48 High Street

  • Mrs Russell, postmistress circa 1890
  • As Barclays Bank
  • Thatch being removed
  • As Yeats shop
  • Shop closed and for sale in 2000
  • 2018
  • 1988, trading as Lavells as shown in the Centenary booklet
  • As Yeats shop, date not known
  • 2019
  • As Yeats shop
  • The High Street frontage when trading as Phipps
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Once a thatched cottage, this building has been much altered and extended. In 1847 it was the Post Office run by Mr Lovelock, who was also the registrar of births, marriages and deaths. He ran a general shop selling groceries and drapery. The next postmaster was John Russell and was succeeded on his death by his wife, Mary Jane Russell. As her photograph shows, she modelled herself in appearance on Queen Victoria. Following the illness of Mrs Russell, control of the property moved to her sister, Elizabeth Farthing who lived at and owned 7 Farm Close Lane, as shown in the Inland Revenue document attached to this record. The shop, fronting the High Street became Barclay’s Bank in about 1926, although this date is not supported by the Inland Revenue document. Later, apparently by 1934, Barclays Bank moved to Station Road. (From reminiscences of Evan and Edith Bax, there is also a suggestion that in the 1930s, there was still a post or telegraph Office element then run by Miss Iles and Miss Radford.) In the 1940s and/or 1950s, according to Pullen, Arkle ran a paper shop as set out in Pullen Trail (record 2033), but this was only the High Street frontage and did not include what is now the barber, which was then West Butcher (known as  ‘East and West’ as a Mr East was employed). The buildings to the left of the bank were used by Stephen Putt who used to repair shoes. Later the shop on the High Street became Phipps and, still later, Yeats as shown in two of the photographs. In 1988 it traded as Lavells Newsagents and then as Martins Newsagents.The business ceased trading in 2000 due, apparently, to an armed robbery which traumatised the owner so much that he decided not to carry on. It is once more a private house.

Barclays Bank moved adjacent to the Merry Bells in 1972

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