About Maxwells

Established in 1940, Maxwells is the number one electrical retailer in Northallerton and a member of Euronics, the largest electrical buying group in Europe.

Our History

Maxwells of Northallerton

From a business run in a converted house, Maxwell's has become one of Northallerton's leading high street retailers.

Maxwell's retails a vast range of electrical products such as washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers, LCD & OLED televisions, DVD Recorders, Home Entertainment Systems and music streaming systems. We also specialise in multi-room entertainment.

Maxwell's was founded by the late Wilfred Maxwell in 1940 in a former house in South Parade, which leads onto Northallerton's High Street, the business began life in a very small way, mainly dealing with lead acid batteries for wirelesses, as radios were then known.

By the late 1940's Mr Maxwell managed to rent premises on the High Street, at number 169 (shown below), the present day site of Wilkinsons.

Maxwells circa 1950s. In this period, Maxwells were on the west side of the High Street where Wilkinsons is now occupied.

However, in 1952 Mr Maxwell died suddenly and Mr William Handley Burton and Mr Dick Charlton, who operated as a partnership, bought the business.

Dick Charlton was a radio engineer who was interested in running the shop, and Mr Burton set up and supervised the electrical contracting side.

Business blossomed, retailing radios and televisions as well as electrical appliances.

But a move was forced on the business when, in the 1960's the Co-op wanted to expand. Maxwell's moved across the street to the first premises of its own, next door to its present shop at 129 High Street. Another sudden death that of Mr Dick Charlton forced another change in the 1960's. The retailing side was now so busy that Mr Handley Burton had to spend his time running the shop at the expense of the electrical contracting side of the business. This was gradually phased out, as electricians who left were not replaced.

It was at the end of the 1960's that the present proprietor, Mr William E. Burton, joined his father and today him, his wife Mavis and his son, Paul are the sole proprietors. Handley Burton sadly died in Autumn 2004.

Circa 1969 on the East side, next door to our current premises

Further expansion has included building a new frontage adjoining the original shop and in front of a chapel which had a long drive leading to it from the High Street.

Circa 1975 and our current location

And in the mid 1980's, part of the former Naylor's Garage showroom next door was bought by the Burton's to accommodate another expansion.

Mr William E.Burton is proud of the fact that personal service is still a prime requisite of this long-established family business.

The Burton family has been associated with Electricity since the early part of the 20th Century, when the great-grandfather of Mr William E. Burton (present day owner of Maxwell's) brought Hydro-Electricity to the Yorkshire Dales villages of Askrigg (Wensleydale) and Reeth (Swaledale).

Present owner Mr William E Burton is proud of Maxwell's heritage and has had restored a number of the vintage vehicles that were used by Maxwell's in the 'Good old Days'.

Maxwell's collection of classic cars