Sheffield Record Shops : D – F

Dewhurst’s. 52 Church Street

Dewhurst Records Church Street Sheffield

“Gramophone Supply Depot”. Hard to be certain if this is Church Street in the City Centre, or one of the suburbs. This seems to be an early shop judging by the 78 sleeve, which is actually a sample of The British Ideal Record Protector over-printed with the shop name. A later bag for the same address lists Dewhurst’s as simply The Gramophone Shop.

Duwe’s. 10 Castle Street
Records and supplies. May have also been a trade supplier.
(entry in Sheffield & District Trades Directory 1927-28, also listed in Manchester same year). No sleeve available.

Elmes & Co. Ltd., W.H. 349 Sharrow Vale Road

Elmes & Co. Ltd., W.H. 349 Sharrow Vale Road
The sleeve graphics suggest a business going in the 1940s or early 1950s. The shop is now a frame makers, but the building retains much of it’s original look.

Fish’s, 593 London Road (opposite Heeley Station); 23 & 25 Hereford Street (off The Moor) and later 154 Duke Street, Park

Fish's 593 London Road Sheffield

“Buy Your Records From Us We Have The Stocks!” An 8″ sleeve and the cabinet shown on it suggests a date of around 1925. The Hereford Street (W. Fish was a bootmaker at 23 Hereford Street in 1911) and Duke Street shops have been pulled down. The London Road shop was a confectioners in 1905, but Walter Fish was there until 1934, a “Wireless and cycle dealer” (London Gazette). The site is probably extant but the parade of shops are all now owned by Ponsfords.

Fopp Records, Division Street, Sheffield.

Sited on the corner of Rockingham Lane, Fopp was a useful record shop, as it stocked a lot of end of line and remaindered titles, as well as new titles at good prices. I certainly visited quite a lot and usually found something to buy.  It also sold books, mostly music related. Fopp began as a market stall in Glasgow in 1981 but grew to become a chain of over 100 shops (I’m not certain when the Sheffield branch opened). They ran into problems in 2007 after trying to absorb rivals Music Zone and went into admin. HMV took the name over but closed most of the stores including Sheffield despite a local petition.  There were then serious plans to reopen across the road at the crappy Yates wine lodge building in 2009 and they supposedly even got as far as starting to refit this (and had a reopening evening at a nearby pub!), but it fell through.

I did take some photos of the shop but haven’t found them yet!  However they did have live in store slots from time to time and some footage from one is on YouTube:

Foulde’s. F. 188 Northfield Road, Crookes.
Cycle and Gramophone Dealer, Flash Lamps and Batteries Our Speciality Lines. The shop is now Little China takeaway.

Foulde's. F. 188 Northfield Road, Crookes.

 Fraser’s, 101-103 London Road

Fraser's, 101-103 London Road Sheffield

“All the latest hits and Dance Records in stock.”. They also advertised Five Audition Rooms. The modest shop still stands, albeit the front ruined by conversion to fast food outlets. It is currently empty.

Fraser’s, Moorhead

Fraser's, Moorhead Sheffield

The shop moved and expanded to become a Gramophone and Photographic Stores, and now with eighteen Audition Rooms. This site has been redeveloped.