Stamp Shop Scotgate Stamford

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Topic Originator: Alan
Post Date June 5, 2005 @ 1:53 PM
 Stamp Shop Scotgate Stamford
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 Stamp Shop Scotgate Stamford
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 Stamp Shop Scotgate Stamford

June 5, 2005 @ 1:53 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

When I was young my favourite place to go and spend my pocket money was in The Stamp Shop, Scotgate Stamford.  Mr Starsmore was the shopkeeper and he had a wonderful collection of stamps for sale.  In the window, on the window sill he had a 'snake' made of stamps all threaded on a string.  I used to buy some stamp hinges and spend ages looking through all these stamps.

June 19, 2005 @ 11:32 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I also remember the stamp shop, in my day it was run by Mrs Coleman.  It also sold home winemaking equipment & there was a distinctive brewery smell on going in!
Editor's note:
Thanks for that Rog, yes I remember Mrs Coleman, she had glasses on a cord.  I think I bought some winemaking kits and visited the shop to restock fairly regularly!

John Freear
July 27, 2006 @ 1:49 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

During the early part of the second world war the stamp shop was run by a spare bent,old(to us) eccentric Victorian gentleman, thin, with watery blue eyes, slightly ruddy cheeks, white hair, thin hooked nose. His name was Joe Starling.
Kate: Yes, John, now you say the name it seems very familiar. Perhaps my memory of Starsmore is faulty.   Do you remember the snake made of stamps on the window cill?  We used to  browse some stamps and get a few for a 1d.
Anyone else have things they remember about Joe Starling or the Stamford's own stamp shop in Scotgate?

Simon Burt
October 14, 2010 @ 8:37 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I too remember the stamp shop being run by Mrs Coleman in the early 1970's but her shop was in the High Street just past the Library. The building was divided between the stamp shop and a sweet shop at that time and I think the whole then became a cafe called the  Sugar Bowl which survived for many years.
Kate:  I think Mrs Coleman did run the stamp shop in Scotgate at first?  Was she the petite lady with her glasses on a string? I think she also sold winekits and equipment for making your own homemade wine?  Anyone remember?

October 16, 2010 @ 6:17 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

She still dealt with stamps after the shop closed as in the seventies I used to buy stamps from her house, like many have said, very petite and a very nice person.

October 17, 2010 @ 8:19 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Mr Starling moved into 16 Scotgate in 1925 and seemed to have stayed there selling books and foreign stamps until the 1970s when it became Newton and Gentle, radio dealers asnd repairers. KFa (Ken Ford again).
Does anyone remember Robinson and Green in St.Mary`s Street which later became Kelham`s minimarket?

Roger Partridge
October 18, 2010 @ 7:52 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Hi Patrick, I can remember Robinson and Green, they sold a variety of things including paint.

October 19, 2010 @ 8:42 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I used to buy my First Day covers from Mrs Coleman in Scotgate. I still have them all in a packet which mostly consist of railway covers - my own favourite subject.

Ian Denning
July 4, 2012 @ 2:59 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I have one of those snakes made from stamps, they were many made by POW's from the mid 1850 to 1920.