Hornchurch has had a variety of shops over the years, so we have taken a look back at some historic photos of the town's retailers.

From Havering Lighting in Billet Lane of the late 1980s, to a 1950s snap of Hornchurch Motors in High Street, we have rounded up an array of businesses from yesteryear.

Poppy's in Station Lane in 1987

Poppy's baby and children's wear on Station LanePoppy's baby and childrens wear in Station Lane (Image: Havering Libraries-Local Studies)

Poppy's was at 5 Station Lane in this row of shops from 1-13, taken in February 1987.

Arthur J. Holdbrook was the photographer, provided by Havering Libraries which shows Poppy's to the centre with red lettering over a white background.

Poppy's was a baby and childrenswear store and two doors down at number 7 was insurance brokers Grove and Dean.

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Havering Lighting in Billet Lane in 1987

Havering Lighting (middle) on Billet Lane in 1987Havering Lighting (middle, behind blue van) in Billet Lane in 1987 (Image: Havering Libraries-Local Studies)

AJ Holdbrook also took this photo which shows shops at the start of Billet Lane.

Havering Lighting, behind the blue van driving past, was started by Peter Coe in 1972.

Peter was joined by his son Colin in 1978 and they expanded into the shop next door before adding a third in 1984, Havering Libraries said. When Colin retired in April 2014 the store closed.

Hornchurch Motors in High Street circa 1950

Hornchurch Motors on High Street circa 1950Hornchurch Motors in High Street circa 1950 (Image: Havering Libraries-Local Studies)

Hornchurch Motors Limited was pictured at 113 High Street around 1950.

The Hornchurch Motor Company was listed in telephone directories until 1955 and would appear to have closed then, Havering Libraries added.

Mascot Newsagent in Park Lane in 1988

Mascot Newsagent on Park Lane in 1988Mascot Newsagent in Park Lane in 1988 (Image: Havering Libraries-Local Studies)

Next to Numark Pharmacy at 1 Park Lane stood Mascot Newsagent in a photo taken by Gilbert L Marson and provided by Havering Libraries.

The newsagent, confectioner and tobacconist is now a residential property, according to Havering Libraries.

Brewers Greengrocers in North Street circa 1960

Brewers Greengrocers on North Street circa 1960Brewers Greengrocers in North Street circa 1960 (Image: Havering Libraries-Local Studies)

To the right of this 1960s photograph you can see Brewers Greengrocers.

The premises, started in 1906 by Thomas Brewer, was soon to be demolished, according to Havering Libraries.