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  High Street (West side)     Businesses 1880-1950

Updated 03 June 2013

Please let me know if you have further information / including dates if possible email me.

Along the High Street were many plots with a narrow frontage and perhaps a single house or shop, but behind the frontage were yards in which were located many small businesses etc.  Hence it is sometimes difficult to identify and reconcile the businesses with a particular frontage.  If you have more accurate date information for any businesses please let us know

Pictures of premises (taken 2002)

Business / occupiers



1840 William Hooper
1851
Joanna Hooper
1881 Census
(probably several residences as well as section called The Bull) James & Susan Arnold, Joseph Hulks (labourer), E Chapman (railway porter), Thomas Hulks (gardner), Isaac Hulks (labourer), "The Bull" Eliza Hooper.
1891 Census David Foster Sara Lambart Susan Arnold Thomas Hulks Isaac Hulks Annie Scarborough
c1935 cottage - Tomlins, cottage - John Potter, cottage - Williamson, Chemist Judd, Thrale bros, "The Bull" pub
1956 The Bull Hotel (historical 13th century house) Mr & Mrs D W McDonald
1964 "The Bull" Hotel
1973 11 "The Bull" Pub & Restaurant (note: the Bull is No 11 and that would be the part nearest to East Lane.  Hence the other parts of the building now forming part of the Bull would have been dwellings Nos. 1,3,5,7,and 9)
1975 - The Bull Hotel & Restaurant
2000 "The Bull" Pub & Restaurant
2007 "The Bull" Pub & Restaurant
1881 a Smithy (i.e. blacksmiths)
c1935 Wheelwrights, Mr Wren
1964 Jessamine Garage
1973 - 13, 15 "Jessamine" Garage
1981 - New and secondhand cars
c1935 Cottage, Mr Wren
1964 - 17, Frost HW & Son, upholsterers
1973 - 17, 'Jessamine' Cottage
1861 - "The White Hart" pub William Chennels
pre 1881 -
"The White Hart", "The White Stag" then "The Stag" pub
1881 - Mr Winch
c1935 - Carpenter & builder, Tom Westwood
c1950's - "Home and Colonial" Store
1964 - Wheathampstead Store (Fine Fare Ltd)
1973
- "Fine Fare" mini-market
2000 - Railway videos
2010 - "Tesco Express"
1839-51 - George Nash and sister Sarah, drapers
1866 -
George & John Nash drapers
1881  -
Grocer, Draper etc, John Nash
c1935 - "Tingeys" Greengrocers, ironmonger, draper, then Stapleton
1964 - Wheathampstead Store (Fine Fare Ltd)
1973
- "Fine Fare" mini-market
2000 - "Dillon's" Newsagents, general store
c2006 - "One Stop" newsagents and general store
2010 - "Tesco Express"
c1935 - "Tingeys" Greengrocers, ironmonger, draper, then Stapleton
c1945 - Mr Cunnington had electrical counter in the Fine Fare Store
1964 - Wheathampstead Store (Fine Fare Ltd)
1973
- "Fine Fare" mini-market
2000 - "Dildar II" Indian restaurant
1881  - Wm Gatward Parish clerk & Sexton
c1935 - Amos shoes
1964 - 23, Amos G R, boot & shoe mkr
1973 - 23, Shoe shop
1975 - 23, Wattys shoe shop,
1976 - 23, Keenprint studio,    Home and Craft
1981 - 23, Mandrake Management - property management & surveying services
2000 - 23, "Down to Earth" gifts, health food
2007 Dec - 23, (closed - For Sale)
2010 - Voytek Computer Services
1881  - Amos Warren, tailor
c1935 - Greengrocer Rowe
1956 - L. Rowe Fruiterer & Greengrocer
1964 - 25, Rowe Mrs, greengocer
1973 - 25, Pekin Chinese take-away
2000, 2007 Dec - 25, house
1851 - 1871 "The Bell" pub kept by Brays owned by Sibleys
1881  -
"The Bell" pub
c1935 - "Bell & Crown" pub
1964 - 27, "Bell & Crown" pub
1973 - 27, Pekin Chinese Restaurant
2000 - 27, house
1881, 1891  - McCullock yard
c1935 - Latchford hairdresser
1956 - Whstd Domestic Store, Mrs H Gilbert, hardware, glass, china, pyrex, agent for Robbialac and Sherwood paints, Valor Stoves, Esso blue paraffin.
1964 - 29, Blackford BV, hardware
1973 - 29, Hardware Store - china, pots, Mrs Blackford
2000 - 29, empty shop
Other shops - Browns, Browns & Kiss (ladies clothes), G&T Books, Tashes & Tails (toys etc)
2007 - 29, Walney radiator showroom
2010 - Women's Institute Shop
1851 - "The Boot" pub Thomas Thrale
1861 -
"The Boot", William Howard tailor and retailer of beer (also 1870s and 1880s with Rebecca Ward as publican
1871 -
"Bricklayers Arms" pub
1881 -
"The Boot" pub
1891  - "Bricklayers Arms" pub
c1935 - Mr & Mrs Brown
1964 - 33, Akeroyd & Collins, physcns & surgns
1973 - 33, Doctors surgery they later moved to new surgery near the Memorial Hall.
pre 2007  - 33, house
1881, 1891  - John Chennells, Post Office, Drugist & Grocer
c1935 - Frank Chennels Post Office, Pharmacy,  at back was Dairy
?  - Grocery & Dairy (Mr Cox)
1964, 1973 - 35, Midland Bank
2000, 2007 Dec - Putterill's Estate Agent
2010 - John Curtis, Villages and Country Homes
c1935,  private house  also an actor lived there at one time
1964 -
39,Estate agents on ground floor, upstairs Wood & Rymer, Solicitors
1973 - 39, "Black Horse" Est agents
1975 -
39, Stimpson Lock & Vince
c1978 -
39, Lock & Vince Estate Agents
1981 -
39 Stimpson, Lock + Vince  Tel:2411/2
2000 -
39, empty shop
2007 - 39, "Master Moves" Estate agents
1851-1871 Sibley family
1881, 1891  -
Wm Thrale retired.  The Malting Farm behind.
c1935 - Miss Carter
1973, 2000, 2007 Dec - 41, White house. 

