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Herbert Norris' Store

The photographs and information on this page have been extracted from a much longer article in the Autumn 2007 newsletter of the Friends of Swaledale Museum written by Anne Stuttard, whose grandfather was Herbert Norris who ran the shop. I am grateful to her and the Swaledale Museum for permission to put this on my web page. Copyright remains with them.

All the Friends of Swaledale Museum Newsletters are available on their site here.

The Grinton General Stores was on the north side against the Grinton small bridge over Grinton Beck. The wall in front of the right half of the store has now been removed and is the entrance to the Bridge Inn car park.

Herbert Norris (1896-1974). It is believed that he came to Grinton as a travelling salesman in the early 1920's. It's not known when he opened the Grinton General Stores shown here, but it is remembered as being there during the second world war (1939-1945).


He married Annie in 1924, but unfortunately she died a year later having just given birth to Joan.

He ran the stores by himself until he married Norah in 1933 when they ran it together.

At some stage they moved and ran the store from Corner Cottage on the south side opposite bank of the beck until they retired.