End of an era: longest trading shop in South Woodford closes down


Abbotts Stationery at 135 George Lane – thought to be the longest trading shop in South Woodford, having first opened in 1930 – has closed down.

“We were the only dedicated stationers in South Woodford, and I am very grateful for the support shown by our loyal customers over the years. It’s the end of an era, but trade has been challenging for some time, even before the pandemic,” said the last owner, who took over the long-running business in 2008.

The shop is expected to be acquired by a new business in early May.