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Hunt to find oldest chip shop in Ilkley
8:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in Local news
The owners of an Ilkley fish and shop have traced its history in a bid to find out if it is the oldest in the town.
Hayley and Jonathan Hunt have been running North Parade Fisheries at 1 North Parade, Ilkley, for the last 16 years. During that many customers have come into the shop saying they remember it from when they were a child and how much the area has changed.
The comments prompted the couple to trace the history of the shop and, being still in contact with previous owners who they bought the shop from, they could easily trace the recent owners back to 1988, but before that it became more difficult.
It was then they decided to turn to the West Yorkshire Archive Service for help.
They discovered that the property was built in 1904 by Tom and Isaac Dean and was first bought by James Pollard who ran the shop as a grocer.
Haley said: “The property exchanged hands twice and then in the summer of 1933 was bought by Norman Earnshaw, a fish restaurant proprietor, making the fish and chip shop 80-years-old this summer. Does this make it one of the oldest fish and chip shops in the area?
“Mr Earnshaw’s grandaughter is still a customer and says that she remembers having to go to the station with a wooden cart to get the fish from the train. The frying range was coal fired then. The shop was closed for a few years after the death of Mrs Earnshaw, and was bought by Mr Ken Walker in the early 1970s. His sister ran the shop before he sold it on.
“The shop has seen many changes, but has always been, and still is, a family run business. We take pride in getting to know our customers and offering them the best quality products cooked traditionally.
“Due to the location of the shop we do not get passing trade, so we have to maintain high standards and keep our products fresh. Our customers are local people who live in Ilkley and many have become regulars.”
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