Norman Woodward, Leicester

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Norman Woodward, Leicester

Post by AshbyCut » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:06 pm

My latest rod acquisition has a retailers label attached bearing the details :-

Norman Woodward
Braunstone Gate
Leicester
Tel 22353

From the phone number I'd guess late '60's or 1970's.

Does anyone recall this shop ?
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Re: Norman Woodward, Leicester

Post by Mark » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:07 pm

I know the road AC but can't remember the shop, perhaps it was gone before my time.
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Re: Norman Woodward, Leicester

Post by AndyPop » Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:38 pm

I have just received a call from Norman Woodward's son-in-law looking for a rod made or retailed by Norman. It is needed as a present for Norman's daughter for a wedding anniversary. Can anyone help out?
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Re: Norman Woodward, Leicester

Post by Swythyn Troutbeck » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:47 pm

AshbyCut wrote:My latest rod acquisition has a retailers label attached bearing the details :-

Norman Woodward
Braunstone Gate
Leicester
Tel 22353

From the phone number I'd guess late '60's or 1970's.

Does anyone recall this shop ?

If it's the one I'm thinking of, it's where my Dad bought me my very first rod and reel....and I still have both.

Just down the street from Lewis's, the shop was really a seed merchants. It was a sort of long and narrow corridor with the fishing tackle at the very end. You'd hardly think it was a tackle shop at all from the outside.

Bless Mr.Woodward for dissuading my Dad from getting me a short fibre-glass fishing rod just like all the other lads. He sold him a 9ft rod made out of ordinary garden cane but with a proper cork handle and fibre-glass top. The reel was a pressed alloy Easton Sun and he equipped it with "Eclipse" silk running line off a card with a quill float and two packets of hooks to nylon size 14 and 16.

Halcyon days....

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Re: Norman Woodward, Leicester

Post by AndyFrance » Sat May 14, 2016 4:21 am

Used to buy my bait from Woodwards on the way to fish the "straights", the stretch of canal just down the road from the shop. If you did not get there early, you could not get a swim. It was one of the premiere fishing venues in those days with the power station pumping hot water into the canal. You could stand on the canal bridges and see anglers as far as the eye could see. Happy days.

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Re: Norman Woodward, Leicester

Post by Harry H » Sat May 14, 2016 7:55 am

He is in the phone book from 1958-82 :Hat:
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Re: Norman Woodward, Leicester

Post by Harry H » Mon May 30, 2016 1:04 pm

Saw a splitcane cane rod of his yesterday in a local antique shop, looked like a Salmon spinning rod,agate rings throughout no labels just inscription in ink,looked a quality build.
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Re: Norman Woodward, Leicester

Post by Muscavado » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:11 am

Gentlemen,

Today I picked up a nice Glass Swingtip rod with the following inscription ;

Wal Fosberry......Marlow Downes Swing Tip Rod.....Developed by Norman Woodward, Braunstone Gate, Leicester

Does anyone know anything about Wal or why the rod was "developed" by Norman?

In the meantime, I'm going to fire off an email to Roy Marlow.

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