesy of Fakenham Heritage Group © James Bamford and © Peter Boggis.
JW253-PB285. Two pictures taken from the same vantage point a quarter of a century apart. The mid 1980s picture on the left shows the extensive works of Fakenham Press and part of the former cattle market. On the right: a busy White Horse Street pictured in 2012. The only remaining point of reference in both pictures is the house on the extreme right. Pictures © John Warner and © Peter Boggis.
JW123-PB582. On the left, in a previous life, the once attractive shop premises of photographer, H. Applegate at number 16 Norwich road. On the right, a recent picture of the shop in an uncared-for state. NB, Number 16 was demolished in March 2015 to make way for an Aldi superstore who are to be the future occupiers of the former Carley and Co-Op site, Picture courtesy of John Warner and © Peter Boggis.
JW038-PB308. Because its demise was relatively recent the former Greenways filling station can still remembered with fondness by many of its former patrons. The housing complex which now occupies the area is named 'Baxter Close' after the filling station's former owners - G. Baxter & Son Ltd. Pictures donated by © John Warner & © Peter Boggis
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