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Stanton's Music Shop

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We are looking for memories about Stanton’s music shop in the 1950s so that we can recreate it in our new 1940s-60s historic town.

What we need & how to contact us

The building we are recreating was knocked down in the late 1950s and replaced with a modern flagship store. Right now, we are looking for memories of Stanton’s old home prior to 1960.

We are very keen to hear from anyone with memories of the 1950s shop; who bought records, instruments, or electronics from Stanton’s; or anyone connected with the Stanton, Howarth or Nash families.

This building has so many stories to tell, so if you or anyone you know remembers Stanton’s during this period, please get in touch via

About Stanton’s

James Stanton founded his piano tuning business in Tipton in 1870, and shortly after set up a “pianoforte and harmonium warehouse” on Owen Street. In 1895, he opened a shop at 10 Castle Street, in Dudley. By the 1950s, the shop was in the hands of his daughter-in-law Florence, her daughter Audrey Howarth, and a managing director, Frederick Nash.

In the late 1950s, much of Castle Street was demolished for Dudley’s town centre redevelopment, including replacing the old, Georgian building with a brand new block. It is the older building that will be recreated in the Museum’s new 1940s-60s town centre.

Stanton's sold a range of musical instruments, including their traditional pianos but also electric organs and electric guitars. They moved on from gramophones to sell radiograms, radios, televisions and record players, as well as records to play on them which could be tested at listening booths first. 

Why Stanton’s?

Stanton’s enables us to talk about the music and culture of the Black Country in the 1950s, including the rise of rock’n’roll and changing fashions.

We are researching the older building, Stanton’s original shop in Dudley. It gives us the opportunity to display early televisions, record players (like the Dansette, with its changers manufactured by the tens of thousand at BSR in Stourbridge), transistor radios (like those made by Ever Ready in Wolverhampton) and even early reel-to-reel tape recorders. We will be able to demonstrate and invite customers to have a go at playing musical instruments like electric organs and guitars, and listen to records in the listening booth. Through this, we will tell the changing story of Black Country culture: the birth of rock’n’roll, the rise and fall of the teddy boy, and much more.

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