I have a really simple enquiry and request in from a reader this week relating to a local shop I’d completely forgotten about, and I think it’s worth asking you readers for help.
When I was a young man I remember a shop in Shelfield, just on the Lichfield Road not far from the garage, on the right hand side heading into Walsall. The shop was Jimmy Lawley’s Gentlemens Outfitter and must have been one of the last such shops to survive in the area.
I think James (Jimmy) Lawley’s market was largely the older gentleman and I think the shop possibly closed either with the proprietor’s retirement or passing; it later became the surgey of Doctor Norton for a while. I remember it being unusual during this period as it had a painted, jolly and old-style shop sign above the window saying ‘Doctor Norton’s Surgey’ in quite a jaunty script.
Following that period, the property seems to have been covered into a house, although STreetview shows there are still clues in the building to it’s former use.
What I’m after here are any photos or memories you have of Lawley’s Outfitters, or the building in any of it’s phases including the period as a surgery.
If you can help, please do – comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks!
I wonder how many other such shops have faded unremembered into the mists of time?