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OUR STORY

Thorns is a family run business and was established in 1835 by a London merchant named Robert Elliot Thorn. He came to own many properties within the city and noticed there was an opening in the market for an Ironmongers and decided to set up the company. As his sons were not interested in joining the business but rather to answer the call of God as missionaries in Africa, Robert was joined by Charles Fisher'Ishbill and Thomas Paston Senior. The business has remained with the Paston family right up to the present day, since the death of Robert Elliot  Thorn.

In 1973, Thomas Paston junior was joined by his Son-in-Law Peter Motts and in 1995 by Peter's daughter Miriam. In 2011 they were joined by Peter's second daughter Emily.

The store has served the needs of Norfolk and beyond, and then, as now, our mission statement still holds true: "To provide outstanding levels of honest, friendly and reliable service, together with great availability and prices."

Our staff are waiting to help you. If you have any queries, we will do our best to answer them, either in person or by telephone, email, Facebook and Twitter!

We stock thousands and thousands of items within the eight departments of our store, ranging from the humble tap washer to sophisticated power tools, and kitchen utensils through to garden furniture.

As we are virtually unlimited in our choice of suppliers, nor limited by national buying policies, we can usually satisfy your individual requirements with the minimum of fuss or delay.

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