Rugby shop owner seeks help over vinyl discovery

Record sleeves found at Just for the Record NNL-161128-173727001
Record sleeves found at Just for the Record NNL-161128-173727001

An independent shop owner in Rugby is seeking help from Advertiser readers to learn more about a discovery brought into her store.

A loyal customer of the Just For The Record vinyl record shop, on the first floor above Hunt’s book shop in High Street, Rugby, brought in an interesting find recently.

Sleeves from Just for the record NNL-161128-173900001

Sleeves from Just for the record NNL-161128-173900001

Shop owner Sally Wolanski explained: “A customer kindly brought these old gramophone record sleeves into the shop which he found in the rafters of a another customer’s roof whilst doing some repairs.

“I wondered whether any of your readers might be able to shed any light as to when these shops ceased business?”

“They were found in such an unusual place with little being known about their history – does anyone know these shops?”

The names on the record sleeve are Foort’s Pianos, which was based at 23 Church Street, JTE Brown of 6-10 Albert Street and 7 Sheep Street, Hansons – the leading house for pianos and gramophones, and Dadley and Wheeler record house of 3 Clifton Road.

Avid record collector Sally fulfilled a lifelong dream when she opened her own vinyl shop in September this year.

Sally augmented the stock at her shop with some 6,500 records she had amassed over more than 30 years.

Demand for vinyl has gone through the roof in recent years with even some high street supermarkets getting in to the act and selling vinyl.

She sells a wide range of music from rock and disco from the 50s to the 90s to reggae, punk, jazz, folk and country.

Hunt’s downstairs sells sheet music and song books.

It is open Mondays-Thursdays and Saturdays.

Those with any information can contact Sally by calling 07983 880300, email or visit its Facebook page by searching for ‘JustForTheRecordShop’.