The link between Hathaways and Goffs

October 27, 2011

From Hathaways to Goffs
This Blog reported 4 years ago that Hathaways had closed, and back in April showed scaffolding going up round the old baccy shop. Hathaways was the shop on the High Street that sold smoking paraphernalia and souvenirs.

Since then the interior, the back and the roof have been rebuilt and the scaffolding removed.

From Hathaways to Goffs

A little bit of Hathaways still lives on in another shop in Abingdon. The walking sticks, and tobacco pipes were taken over by E R Goffs after Hathaways closed.
From Hathaways to Goffs
There are also a range of  bubble pipes and colourful baccy tins. As well as its core newsagency business Goffs tries to fill gaps in the Abingdon market in an enterprising way. For example, they are also a Western Union agency for people who need to send money abroad.
From Hathaways to Goffs
Mrs Goff still owns the freehold, and visited recently for the first time in a while, and was shown a display of  improvements since the current lease holders took over. It is part of the lease conditions, I believe, that the name Goff stays above the door.

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4 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. CST  |  October 28, 2011 at 11:29 am

    AHHH The Baccy shop.
    King size Rizlas,loose tobacco brings back fond memorys

  • 2. Matilda  |  October 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I don’t think you should really be promoting these items as they are not bubbly pipes but Cannabis smoking paraphernalia. This shop sells lots of drug smoking items and the beer can in your photo has a fake bottom so that you can hide your drugs in it and you can even buy pro cannabis t- shirts. I’m no prude but I certainly do not approve of this shop promoting and aiding the taking of illegal drugs and the window display of bongs brings the area down.

  • 3. Kat P  |  November 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Presumably all these items themselves are legal? If so there should be no objection to the shop selling them or to this blog carrying a photo of them.

  • 4. Matilda  |  November 2, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    It’s more a question of this businesses morals rather then then loopholes in the law that allows a business to sell items that encourage people to take illegal drugs. But if you don’t mind kids buying sweets next to hash pipes, bongs and fake cans to hide drugs in that’s your choice. My problem with this blog promoting these items is that this blog also promotes Abingdon and I don’t feel that this is a side of Abingdon that needs promoting.

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