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39 Cornmarket Street: Timpson's


39 Cornmarket

No. 39 probably has an ancient core under its nineteenth-century front. It is Grade II (list entry 1047327). It has always been in the parish of St Michael-at-the-Northgate Church.

This narrow house was occupied by Mr Roberts in 1772, when a survey of every house in the city was taken in consequence of the Mileways Act of 1771. The width of its frontage was recorded as being 3 yards, 0 ft. and 4 in.

George Bland, an umbrella manufacturer, had this shop from 1890 to 1932. Part of his shop can be seen on the left of this photograph of c.1900.

The estate agent E. Gordon Hudson was here from 1935 to 1962.

By the late 1980s it was already a Heel Bar (photograph).

Occupants of 39 Cornmarket Street listed in directories etc.

1839

William Wise, Boot and shoe maker

1841

John Graham, Bookbinder

1846

Thomas Lord, Straw hat maker

1851–1852

Silas Butler, Baker & Pastry cook

1861

William Randall Mattherson, Robe maker

1867

E. Brailsford, Confectioner

1871–2

Lewis Solomon, City & county toy& fancy bazaar

1880

R. T. Hobbs, Tailor, robe& breeches maker

1890–1932

George Bland, Umbrella manufacturer (George E. Bland from 1911)

1935–1962

E. Gordon Hudson, Estate agent
Also running Hastings (later Hastings & Thanet) Permanent Building Society (1935–1956)

1964–1966

No listing

1968–1976

Finlays Ltd,Tobacconists

Late 1980s

Heel Bar

1996–present

Timpson Shoe Repairs

39 Cornmarket Street in the censuses

1841

John Graham (25), a bookbinder, lived here with Anne (26) and Anne (2) and William (three months). They had a female servant aged 14.

1851

Silas Butler (31), a baker & pastry cook, lived over this shop with his wife Eliza (28) and son John Wesley Butler (5). His 16-year-old apprentice, Thomas Gomm, lived with the family, and they had a lodger: Louisa Giles (24), described as the wife of a college servant, and her daughter Julia (10 months).

1861

William Randall Mattherson (28), a robe maker, lived here with his wife Elizabeth (32) and his daughter Elizabeth, and his step-children Fanny and William Gardiner (aged 12 and 6). They had a 14-year-old female house servant.

1871

Lewis Solomon (18), the son of the successful jeweller of the same name at 29 Cornmarket, lived here over his shop with his 15-year-old brother Joseph (15), who was his assistant.

1881

Listed as “uninhabited”, probably part of the tailor’s shop downstairs.

1891

Listed as uninhabited: probably part of the umbrella shop downstairs.

1901

Listed as uninhabited but in occupation: probably part of the umbrella shop downstairs.

1911

No listing.

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