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43 Cornmarket Street: NatWest Bank


43-44 Cornmarket

The building on this site has always been in the parish of St Michael-at-the-Northgate Church.

In 1772 a survey of every house in the city was taken in consequence of the Mileways Act of 1771. According to Salter, No. 43 was occupied by Pricket and had a frontage measuring 9 yards 0 feet 6 inches.

In 1899 the linen draper Alfred Bull combined this shop with his original shop at No. 44 to the south. The photograph below dating from c.1920 shows the earlier shops at No. 43 (right) and part of No. 44  (left) when the drapers H. & E. Morton occupied both shops.

43 & 44 Cornmarket.

Occupants of 43 Cornmarket Street listed in directories etc.

1839–1846

J. Plowman

Furnishing Ironmonger, Brush Factor,
Oil & Colour Mercht., Bell Hanger, Tin Plate Worker,
Whitesmith, Basket Maker, Cooper, Lithographic Draughtsman & Printer

Sarah Plowman, Ironmonger (1846)

1851–1891

John B. Brown
Ironmonger & gas fitter

Upstairs:
Swearse & Thompson, Solicitors in 1880
Henry Frank Galpin, Solicitor in 1890

1899–1905

Alfred (A. H.) Bull Ltd., Linen drapers
+
Mutual Life Insurance Co
and Beauchamp E. Tyrwhitt, Solicitor, in 1899

1907–1925

H. & E. Morton, Drapers (together with No. 44 to the south)

1928–1932

Greatbatch & Co. Ltd
China & glass showrooms

1935–1972

Manfield & Sons Ltd
Boot makers

1973–1981

Dolcis Shoe Co

1986–2015

Part of HMV to the south

2015–2017

Vacant

2017–present

NatWest Bank

43 Cornmarket Street in the censuses

1841

James Plowman (30) ironmonger, lived here with Maria (25) and Joseph (5), plus one shopman.

1851

The ironmonger John Beck Brown (26), described as the employer of six men, lived here with his wife Emma (22) and his daughter Annie (one month). A shopman also lived with them, and they had one female servant.

1861

The ironmonger John Beck Brown (36), described as the employer of six men and three boys, lived here with his wife Emma (32) and his sons Charles (8) and Thomas (4). Also living with them are an assistant ironmonger Thomas Bodgner (20) and an apprentice ironmonger Edward Copeland (18). They had a female house servant and a nursemaid.

1871

John W. Hinckton (42), a surgeon, lived here with his wife Eliza (53) and his children Eliza (28), Lewis (25), Agnes (21), Adolphus (19), Francis (17), and Etherstan (14). They had one servant.

1881

James Anns (28), described as porter, lived here with his wife Ellen (28), described as a housekeeper.

1891

Ann Collins (47), the widowed caretaker of Henry Galpin's solicitor's office below, lived alone here.

1901

Fourteen young drapers' assistants who worked in the large draper's shop below lived over the premises with a housekeeper and general servant.

1911

No listing.

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