5 Station Street

Fred Maltby

In the 1940s, Fred Maltby, a photographer was based at 5 Station Street.

Entry from 1941 Kelly’s Directory

In 1939, Fred Maltby was living there, with his wife Dorothy, and it appears that he was also an air raid warden. He had been born in March 1910. He married Dorothy Harrison in 1933. They had four children, Robert (b1934), Janet (b1936), Freda (b1942) and John (b1949). Sadly, Robert died in 1966 from a heart-related condition. His son, Trevor Maltby noted that he left a widow, Phyllis Eileen, and five children. Her maiden name was Walters and she was known as Eileen but Trevor notes “to me known as mum“. Trevor was the eldest of five children. The youngest girl was only a few months old when Robert died.

Fred died in 1983. There is a photo of his and Dorothy’s gravestone available here.

Harry Dyson Fox

In 1928, as well as being a tobacconist at 7 Station Street, Harry Dyson Fox was a confectioner at 5 Station Street.

Entries from 1928 Kelly’s Directory

The Reddishs

According to the 1921 census, Thomas and Gertrude Amelia Reddish were living at 5 Station Street with their three children, Dorothy (b1915), Kenneth (b1917) and Clifford (b1920). He was listed as a manager in a grocery shop. His employer was listed as C B Beecroft and Sons, Grocers and Provision Dealers. His place of work was given as Devonshire Square, Sutton in Ashfield.

The Chappells

In 1911, William and Susannah Chappell were living here. We have come across him as a fruiterer at 3 Station Street in 1928. Here, he is listed as a fruit and potato salesman and sweet and chocolate dealer.

The Hibberts

In 1901, Charles and Georgina Hibbert were living here with their three children Percy (b1883), Victor (b1887) and Edith (b1889). Georgina’s mother, Eliza Roads, was also listed with them. Charles, Percy and Victor were all identified as framework knitters.

Maltby and Griffiths

At some point, this business became Maltby and Griffiths, see Trevor Maltby’s comment below.

View looking down Station Street from the corner with Hodgkinson Road – Image Source: Kirkby Living Memory. The first shop visible is Maltby and Griffiths at number 5. Based on feedback from Lesley Bignell on the Kirkby Living Memory Facebook Group, this photo is after 1970 as it shows gents’ hairdresser G W Whetton. He only moved from Lowmoor Road to Station Street at that time.
Maltby and Griffiths’ Christmas window display in 1967. The display was designed by Neil Lancashire who also took the photo. I am grateful to Neil for permission to include this photo here

Was the Name Maltby and Griffiths Adopted in 1948?

This may have been in 1948 as their advert in the 1969 directory refers to Maltby and Griffiths being 21 at that time.

1950 advert for Maltby and Griffiths in the Kirkby official guide
Advert for Maltby and Griffiths in the 1969 directory
Advert for Maltby and Griffiths which appeared in the Handel’s Messiah programme for 1956

Well-known Wedding Photographers

As a local firm of photographers, they were well-known in the area with many people commenting that they took their wedding photographs. In a discussion of this on Kirkby Living Memory Facebook Group, Christine Evans noted that “they had quite the reputation of being THE photographers to use back then“. They also did passport photos.

Above and below leaflet for Maltby and Griffiths wedding photography. These are taken from Kirkby-in-Ashfield People Facebook Group with permission
An example of a 1961 Maltby and Griffiths wedding photo. This appears on the Annesley OC Heritage Extra Facebook page and is used with permission
Maltby and Griffiths 1980 invoice for providing wedding photos. I am grateful to Kath Harris for sharing this and for permission to include here

Continued into the Eighties

Maltby and Griffiths appear to have operated at least into the 1980s as evidenced by the invoice above. In addition, they appear on the notice for the window spotting competition from that era.

Advert which appeared in a notice of a window-spotting competition in the 1980s – image from Kirkby Living Memory Facebook Group

Harold Griffiths and Len Scothern

At some point, it appears that Fred Maltby stepped down from the business and it was run by Harold Griffiths and Len Scothern. Based on Trevor Maltby’s comment below, this may have been at the time the name changed. Harold Griffiths and Len Scothern are noted as the firm’s Directors in the advert for 1953.

1953 advert for Maltby and Griffiths in the carnival programme

Len Scothern

In a discussion on Kirkby Living Memory Facebook Group, a number of contributors noted that Len Scothern was a photographer for Maltby and Griffiths. Julie Warren recalled that he had red/sandy-coloured hair, lived in Kirkby and his daughter was called Sharon. Wendy Harris recalled being at school with Sharon and that her dad had taken her wedding photos. Denise Homer recalled him and noted that her dad knew him well.

It seems that he was also a Director. Based on the 1980 invoice above, Harold Griffiths was no longer a Director and M Scothern had taken his place.

Recollecting Maltby and Griffiths

Edith Searson in her book(let) “I Also Remember” notes that there was Maltby and Griffiths photographers here in a small shop in comparison to the large shop housing Mrs Fox’s millinery business next door. However, I think she may be referring to number 9 as described elsewhere. She also mentions that Maltby and Griffiths not only took photographs but they also sold cameras and “other articles to help amateur photographers“.

