Hornes to close its doors for last time

Horne's on Skinner Street
Horne's on Skinner Street

A SKINNER Street landmark is set to close this month after trading for almost a hundred years.

Hornes Gift Shop is to close on 16 July, after its owner Chris Bostock lost his battle with cancer in March.

Jennifer Johnson and Joan Newton

Jennifer Johnson and Joan Newton

Jennifer Johnson, manager of Hornes gift shop, said: “It will be a loss.

“We have had such wonderful regular customers who are like friends.

“We have been very lucky as a shop, everybody has been very lovely to us.”

The shop, which features many original fixtures, began trading under the name Hornes Fancy Goods and Library in 1919.

“It has been a beautiful shop, lovely to work in”, added Mrs Johnson.

“We’ve had a lot of laughs with it, it’s been fun and it will be very sad when we close.”

Mrs Johnson first worked in the store in 1965, and unlike most stores, she said very few changes had taken place since then.

Since 1978 the store had been in the possession of Chris Bostock, owner of Henry Dell gifts in Scarborough, which is also closing.

His wife, Wendy Bostock, said: “It will be very sad to see the shop close as it was obviously linked so closely to Chris.

“He was very involved in the business.

“He really enjoyed it, and loved the whole process of running the shop - from the ordering to the selling.

“It will be very sad for the staff too, some of which have been here a long time.”

Pam Newton, a volunteer at Whitby Museum, was able to discover that the properties now occupied by Hornes were built in 1774, but records of ownership can not be traced until 1865, when Bradleys are shown as the registered keepers.

After periods of ownership where they were used as a post office, a toy store, a wool depository and a dairy, amongst other things, Nos.2 and 4 Skinner Street were purchased by Fred and Harry Horne in 1919 and the combined premises became Hornes Fancy Goods and Library.

The Horne family had previously owned the Whitby Gazette, the current Gazette premises were a gift store and the newspaper itself was based at 1 John Street and then 15 Skinner Street.