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
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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. Barclays Bank occupied either the High Street frontage or the return in Station Road until 1972 when the bank moved into new single-storey premises to the right of Merry Bells. Since then it has had several more changes being divided into a cobblers, a butchers and a newsagents in 1934, although there is a suggestion (from reminiscences of Evan and Edith Bax that in the 1930s, there was still a post or telegraph Office element then run by Miss Iles and Miss Radford. One of the photographs shows it as Yeats, having previously traded as Phipps (in the 1940s and/or 1950s, the paper shop was owned by Mr Arkle). 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.

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