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Murton's Butchers

Shop History


Shop demolished to make way for the Rookery Shopping Centre

Abt. 1955 -
Abt. 1971

Edgar John L Murton, Murton's Butchers - British Phone Books


Murton E.G. & Sons (late W.Harper)


W. Harper's Butchers - Newmarket Street Directory


Harper, William John, butcher, Wellington Street - Nkt.209 - Kelly's Directory


Harper, William John, butcher, Wellington Street - Kelly's Directory


Harper, William John, butcher & sausage maker, Wellington Street - Kelly's Directory


W. Harper, Wellington Street, Butchers - Eastern Counties of England Directory


  • William John Harper, the great-grandfather of Grant Powter (owner of Powter's Butchers) originally had his shop next door, and moved it to this location sometime before October 1900. In the 1901 census he was living in Alma Place, Lower Station Road (now All Saints Road) and by the 1911 census he was living here in Wellington Street.

  • After William retired this building became Murton's Butchers, but William's business was carried on by son-in-law Herbert 'Horace' James Hawes. Sometime before 1936 he started in a new shop - H.J. Hawes Pork Shop - further along Wellington Street towards the High Street, in its well-know location next to Drapery Row.

  • Ken Powter took over the Pork Shop from his father-in-law in 1965 and moved it again to its present location in No.11 Wellington Street.

  • The Rookery Shopping Centre was built in about 1974 - so this pretty much matches the closing of Murton's Butchers.

  • Referring to the picture above, Murton's corner shop (shown in the photo below)
    was located to the left of where the 'short stay car park' notice is now
    and William Harper's butchers / Mitsons' Cycles was to the right.

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Murtons Butchers c.1968

Murtons Butchers c.1968

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