Which of these 70s York Road shops do you remember?

Robert Robinsons was the place to be for the latest motor bikes and mopeds.
Robert Robinsons was the place to be for the latest motor bikes and mopeds.

From hair pieces to hockey sticks and toiletries to drip-dry trousers – a certain Hartlepool street had shops selling them all in 1970.

We’ve delved deep into our archives to take a look at the businesses which were doing a roaring trade in York Road nearly 50 years ago.

Top Knot Wigs in York Road, Hartlepool, in 1970.

Top Knot Wigs in York Road, Hartlepool, in 1970.

And what an eclectic mix it was of shops which stick in the mind and others you might have forgotten.

Let’s get those memories of a golden era stirring once more.

Who remembers Sportskit where you could get the latest in ‘coloured laceless footballs’ or anything you needed in rugby, squash and golf.

There was Discount Furnishings where Axminster carpets started at 49 shillings and sixpence. You even got a free nylon hearth rug thrown in on some offers.

If you got along to Impact, you could get everything from panti-hose to paint, and tissues to toffee sweets (three packets of chews for 2 and 6)

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How about ‘real hair wigs’ from Top Knot Wigs, or nylon alternatives from four shillings and sixpence. It offered a ‘full wig service’ with styling and setting included.

If you were a bike lover, there was Robert Robinson’s at Carlton Corner. It was dubbed ‘The Cycle and Motor Cycle People’ and stocked great mopeds and motor bikes.

There was The Chicken and Egg for your latest poultry offers, or Delifare if you wanted a high-class butchers.

There was Les Payne and Sons for all your home decorating needs, and Harrison the chemists where you could get your films developed, or stock up on mens toiletries.

If you got along to Impact, you could get everything from pantyhose to paint, and tissues to toffee sweets (three packets of chews for 2 and 6).

And if you wanted something a bit stronger, Cameron’s Wine Shop was just the job for rose’s from Spain, Portugal or France – and a snip at 10 shillings and 9 pence.

F Birch and Son was the perfect place to head if the weather was sweltering. You could get your hands on short sleeved shirts, drip-dry trousers and ‘quality holiday wear’.

And two well-known York Road favourites were H Lamb the Jeweller with its famous clock, and Floyd-Taylor Motors. Back then, it was a Fiat dealer which was open from 7am each weekday.

Just round the corner there was Perry’s which specialised in radios and televisions.

And if you wanted your second-hand electrical appliance fixed, JC Herbert was a great choice. You could get repairs done within three days and even get ‘kettle elements fitted while you waited’.

Who could forget Frank Wrights, which was a bookseller and stationer. It stocked artists materials, maps and guide books, stationery and lots more besides.

What memories do you have of York Road in 1970 and which shop did you love the most?

Or is there another shopping area you would like us to feature in the weeks to come?

Get in touch and tell us more by emailing chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk