A look back at the Norwich W&G Boston company

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11:06 November 21, 2021



Strollers, riding hats, wedding rings and chef’s blankets are some of the items people remember buying at an old Norwich business.

W&G Boston is believed to have opened around 1856 with a clothing store on Farmers Avenue, a neighboring jeweler and pawnshop on Orford Street, and a stroller store – named George Boston and Sons – located on Orford Hill.

On an online blog recalling the old Norwich stores, he said the company specializes in work clothes like warehouse coats and the chef’s black-and-white plaid pants.

Joe Mason wrote: “The Boston stroller store had closed in 1974, but the clothing store had to last until the redevelopment of Farmers Avenue with the construction of the Castle Mall. “


W&G Boston clothing store and jewelers on Orford Street in Norwich, 1986.
– Credit: Archant Library

We asked readers to recall their memories of W&G Boston on our Norwich Remembers Facebook page.

Mike Jones said: “Bostons owned most of the stores in and around this area. I vividly remember the three spheres hanging outside Boston when it was a pawnshop. were hanging is still there. “

Stephen Coote said: “I received four full sets of chef blanks when I started my apprenticeship in 1966.

“I bought my cute tansad double stroller from there, oh boy it was heavy, but very sturdy,” said Bernahdette McGuire.


Boston wine bar in Norwich in 1990.

Boston wine bar in Norwich in 1990.
– Credit: Archant Library

Ann Brittian commented: “I bought my wedding ring there in 1967.”

“I bought my first set of Chef’s whites from there in 1957. Learning at Purdy’s on Tombland,” Trevor Creed said.

Sue Strutt said, “I was a crazy pony kid. I remember buying my first riding hat and my first jodhpurs.


Bostons wine bar in Norwich in 1993.

Bostons wine bar in Norwich in 1993.
– Credit: Archant Library

“Remember the window full of strollers,” commented Liz Norkett.

The Farmers Avenue site then operated as the Napier Tavern and succeeded that Boston restaurant and wine bar from around 1990 to 1997.


Boston wine bar in 1993.

Boston wine bar in 1993.
– Credit: Archant Library

Gwen Batten said she remembers meeting her friends at the restaurant for coffee.

It then opened as Owens Café Bar, but underwent various name changes.

The site was called Traffik from 2007 to 2008, Bling Pag in 2009, Over De Flames in 2010 and Basement in 2011.


Boston wine bar in 1994.

Boston wine bar in 1994.
– Credit: Archant Library

Today, the former W&G Boston store on Farmers Avenue across from the Bell Hotel is occupied by a barber and the former jeweler on Orford Street is a nail bar.


Boston wine bar in 1994.

Boston wine bar in 1994.
– Credit: Archant Library


Bostons wine bar in Norwich in 1993.

Bostons wine bar in Norwich in 1993.
– Credit: Archant Library


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