Advent Day 20 – Wells music shop bag Late 20th Century

In the run up to Christmas we’ll show some of the objects added to the Museum’s collection in the last 12 months. These objects will be on display at the Museum until we close for Christmas on 16th December.

IMG_1073 (2) Located at 30 The Arcade, South Street, Romford, Wells Music Stores Ltd is another long lost Romford establishment. It was a popular music shop, but the business closed in 1996. The shop was often described on adverts as being alongside the police station, prior to the latter being relocated to Main Road in 1965. This bag is undated but presumably dates from after this time, perhaps from the 1970s or 1980s.

Donated by Julian Rawes


  1. Andrew Brooks on 31st August 2018 at 07:59

    I have a 7″ single paper bag from Wells Music Stores it is brightly coloured which I would say would be more 70s or maybe 60s this one looks older maybe 50s. I am happy to share a photo if you wish.

    • Pete Johnson on 31st August 2018 at 08:45

      Hi Andrew,
      Yes please, if you’d like to send in a photo, I’ll pass it on to our Collections Team to see if we can date it.
      Pete Johnson

  2. Robin Farquhar-Thomson on 3rd September 2019 at 14:17

    I have a record sleeve from this store dating from the 1930’s or 1940’s. If you want a copy sent quote DSC_0990 so I can find it!

    • Pete Johnson on 12th September 2019 at 14:32

      Hi Robin,
      Thanks for the offer, I’ve passed it over to our Collection Team to see if they are interested in it.

      Pete Johnson

  3. Sam on 10th January 2021 at 16:40

    Hello, I have an old lowrey digital piano that we want to find a new home for. On the front of the piano it has a big Wells music store badge on the front with the telephone number on below. I wondered if the museum would like it as it’s beautiful and is from Wells.

  4. Sandra Owen on 2nd June 2021 at 16:56

    I’ve got two receipts from your store in the lid of my dad’s reel to reel tape recorder, Cossor CR1601, of when he first collected it and then made the final payment on it! 😊

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