She notes that the business was started by Ken Maltby but I wonder if she meant Fred. I did wonder if Ken Maltby might have been Fred’s father but, from the 1911 census, it seems that his father was John and he was a railway stoker. I am grateful to Freda Noble, Fred Maltby’s daughter, for confirming this information and for noting that Fred Maltby’s father was known as “Jack”. Fred’s mother’s name was Louisa and he maiden name was Taylor.

In a discussion about 5 Station Street on Kirkby Living Memory Facebook Group, Neil Lancashire noted working there in the 1960s when it was Maltby and Griffiths.

Freda Noble, noted that it was her father who had started the photo shop. She commented, “most pictures in the local history books are his. I still have some, and one of a carnival horse and carriage. I don’t know who the people riding it are“.


As noted by Freda Noble, I have come across a large number of photographs that were taken by Fred Maltby or Maltby and Griffiths. By way of example, some of Festival Hall can be seen here. The one of the 1951 exhibition has been published in a number of books including in the book “Kirkby & District in Old Photographs” by Frank Ashley, Sylvia Sinfield and Gerald Lee (p16). There are many other examples on Annesley OC Heritage Extra Facebook page. There is also a specific Facebook page for Fred Maltby photographs.

I am grateful to Freda Noble for sharing this example of her father’s photos. While she did not know anything about the photo, I was able to establish that Hardy’s had been a major brewery in Kimberley. I am grateful to various people on different Facebook groups for identifying that the location of the photo was outside the Greasley Castle pub in Eastwood and that the photo was probably taken in the 1950s. I am still not sure who is in the photo nor what the event was but it is possible that it shows a Carnival queen.

Fred Maltby photo taken outside the Greasley Castle pub in Eastwood circa 1950s

Maltby and Griffiths photographs were also used in postcards.

Example of 1955 Maltby and Griffiths postcard of the Quarries


Fred Maltby also took photos that were used in newspaper articles.

An example of a Fred Maltby photo used in a news article. This was in the Notts Free Press on 21 July 1939 and related to storm damage in Kirkby. The cutting appears on the Kirkby-in-Ashfield People Facebook Group and is used with permission

Maltby – A Common Kirkby Name

Maltby appears to have been a fairly common Kirkby name and one that appeared fairly frequently in grandad’s diary. According to the 1939 Register, John William and Fanny Maltby lived in Welbeck Street next-door but two to what is now 98 Welbeck Street, a house that was built for my grandmother’s parents by Albert Newcombe in the 1930s. The Maltbys’ son Walter was born in 1898, making him less than a year younger than my grandfather and he is mentioned often in grandad’s diary. For example, grandad noted in 1956 when Walter bought a car, a three-year old Morris Minor, and they also did odd jobs together. Walter worked as a colliery wage clerk. While Walter did have a younger brother called Frederick, this was not the same Fred Maltby as the photographer.

I am grateful to Freda Noble, Fred Maltby’s daughter, for confirming that these different groups of Maltbys were not related. She comments, “Regarding the Maltby’s my Dad Fred and his father John ( known as Jack) were no relation to Maltby’s in Kirkby they came from Cuckney and Clipstone way.”

5 Station Street Now

Since 2008, number 5 has had a range of occupants. From 2008-2011, it housed recruitment firm Regional Driving Services. Their name was still displayed in 2015 but the windows were boarded up. Then, in April 2017, the property was for sale and, in September 2017, it was scheduled for auction. In July 2018, a mobile phone repair company called Ifix4you had their name there. However, the property looked empty and there was a “To Let” sign in the window. Their name was still there in August 2018 and the “To Let” sign had gone.

In March 2019, their name had gone and there appears to have been an unnamed convenience store there. In September 2020, the World Food Store was there. They appeared to offer a range of international foods including from South Africa. Above the shop window were18 flags almost as in a pub quiz round. By August 2021, the flags had gone and the shutter was down. From March 2022, Zee Cosmetics and Fabrics Ltd have been there.

Zee Cosmetics and Fabrics Ltd at 5 Station Street in August 2023

2 responses to “5 Station Street”

  1. Freda Mary Noble Avatar
    Freda Mary Noble

    Hi I am Freda Noble (nee Maltby) 5 Station street was where I was born with my3 siblings. Dad was an only child and his father was a railwayman, my mother Dorothy she worked with dad at the shop, we also lived at the there, we had a great life and lots of fun at the back of shop, I new all the local shops around. anymore information I have please email me. Regards Fred

  2. Hello, As a Grandson of Dorothy and Fred, I only knew them after he’d ‘left the photography business’, I understood that there had been a ‘falling out’ that precipitated him leaving, though I am not 100% sure. I expect they kept the Maltby name for Commercial reasons, because I believe Freds photography was of exceptional in quality, and they needed to ride along with the name. Indeed I encounted many men at Bentinck Colliery, who told me of their wedding or christening photos being done by Fred, then later in their own family story, photos done by Scothern werent as crisp sometimes. I have to say though, on the few occasions I’ve visited the Heritage Centre, specifically looking for Maltby and Griffiths stuff, I’ve been met with disappointment and zero evidence of it ever existing, which is a shame because the generations locally for whom any mention of Maltby and Griffiths, brings out anecdotes of their lives, are declining.

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