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115, High Street

 No. 115 had a wide frontage to High Street – as wide as Nos. 116 and 117 combined, but less than No. 114. There was a good depth to the shop, but the premises did not extend nearly as far back as those at No. 114.

No. 115 was joined with No. 116 from 1890 to 1925.

The building, bearing the name ‘London Glove House’ survived the fire of December 1897. The owner at that date was hatter and glove maker, William Winkley who also occupied No. 116.

Following the fire, the rebuilt Nos. 108 to 114 were set back from their original line, leaving Nos. 115 to 123 standing forward.

In 1925, Nos. 115 to 117 were combined into one large shop by Ethel Letzer.

In 1944, a branch of the national chain of women’s fashions, Richard Shops, moved in to Nos. 115 to 117, and in 1959 the old premises were demolished and a new store with a flat roof was built with the frontage set back in line with Nos. 108 to 114.

c1820 – 1838 (John Sheppard)

John Sheppard, a tailor and draper is listed in the early directories (Pigot 1822/3 and 1830, and White 1836). In the latter two his address is here at No. 115, High Street. By 1839 (Pigot) the business was in the name of Charles Sheppard.

John was born in East Grinstead, Sussex in 1792, the son of Richard and Ann Sheppard.

In 1851 John and his wife Elizabeth (b. 1787 in Magdalen) were living in Guanock Place in Lynn, and his occupation was given as a ‘proprietor of houses’. It would appear, therefore, that having retired from the tailoring business, he made a living through renting property. However, on 30th April 1859, a notice appeared in the Lynn Advertiser announcing a bankruptcy sale of all of his household furniture. He had retired completely from business by 1861, when he and Elizabeth were living in Wisbech Road, Lynn.

He died in 1862, aged 70, and Elizabeth died in 1876, aged 89.

1838 – 1871 (Charles Sheppard)

John Sheppard was succeeded in the business by Charles Sheppard (b. c1811 in London – m. Ann Grant in 1840 and Ellen Susan Spinks in 1849 – d. 14/02/1886), who is presumed to be his son.

Charles married his first wife Ann Grant (b. c1810) on 21st September 1840 at St. Margaret’s church in Lynn. They had five children, all born in Lynn:-

1) Charles – a Brighton watch maker – (b. 1847 – m. Emily Caroline Stigant in 1857 – d. 1907, aged 70). 2) John (b. 1838). 3) Ann / Annie – a governess – (b. 1843). 4) Grant – a London linen draper – (b. 1845 – m. Clara Isabella Owen in 1869 – d. 1905, aged 59). 5) James – hosier & haberdasher – (b. 1847 – m. Harriet Agnes Coston in 1874 – d. 1883, aged 36).

Ann Sheppard died in June 1847, aged 37, and Charles married Ellen Susan Spinks (b. c1802 in Thorpland, Norfolk) in 1849.

In April 1869, Charles announced in the Lynn Advertiser that he had taken his son into the business, under the title of C. Sheppard & Son. In 1871 he and Ellen were living on the premises here with his son James. Within a few years, Charles had retired and James moved the business to St. James Street.

Ellen died in 1874, aged 73, and Charles was lodging in St. James Road in 1881. He died on 14th February, 1886, aged 75.

James did not last long in business and was committed to hospital in Thorpe, Norwich, where he died on 19th December, 1883, aged 36. His widow Harriet continued to run the shop at 9, St. James Street in partnership with her brother Henry John Coston (b. c1863 in Lynn). By 1901, the business of Sheppard & Coston had closed and Henry was the proprietor of the George Hotel, Crewkerne, Somerset.

Harriet Sheppard died in 1941, aged 87.

1875 (George Ambrose Coventry Clackson)

George Clackson moved here when Charles Sheppard retired. He was previously at No. 113, High Street, where more details of his family may be found.

In 1875, George was listed in Kelly’s Directory at this address as ‘draper, hosier, haberdasher, laceman, mantle & trimming warehouse, & agent for Blackmore & Co’s bolting cloths’.  

