E J Poyner: One of Ludlow’s Oldest Shops
Ludlow is a small market town in Shropshire, England. It sits on the banks of the River Teme, near the Welsh border. One of Ludlow’s oldest shops is the renowned “E J Poyner.” The shop opened in 1897 and has belonged to the Poyner family for over 100 years. That’s an impressive achievement for a shop in this age! So, check out the pictures below of inside the shop that I took in 2012.
E J Poyner’s has a rich history because this charming establishment from yesteryear has been a cornerstone of Ludlow’s heritage for over a century. Situated in a quaint Tudor-style building on Broad Street, it exudes an old-world charm that attracts locals and visitors alike. Indeed, older shops often allow for more immediate face-to-face communication between customers and staff, which many shoppers still cherish.
About E J Poyner in Ludlow
E J Poyner is a children’s clothing store and general drapers. It is a beloved part of Ludlow’s history, partly because it looks the same today as it did in the past. Indeed, the shop’s interior is tasteful, creating an ambience reminiscent of bygone eras. What’s more, it offers a pleasant shopping experience for customers.
Over the years, the family has preserved many of the shop’s original decor, signage and interior design. For example, vintage advertising adorns the walls and wooden shelving. So, visitors can appreciate the store’s original features as it provides a unique and authentic atmosphere they cannot find in modern or newly constructed shops.
Like other family-owned businesses, Poyner’s has a strong sense of tradition, continuity, and personalised customer service. Other shops in Ludlow from yesteryear with a similar old-world charm include ‘Rickards & Son‘ Ironmongers in the Bull Ring and ‘Bodenhams Outfitters‘ on Broad Street.
But unlike some shops in Ludlow, others have undergone renovations, modernisations, or rebranding. Only a few have maintained their original fixtures and fittings like Poyner’s. Interestingly, many people consider these shops from yesteryear to be landmarks or historical sites because they provide a glimpse into the past and the evolution of retail.
High Street Stores That are Closed
In recent years, many traditional shops in the UK have faced challenges due to changing consumer habits, the rise of online shopping, and the impact of large chain retailers. For instance, some UK high street stores which are sadly no longer with us include:
- BHS (British Home Stores)
- Toys “R” Us
- Jane Norman
- Zavvi (formerly Virgin Megastores)
- Ethel Austin
High Street Stores Like E J Poyner That Remain Open
Moreover, there are still some pockets of history and tradition in surviving shops like Poyner’s across the UK. They provide a glimpse into the past and typically offer a more personalized and authentic shopping experience.
For instance, some UK high street stores that have been around for a long time and are still in operation as of 2023 include:
- Marks & Spencer (M&S) – Founded in 1884.
- Boots – Founded in 1849.
- John Lewis – Founded in 1864.
- WHSmith – Founded in 1828.
- Waterstones – Founded in 1982.
- H. Samuel – Founded in 1862.
- Ernest Jones – Founded in 1949.
- Clarks – Founded in 1825.
- Thorntons – Founded in 1911.
- Dunelm – Founded in 1979.
These stores have managed to adapt and evolve with changing consumer preferences and market dynamics, allowing them to remain successful in the ever-changing retail landscape.
Overall, older stores, especially those with a long-established presence, offer customers a blend of traditional values and a sense of familiarity. Meanwhile, older stores like Poyner’s have a distinctive aesthetic and atmosphere that can evoke a sense of nostalgia and comfort for customers.
E J Poyner: The Photos
For that feeling of yesteryear, I took the photos below of Poyner’s in 2012 using the Contax G2 35mm camera and Kodak Portra 400VC colour film.
Lastly, for anyone interested in Ludlow’s heritage, this longstanding shop is a must-visit destination. It also provides a quality range of children’s clothing!
E J Poyner on Broad Street in Ludlow, Shropshire.
I scanned the negative using the Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 film scanner and VueScan software.
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