Fonds BR 386 - E. Hayden and Sons, opticians, of Great Yarmouth and London

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BR 386


E. Hayden and Sons, opticians, of Great Yarmouth and London


  • nd [early 20th century] (Creation)

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9 photographs, 9 copy photographs

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(fl 1900-)

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Kelly's Norfolk Directory of 1900 lists Edward Hayden, optician, at 29 Market Row, Great Yarmouth. Directories from 1904 onwards list Hayden as an eyesight specialist at 166 King Street, Great Yarmouth, where his premises comprised a shop with consulting rooms above it. The shop subsequently expanded to include the neighbouring premises, 166a King Street. The 1904 Norfolk Directory gives Alfred G. Clements, boot maker, at 166a, whilst the 1908-1922 directories list Johnson Brothers, dyers and cleaners at this address. From 1923, however, Johnson Brothers is listed at 159a King Street, so it must have been at about this date that Hayden expanded to occupy both 166 and 166a King Street.
From 1922, directories describe the business as E. Hayden and sons. Edward's four sons, Arthur, Harold, Stanley and Eric, went into the family business. Eric (who died in 1965) won a profitable contract to supply the army camp at Caister during the Second World War, and owned the shop in Yarmouth until about 1962, when the business was sold. The Hayden family are no longer involved in the business in Yarmouth, but (in May 2014) the name still continues as Hayden and Grey, opticians, at 163 King Street, Yarmouth, and a member of the family still trades as E. Hayden and Sons in Lyme Regis.
Branches of the business were also established at 89 Cheapside, London, and in Hornchurch and Harold Wood in north-east London plus High Streets at Ilford and Balham.

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Other records of the business are not thought to have survived.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 13 March 2014 (ACC 2013/354). List completed 2 June 2014 (JW).

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Photographs of the exterior of the shop and of the interior of the consulting and waiting rooms, with one photograph of a branch in Cheapside, London. The shop window in one of the photographs also lists branches in the High Streets at Ilford and Balham.

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Copyright reserved by the depositor; any requests for copies should be refered to him.

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Created 20/03/2014 by Drojr. Modified 05/04/2019 by Droip.


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