The premises behind had been workshops to Collins antiques, then Italian restaurant "The Maltings", and then Thai restaurant "The Golden Elephant"
2010 - "Thai Cottage" Restaurant

1881, 1891, c1935 - Latimores house. Family of brewers
1973,
"Lattimores" house (building was larger on RHS originally, prior to the building of the Granary Close development)
1881 - Thos. Thrale, Baker? Wm.Howard tailor
c1935 - Confectioner Trustans? Garrets shoes?
1950's ?
Auld's Bakers
1964 -
49, Brax Ltd newsagents & tobacnsts?
1973 - Development - houses and flats

?Post Office, Chennels Grocery, Thrales bakery, Blindells shoe shop, The Ship ?

Before the development of this area it was made up of (moving south):
part of Lattimore's house,
Thrales bakery,

Blindells shoe shop (Mr Cunnington had his electrical business in part of Blindells shop building c1950 before he moved to Walnut tree cottage in 1961. 
1956 The Walnut Tree cottage was first a shop in 1959 - a clothing shop ),

access path to the two shops,
The Ship pub'
57, 59 Police houses.

 

Information on the position of various businesses is welcomed.

c1935 - Reynolds newsagents?
1956 -
49, C Cunnington, radio, television & electrical supplies & repairs, Meccano, hobbies and cycle accesories
1956 - 55, F Harding, builder, decorator and sign writer
1964 -
49, Brax Ltd newsagents & tobacnsts?
1973  - Development - houses and flats

and alley to back of shops

"The Ship" pub
1881
- "The Freetrader" pub
c1935 - "The Ship" pub run by Dunham family (also bricklayers)
Two police houses next to the corner.
1973 - Development - houses and flats
c1935, 1964 - 57 & 59 Police houses
1973 - Development - houses and flats

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