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W Drever Grocer c 1910 ?
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W Drever Grocer c 1910 ?

Old photo of W Drever Grocer's shop with, presumably, Mr & Mrs Drever outside. Has been made into a postcard and there is writing on the other side. Can anyone tell me where this is? The original is not very clear, I have tweaked the contrast considerably.
Picture added on 18 June 2013 at 00:42
Looks like school place and The Rockie Shop!
Added by Barbara (Jolly) Watt on 18 June 2013
I'm sure this shop is what came to be known as the "Rocky" shop - i.e. the 'tuck' shop for pupils of the original KGS be they primary or secondary pupils.
The shop is at the foot of School Place and the top of the Strynd but is, of course, no longer a shop.
I think anyway !!
Added by John (Bertie) Miller on 18 June 2013
It looks like the Rocky Shop at the top of the Strynd, now a house I think.
Added by Norma Campbell on 18 June 2013
This is what was known as the ROCKY Shop at the top of the Strynd,which served pupils at the School Place Kirkwall Grammar School in my day Jim.
Owner then was a lady known as Louie Foubister.The date I refer to is 1939 until ????
Added by Peter Burges on 18 June 2013
This looks like "The Rocky Shop" at the top of the Strynd where many a sweet was bought by school children.
Added by Ian M Gibson on 18 June 2013
I may be wrong but it looks to me like the shop at the top of The Strynd in Kirkwall which later became "Loui" Foubister's "tuck shop" where countless numbers of school children bought their playtime pieces. I remember buying licquorice and pitch sticks there. Loui was always smiling and good for a blether with the kids. Happy memories.
Added by Myra Shearer. on 19 June 2013
It's the Rocky Shop at the top of the Strynd. The building on the right was a cabinet makers
Added by John Schollay on 19 June 2013
is it Louis sweet shop at the top of the Strynd
Anonymous comment added on 21 June 2013
W. Drever's shop was situated at the foot of School Place. The building still exists. I believe it was also known, perhaps later, as the "Rocky Shop" by pupils at the nearby school, now the Council offices.
Added by David Mackie on 22 June 2013
I believe this to be the old shop at the bottom of School Place and at the top of the Strynd. A great peedie shop where all the kids from Kirkwall Grammar School used to get their sweeties.
Added by Eddy Ross on 23 June 2013
That is the Rockie shop at the top of the Strynd. The shop door has now become a window but the house is otherwise much the same.
Added by Ian Tait on 25 June 2013
Yip that's one of the easier ones!
Added by Billy Cardno on 28 June 2013
I remember going to Louie's (and later when it became Ina's) with my little "D" (2 oz I think) or "E" (1/4 lb) coupon from my ration book and a threepenny bit. (Rhubarb rock was one of my favourites!!) Not sure when rationing finally ended but the "Rocky Shop" was still a favourite place in the early 1950s when I left Orkney.
Added by Freda Jackson on 09 July 2013
The cabinet maker was Ian Tulloch
Added by Anonymous2 on 09 July 2013
The cabinet maker was Tommy Tulloch he was my uncle
Added by Ian Tulloch on 14 July 2013
Many thanks to all.
Added by Jim Eunson on 15 July 2013
Hi cousin Jim and other contributors but I think I have contributed on this shop in another photo within the Image Library - one taken by Jimmie Sinclair circa 1948.
At the end of the 19th century a Mrs Smith had this shop. I think she was the first to have it as a shop. She sold hand-made rock in it hence the name "Rocky Shop." From 1903 - 23 it was owned/run by Mr & Mrs Drever who may well have continued the tradition of rock. Maybe not. But the name stuck all the same. Louie Foubister took it on in the 1920's and ran it until she retired. Then a Mrs Robertson ran it. I'm not sure if any one had it as a sweetie shop after that. With the old KGS finally closing in 1975 and all pupils now at Papdale there would not have been much custom to keep a shop going. Maybe someone from among the last pupils in 1975 can enlighten us further.
Added by David Partner on 24 July 2013
When I went to school in the 1950s this shop was run by Ina McGillivary . The shop was then run by Allan Donaldson until it closed . The building was made into a house now owned by Jimmy Allan from Stronsay.
Added by W.P.Drever on 10 September 2013
My grandmother was born there I can remember her telling me about the old rocky shop she used to make the rock then twist it there was 13 of them born in that little cottage and my sisters middle name is Drever I don't know where she met my grandfather but she ended up in berwick upon tweed with her brother their name was Aitken
Added by Zillah Westover on 19 September 2021
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