On 8th May, 1875, the following advertisement appeared in the Lynn Advertiser:-

‘ON SALE AT G. A. C. CLACKSON’S, 115 HIGH STREET, LYNN, Commencing Saturday, May 1st, 1875, Three Thousand Seven Hundred Yards of Wide Dress Material, Much Under the Regular Price, All at 5¾d per yard. Novelties in Trimmings and Buttons. Fresh Delivery of Flowers. Every Requisite for Millinery Purposes. Sunshades, Stays, Umbrellas. Agents for Blackmore & Co’s Bolting Cloths. G. A. C. CLACKSON, 115, High Street, Lynn’.

It was not long, however, before George Clackson had left No. 115. On 19th February 1876 he announced in the Lynn Advertiser that he had sold his premises and that he had taken a business in the ‘Country’. He held a closing down sale here. However, he may not have gone to the ‘Country’ for very long, because he was at 10, St. James Street in 1881.

George Clackson died in Lynn in 1899, aged 60.

1876 (William Winkley) (Winkley & Sons)

In 1876, Mr. W. Winkley brought his business to these premises after 21 years at St. James Street. He placed the following notice in the Lynn Advertiser on 20th May that year:-

‘Notice of Removal. LONDON  GLOVE  HOUSE, from 9, St. James’s Street, to 115 High Street. Ladies and Gentlemen, I Beg to return you my best thanks for the liberal patronage you have bestowed on me for the 21 years I have been in business, and having secured more convenient premises hope to merit a continuance of same I have now a large and well-assorted stock of LADIES and GENTLEMEN’S GLOVES in great variety, both in Colour and Make, also HOSIERY, SCARFS, BRACES, SHIRTS, COLLARS, FRONTS, UNDER SHIRTS, PANTS &c., And a superior stock of all kinds of GAITERS of my Own manufacture. I remain, Ladies and Gentlemen, Yours Obediently, W.  WINKLEY’.

William was been born in Long Sutton on 7th June 1831. His father Jeremiah Winkley, a glover and breeches maker, married Elizabeth Johnson in Long Sutton on 7th April, 1830. Jeremiah was born in about 1794 and died in January, 1844, aged about 50.

In 1851, William was living with his mother at High Street, Long Sutton and working as a glove and garter maker. William’s mother died four years later, aged about 55, just before he married Elizabeth Hannah Dinsdale (b. c1828 in Scunthorpe).

William and Elizabeth set up home at 9, St. James Street where he had his first glove shop. They had six children, all born in Lynn:-

1) Elizabeth Ann (b. 1856 – d. 1861, aged four). 2) Charles William – glove and gaiter maker – see below – (b. 1858 – m. Florence Georgiana Crosby in 1901 – d. 1927, aged 69). 3) George Jeremiah (b. 1861 – d. 1862). 4) Walter (b. 1862 – d. 1865, aged 2). 5) Fred (b. 1864). 6) Walter Dinsdale (b. 1866 – m. Florence Mary Waldegrave in 1899 – d. 28/05/1937, aged 70).

In March 1890, William Winkley expanded his business into the next-door shop, No. 116 He had taken his sons Charles William and Walter Dinsdale into partnership with him The shop was now under the name of ‘William Winkley & Sons’, although in Kelly’s directory for 1892, it is listed as ‘William Winkley, glovers & gaiter makers, 115 & 116, High Street’.

The fire of December 1897 damaged the premises at No. 114, but Nos. 115 and 116 escaped, and William Winkley placed a notice in the local newspapers stating that they were ‘pleased to announce business is carried on as usual at both shops. The stock is not damaged by either fire or smoke or water.’

Charles and his wife Florence moved into a house here, and Charles’ father William, who had been widowed in 1887/8 when his wife Elizabeth died, aged 59, lived in other accommodation on the premises. Walter and his wife, also Florence, lived at 47, London Road (1901).

In 1911, Charles and Florence were still living over the business, with William still working and also living on the premises.

Charles and Florence had two children, both born in Lynn:-

1) Margaret Elizabeth (Peggy) (b. 1902 – m. Frederick Claud Jack Carpenter in 1925 – d. 1970, aged about 68). 2) George Dinsdale (b. c1906).

William Winkley died on 9th April, 1915, aged 83.

Winkley & Sons continued until 1925, when Ethel Letzer moved her fashion shop here from No. 120.

Charles Winkley died in 1927, aged 69, and Walter, who had retired to live in Tennyson Avenue, Lynn, died on 28th May, 1937, aged 70.

1925 – Nos. 115, 116 and 117 were combined into one large shop by Ethel Letzer.