About Us

Craven & Murray Opticians has been looking after the eyes of Norden & Bamford for over ten years.

The business has gone from strength to strength, almost entirely due to word of mouth from our loyal clientele. We are proud to be a local, independent opticians and love being a part of the Norden & Bamford community.

Our team is small, down to earth and professional, boasting a total of over 100 years’ industry experience. Lewis himself has been qualified for over 20 years and will take the time to make your eye test not only thorough and precise, but also enjoyable!

At C&M we love being able to choose the right frames for faces and we will only be satisfied when you leave the practice looking great and feeling comfortable in your new glasses.

Our customers keep the business we love growing and thriving, so above everything, our aim is to provide you with the best eyecare you have ever experienced in a friendly setting.

Meet the team

Lewis Craven

BSc MCOptom (Hons)

Lewis has been qualified for over 20 years now and still enjoys the challenges of work and running a small business. Eye tests with Lewis are usually long chats interspersed with optical examinations.

Out of work he’s mad about cycling , he’s pretty good at this being the veteran British National Cyclocross champion in 2020


He’s getting to an age where he also enjoys a spot of gardening as well!

Wendy Craven

BSc MCOptom

Wendy qualified as an optometrist from UMIST in 2000 and has worked in multiples and hospital settings specialising in Paediatric Optometry. She’s still the organiser in the team and does the work in the background that nobody gets to see!  The majority of Wendy’s time is spent looking after enhanced optometry services in the NHS across Greater Manchester and East Lancashire.

Wendy loves playing netball and a good family film night. Nothing makes Wendy happier than planning her next visit abroad and she spends hours scouring the internetfor that perfect villa.

Joanne Jones

Jo has worked at Craven & Murray for the past 7 years and has worked in optics for over 25 years in various roles.

Jo loves to help clients choose frames to suit their personal style and loves to keep up to date with new styles from all of our brands.

Outside of work Jo loves nothing more than spending time with her family, even though her boys have now flown the nest. She loves to walk the dogs and arranging to get together with her friends for food, drinks and travelling.

Sarah McGregor

Sarah has worked at Craven & Murray for the past 6 years and has been in optic for over 36 years, 

Sarah is extremely organised and loves nothing more than cleaning and repairing specs! She loves to dress our window and is determined to win the Norden Carnival ‘Best Dressed’ window one year.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband Ian and grandchildren and is our resident Judith Chalmers having travelled all over the world.

Ian McGregor

Ian is our resident Yorkshire man. He qualified back in 1981 as the youngest dispensing optician of his era. He worked at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital specialising in prosthetics as a senior dispensing optician.

Over the last 30 years he has worked up and down the country and there is nothing he doesn’t know about optics, whiskey and heavy metal!

Our Brands

"How pleased I have been with your service. I came when you first opened your studio in the Village, and have been back on several occasions. At all times I have received first class personal and professional service. As you know I have recommended friends and colleagues as you have a wide range of branded modern frames, and they have not been disappointed. I wish you continuing success with your business."

Maralyn Jackson

"I am delighted with the online service I received from Craven & Murray Opticians. Wendy replied to my initial email enquiry within minutes and my frames were specially ordered and sent within 48 hours. I regularly shop online as designer frames are so expensive in Ireland and I can honestly say that the service I received from Wendy is the best yet."

A. Burns

“The service and attention to detail is that of a friendly village location yet the professionalism and product selection is what you would expect of a city centre boutique!”

Dawn Makin

"If you want a terrific choice of Designer glasses or sunglasses I recommend Craven & Murray. They have all the top designs, Chanel, Gucci, Bvlgari plus many more. You can have your prescription put into a pair of designer sunglasses with lots of style. The service is excellent and nothing is too much trouble for Wendy or Lewis to make sure you are completely satisfied with your purchase. To me it is like Aladdin’s Cave and I have to cross over the road so I don’t pass the shop otherwise I would have more pairs of glasses than anyone else. Don’t just take my word for it, pop in and I guarantee you will not be disappointed."

Sandra M Dunphy
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