Sheffield Record Shops – W

Wells. A. E.
106 St. Philips Road
Cycles and Gramophones. Cycling suits to measure.
I have an 8″ sleeve for this shop which dates it to pre-WW1. Alfred Edwards Wells had a number of shops, latterly selling toys etc. in Walkley.

A E Wells Sheffield

Williams, Walter
783 Chesterfield Road
Records, gramophones and repairs. “You may hear any record without being under an obligation to purchase.”
Listed in the Sheffield & District Trades Directory 1927-28 at this address, the business was establish in 1905 and is still operating as an electrical retailer at the same address. They no longer sell records!

Walter Williams Woodseats Sheffield

Wigfalls / Wigfall & Son Ltd. Hy.
54 Infirmary Road, 564 Langsett Road, 64 London Road, 643 London Road, 133 & 135 Spital Hill, 564 Attercliffe Road and more.
Our terms are wonderful, est over 30 years.
Records and gramophones.
Wigfalls was a chain of shops in Sheffield (started around 1880 by Henry Wigfall if their “established 30 years” strapline on the sleeve is accurate) that sold all kinds of electrical items and household goods. Items could be bought on hire purchase and a collector would call weekly for payments. The records were a sideline designed to help sales of record players. The firm also manufactured some items locally including bikes for some reason (know locally as Wiggies Gas Pipes as they used thick metal tubing to make them rather than proper bike weight metal!). They were also agents for Gilbert gramophone players, made in Sheffield from 1922 – 1931. The firm expanded into Leeds, York, Barnsley, Worksop, Rotherham, Mansfield, Nottingham and Chesterfield. Wigfalls actually bought out Currys in the late 1970s and rebranded most of the old Wigfall shops. They in turn were bought out in 1988 by Dixon’s.

Henry Wigfall Sheffield

Wilson Peck Limited
Pianofortes by all The Worlds Leading Manufacturers. Wireless and radiograms. Service agents. Cash or easy terms.

Wilson Peck Sheffield
A real household name in Sheffield for the best part of 100 years, Wilson Pecks was the place to go for instruments, sheet music, records and concert tickets. Formed following a merger of their respective businesses by two piano retailers Arthur Wilson and John Peck in 1892, they opened at Beethoven House on Pinstone Street around 1896 (now the central branch of Barclays Bank).

Wilson-Peck-bag-74-Sheffield

Shop bag from 1974

They then moved across the road to a five floor shop on the corner of Leopold Street and Barkers Pool (1905/06 directory), also named Beethoven House and operated from there right through until 1988. At the height of their business they also had smaller shops on London Road (which closed in the late 1960s), Ecclesall Road and a branch in Nottingham. Fondly remembered by musicians and record buyers it’s not clear what led to the central shop downsizing but they moved to a much smaller shop on Rockingham Gate, and stopped selling records altogether. A few years later the owner retired and Wilson Pecks opened a tiny shop with about two pianos in it on Abbeydale Road, then closed for good in 2001.

Wilson Peck Sheffield

Wood. A.
277 South Road, Walkley.
Gramophone and electrical dealer. We are out to satisfy you.
This address (and motto) are the same as Angell’s. Angell’s opened a shop at this address, so may have sold the business later to A. Wood. The shop has been converted into a residential property.

Wood South Road Walkley Sheffield

Wood, Mrs. M. L.
16 Holme Lane
“Newsagent, Stationer & Toy Dealer.” But also an agent for Duophone and Broadcast brand records.  One suspects the records were sideline for a while. The pastoral idyll on the sleeve is a stock image but this sort of illustration is quite common on the older sleeves. 16 is still standing albeit with a refurbished facade, currently a bridal shop, but was still a newsagents into the early 2000s

Mrs M L Wood, Holme Lane, Sheffield

Wordsworth. S.
20 Clarkehouse Road
Gramophone and wireless supplies. All the latest successes.
This property is still there but has always been a house so the business must have been run from the front room.

S Wordsworth Clarkehouse Road Sheffield

2 Responses to Sheffield Record Shops – W

  1. mark talbot says:

    Hello. I wonder if you can please tell me just where the Wilson Peck shop was on Abbeydale Road? Its purely a matter of curiosity as I have a number of their old shellac 78rpm records. A peculiar sense of intrigue here as the more I read the more my interest is somewhat aroused, as the company seemed to be thriving and then simply shrank and vanished. All rather sad really.
    I would be most obliged for any information you might relay. Thank you.
    Mark Talbot.

    • simon robinson says:

      If you do a search for Lowe’s decorators shop, Wilson Peck had the corner terrace shop on the left opposite. Barely room to squeeze one piano into it from what I recall. I should have taken a photo, but they weren’t there long. Your old sleeves are from the big shop in the city centre.

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