What was your favorite toy store in Norfolk?

Over the years, Norfolk has been a haven for any child in search of the latest toys, with a plethora of large independent toy stores across the county.

From old favorites like Kerrison’s and Langley’s to new additions like Hamley’s, Norfolk still has some great options for buying everything from plush toys to action figures.

But what was your favorite toy store as a kid and is it featured in the images from our archive below?


Watched by family members, a youngster sits on a tricycle in the toy section of the Arnolds store in Great Yarmouth in 1967.
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Do you still have stuffed animals from your childhood like this monkey in a toy store in Stalham? Dated: December 4, 1975.
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Local stores sold toys of all shapes and sizes, from this young boy in 1967 trying out a tricycle to this creepy monkey in a Stalham toy store in 1975.


Brandon toy shop - young girl enjoying the rocking horse photo taken November 24, 1966 EMBARGO 10174-4

Brandon toy shop – young girl enjoying the rocking horse photo taken November 24, 1966 10174-4 EMBARGOED FOR USE FROM OUR ARCHIVES DEC 2016


Mother and child looking at dolls in a toy store.  Dated: November 16, 1959.

Mother and child looking at dolls in a toy store. Dated: November 16, 1959.
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Langley in 1978

Langley in 1978.
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Mother and daughter looking at the Tiny Tears doll in a Beccles toy store.  Dated: December 1, 1967.

Mother and daughter looking at the Tiny Tears doll in a Beccles toy store. Dated: December 1, 1967.
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Beccles Toy Store - Mother and Daughter!  looking at Tiny Tears doll - photo taken December 1, 1967 m6571-1

Beccles Toy Store – Mother and Daughter! looking at Tiny Tears doll – photo taken December 1, 1967 m6571-11a photo for use in Let talks dec 2015
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King's Lynn - Kids Shops Alan Hemmings is the envy of his friends as he models King's Lynn

King’s Lynn – Kids Shops Alan Hemmings is the envy of his friends as he models the King’s Lynn boys number 1 Christmas toy … a Batman outfit. Also at the top of the list of wanted items in that Lynn’s toy store that year were James Bond’s gadgets and gadgets from the TV series “The Man from Uncle”. Dated November 1966 Photograph C6304 Photograph and caption used in the 1996 book “Images of King’s Lynn” published by the Eastern Daily Press – Christmas Time chapter, page 153
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Norwich Buildings KKerrisons Toy Shop on Aylsham Road dated 23 November 1988 Photograph -

Norwich Buildings K Kerrisons Toy Shop on Aylsham Road dated 23 November 1988 Photograph – C2234
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Kerrison’s has been in the city for over 40 years, while Langley’s has been a Norwich icon since 1883.


Langleys, Royal Arcade in 1976. Photo submitted

Langleys, Royal Arcade in 1976. Photo submitted
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