1 High Street

Now Henri Lloyd, there have been a variety of small businesses in this three-storey Georgian building including surgeons, solicitors, milliner Liz Tilley and an architect. It was the home of solicitor Edward Hicks in the 1830s, who was mayor in 1837, 1841 and 1847. When this photo was taken by local photographer Frederick Drew in 1946 it was the home of K I Smith

2 High Street

This building has housed J Farr’s dairy, G Balls multi-purpose shop, photographer Marcus, a shop selling baskets and pottery and now Crew Clothing. In 1911 the tenant was George Lockyer, a bootmaker and leather goods seller. The Lockyer family owned shops at various locations: George had a shop at No 124 before moving here and his father Daniel was a shoemaker at 26 St Thomas Street in 1861. George was remembered as a kindly man and a great favourite with the local children.

3-4 High Street

J St John the greengrocer occupied No 3 in 1878 followed by Frederick Loader the watchmaker in 1891, who later moved to No 29. In 1861 William Etheridge and Harriet Cole lived at No 4.

Nos 2-5 High Street were taken over by Balls by 1939, which sold radios, electrical goods, bicycles and prams, and even spread to the opposite side of the street. It is now Going for Bust.

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