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45–46 Cornmarket


45-46 Cornmarket

The two old shops that stood here were rebuilt for Gordon Thoday’s fabric shop in c.1972.

In the censuses (former old shops)

1841

No. 45 is occupied by the chinaman Edward Sutton (35) and one shopman.

No. 46 is occupied by the cutler Sarah Robinson (50) and John (25), Jane (20), Sarah (15), and Jemima (13).

1851

No. 45: Sutton no longer lives over his shop, and the accommodation is occupied by his manager, Thomas Seaman (32) and his wife Lydia (31), who is described as the assistant manager. They have four children: Sarah (5), Thomas (4), Hannah (2), and Fanny (less than two months), as well as a governess and a female servant.

No. 46: The saddler Henry Adams (25 and unmarried) lives over his premises with one female servant.

1861

Nos. 45 & 46 now appear to be one shop, and the upstairs is still occupied by Thomas Seaman (42), who is described as a coal glass and china merchant. He is a widower living with three of his younger children: Thomas (15), Hannah (12), and Susan (7), as well as his niece Ellen Wells. A governess (described as a boarder rather than a servant) is living with the family.

1881

Nos. 45 & 46 are described as “unoccupied”, implying that Lambert’s millinery shop occupied the whole premises.

Occupants of 45 and 46 Cornmarket listed in directories etc.

Date

No. 46 (left) No. 45 (right)

1839–1846

Sarah Robinson
Cutler (1839)

John Robinson
Cutler (1846)

Sutton & Son
China & Glass Warehouse (1839)

Samuel Sutton
China dealer

1852

Henry Adams
Saddler

Spiers and Son
China & glass dealers

1867

Oxford Furnishing Co Ltd

1872

Wiseman & Blake, Linen drapers

1880

L. Lambert, Millinery & baby linen establishment

(numbered simply 45 henceforth)

1890

Hatch & Co., Japanese Art Depôt

1901–1902

Lloyd’s Oriental Café Ltd

1911–1970

Cadena Café Ltd

Tea merchants (1911–1921)

Restaurant & Coffee Specialists (1932)
Also takes in the shop to the west, formerly 47, which is now given the number 46.

Rebuilt in c. 1972 (at the same time as No. 44 to the north)

1973–1976

 Gordon Thoday Fabrics
(also 44 to the north)

1986–2015

HMV (southern half)

2016–present

Leon

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