Title ID 11487Collection ID1640
TitleEnd of an Era
CollectionHaywards Heath Movie Makers
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubNon-fictionLocal Topical
ThemeCine Club Film-Making
KeywordsShops Shopping
LocalHaywards Heath
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionHaywards Heath Movie Makers
CameraRod Willerton
EditorRod Willerton
SoundRoy Langley
ParticipantsInterviews with present owner Colin Buxton and customer Andrea Browne.
Other creditsGofer: Merv Huggett
FormatColour Sound
Duration06 min. 41 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


A short news documentary about the Balwin's Drapers shop in Haywards which closed in September 2016 after 80 years of trading.


The film includes old photographs of the shop and tells the story of its owners Stuart and Ethel Baldwin who started the business in 1935, selling mainly household linens. Interviews with present owner Colin Buxton and customer Andrea Browne explain that the shop sold an extensive range of haberdashery merchandise and was especially commended for its personal service. The decision for closure was forced due to changing customer habits and expectation and online shopping habits. Baldwins was proud to still use old fashioned wrapping such as brown paper and string. Its use demonstrated by a shop assistant. The film shows a customer purchasing some goods and various merchandise available in the shop. It also has scenes from a Haywards Heath fete where Baldwins had a tent displaying memorabilia from the business and sold a remainder of stock. Balwin's won a cup at the 1959 Trade's Fair and in 1989 was a winner in the South England Show.