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Northampton Family Store

Northampton Family Store

219 Hampton Road
Northampton, Western Australia, 6535

Phone: (08) 9934 1250

Northampton Family Store

The History of Lot 11 Hampton Road

Originally a one acre block was purchased by John Hosken on the 18th July 1874 for £7. 10 shillings. He sold it to his brother William Hosken for £9 on 7th September 1875. It was part of the estate that passed to his wife Hannah upon his death on 17th August 1881 aged 34 years.

On Saturday 13th August 1910 it was auctioned at the Club Hotel in Geraldton as part of Hannah Hosken’s estate. It was bought by a business man Henry Carson for £130 and he built the present shop which it’s first occupants C Stokes and Co opened a saddlery in what is now the shoe shop in October – November 1911. The front section of the shop was divided into two shops. The south section was opened by William Lucas in 1912 as a general store and the north section opened as a Barber, Tobacconist and billiard saloon by EH Snowdon in December 1912. William Lucas lent out too much credit and went broke. Isaac Wolfe is supposed to have had this store for some time and then it was taken over by C Stokes and Co. In 1927 when the present Newsagency was opened the Barber and Tobacconist Alf Barlow moved into it with his billiard table, Stokes removed the centre wall and it became one big shop. Around this time Charles Stokes bought the building from Henry Carson and it was handed down to his son Wally who ran the store until he and his wife decided to retire. It was then sold to J M Williams and Co in 1949. By this time it had changed to a drapery store and the Williams family operated it for 54 years.

The present owners took over the store on 28th April 2003. Geoff, Joy and Penny Cripps intend to continue to keep this store original. The store is now very much a priority on the visitors “must see” list as it is one of only a few original buildings still operating in its almost original style. The wooden counters and floor boards, stamped metal ceilings and old hand operated till intrigue visitors enjoying the ambience of “a walk into the past.”

The happy wanderers of our tourist industry are always very welcome to browse and reminisce of “the good old days” or “when we were kids mom would take us shopping in a place like this”.  The stock we carry include clothing, manchester, footwear, hats, haberdashery, wool, toys, gifts and a little garden centre out the back.

We are on the main highway so there’s no excuse not to drop in and experience the store.