Inside E J Poyner: One of Ludlow’s Oldest Shops

Ludlow is a quaint market town in the heart of Shropshire, renowned for its historic charm and vibrant community. Within its narrow streets lies a treasure trove of heritage shops, each with its own story. Among them stands E J Poyner, a cornerstone of Ludlow’s retail landscape. Join me on a visual journey inside the timeless charm of E J Poyner—one of Ludlow’s oldest and most beloved shops.

Inside E J Poyner: One of Ludlow's Oldest Shops

Exploring E J Poyner’s Roots

E J Poyner is a children’s clothing store in Ludlow. This family-owned business on Broad Street has been a fixture in the town since 1897. It has belonged to the Poyner family for over 100 years. Situated in a quaint Tudor-style building, the shop 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 creates an ambience reminiscent of a bygone era. What’s more, this charming establishment from yesteryear offers a pleasant shopping experience for customers.

E J Poyner, Broad Street, Ludlow

A Glimpse Inside E J Poyner

Stepping into E J Poyner is like being transported to a bygone era of old-world charm and classic elegance. For example, the interior welcomes visitors with wooden floors, shelves adorned with folded fabrics, and displays showcasing children’s outfits and sewing accessories. Moreover, the friendly staff provide a personalised service and expert advice, ensuring each visit is a memorable experience where tradition and modernity converge.

Customer inside E J Poyner in Ludlow
The Poyner family in Ludlow

Vintage Advertising From Yesteryear Inside E J Poyner, Ludlow

Vintage advertisements featuring classic clothing designs and sewing patterns (reminiscent of bygone eras) grace the displays. They offer a glimpse into the past and connect customers to the shop’s rich legacy. These retro ads also add to the shop’s ambience and nostalgia, evoking a sense of history and heritage. Additionally, displaying ads from yesteryear enhances the overall aesthetic appeal of the shop, contributing to its unique charm.

Vintage Advertising from Yesteryear
Vintage Advertising from Yesteryear
Shop Display: E J Poyner, Ludlow

E J Poyner: Celebrating Ludlow’s Community and Tradition

Beyond its role as a heritage shop, E J Poyner is a vital community hub, bringing residents together. These establishments provide more than just goods; they offer spaces for fostering connections. By supporting small businesses, heritage shops contribute to the community’s economic vitality while preserving its unique heritage. Through their vintage charm, these shops help residents connect with their roots. Consequently, they ensure the community remains vibrant and cohesive for years ahead.

In an ever-changing world, it’s reassuring that some things remain constant. The shop, E J Poyner, with its commitment to tradition and community, is a testament to the enduring spirit of Ludlow’s heritage. As one of the town’s oldest shops, it’s a cornerstone of tradition and community, beckoning visitors to experience the timeless charm of a bygone era. Whether you’re seeking children’s clothing or simply longing for a taste of nostalgia, E J Poyner welcomes you, ready to share in the magic of Ludlow’s storied past.

E J Poyner, Ludlow: Vintage Advertising

By the way, I took the images in this blog post using Kodak Portra 400VC colour film and the Contax G2 35mm camera. Using 35mm film for photography enhances the feeling of yesteryear, making it an apt choice for documenting a heritage shop like E J Poyner, Ludlow.

Where

E J Poyner on Broad Street in Ludlow, Shropshire.

When

Summer, 2012.

What

Contax G2 35mm rangefinder camera and Kodak Portra 400VC colour film.

How

I scanned the negative using the Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 film scanner and VueScan software.

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