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13 High Street

The present Nos. 13–16 High Street were built in 1773–4 by John Gwynn to form the frontage to the new covered market and were known as “New Parade”. Nos. 13, 14, and 15 are jointly Grade II listed (List Entry No. 1369376, numbered as 12–15). No. 16 on the right is separately Grade II listed (List Entry No. 1047270). The four shops forming the original market front were in the parish of All Saints until that church was deconsecrated in 1971.

There is an avenue into the market in the centre of this group between Nos. 14 and 15, and one each side. The entrance shown on the left above was once the entrance furthest to the west, but following the expansion of the market another entrance was made through No. 10 High Street.

The first occupier of No. 13 wrote on the wet plaster “James Clarke, mercer, 1774”.

At the time of the 1851 census the hatter Nathaniel Castle had this shop and lived upstairs with his wife and his apprentice Robert Juggins, two servants, and two student lodgers.

In 1861 the hatter & hosier John Juggins lived here over his shop with his wife and son and two servants.

Photograph of 13 High Street by Henry Taunt when Miss Alice Slade was a milliner here (1882–1903)


Gridiron Club

The upstairs of No. 13 was home to the Gridiron Club from 1890 to 1913 (when it moved to premises over the Midland Bank near Carfax). The 1901 census shows Edwin Cross, the club manager, living at the club with his wife and four servants (a housemaid, kitchenmaid, kitchen porter, and page boy).

In 1911 the widow Mrs Eliza Cross (59), the manageress of the Gridiron Club, lived in the eighteen rooms over these premises with the club's bookkeeper, page, and general servant.

Occupiers of 13 High Street

1774

James Clarke, mercer

By 1830–1861

Nathaniel Castle, Hatter, hosier, etc. (to 1852)
Mrs Castle (1861)

1866–1880

John Juggins, Hatter & hosier

1882–1903

Miss Alice Slade, Milliner, florist, &c.

1904

Part of City Drapery Stores

1905–1912

Johnson Bros., Dyers
Bradbury & Hay, Tailors

1913–1914

Johnson Bros., Dyers
James E. Hall, Tobacconist

1915 –1923

Johnson Bros., Dyers

Sydney Herbert Jones, Tobacconist (1915–1918)
Charles P. Webber, Art Needlework Department (1919–1923)

1925–1971

C. P. Webber (see also Nos. 9, 10–12, and 15)

1973

Costa International Menswear (also at 9–12)

1975–1976+

Stag Shop, Men’s wear

By 1995–2014

Skipton Building Society

2014–2016

Vacant

2016–present

David Clulow (Luxottica Eyeware)

English Heritage: No. 13 when it was Miss Alice Slade’s shop

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 31 August, 2018

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