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13, High Street.

Number 13, High Street, was in the middle of the frontage to Jermyns’ large department store. The premises had been combined with No. 12 by John Thorley, Alfred Jermyn’s predecessor, sometime before 1861. Numbering inconsistencies create problems in identifying occupiers before that date.

c1830 – c1839 (John Clarke Ashbey)

John Clarke Ashbey, a tailor and draper, is listed in White’s Directory in 1830 (Pigot) and 1836 (White) at No. 13. He moved out prior to 1841 when he was living on London Road.

His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth Ashbey, and he was born in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk in 1772.

On 20th December, 1801, he married Ellen Spaul at Blakeney in Norfolk.

Ellen Ashbey died in September, 1848, aged 71, and John died in 1853, aged 81.

c1839 – c1850 (Joseph Thurlow)

In 1841, Joseph Thurlow, a tailor, was living here with a servant. He is included in White’s directory for 1845, Kelly’s for 1846 and Slator’s for 1850 but had left Lynn for Salford, Lancashire before census night of 1851.

He placed an advertisement in the Lynn Advertiser on 19th February, 1848:

‘JOSEPH THURLOW, Tailor and Habit Maker, 13, High Street, Lynn. Begs to return his sincere thanks to his Friends, for the liberal patronage he has experienced since the retirement of his Uncle; and trusts, by strict attention, supplying the Best Materials, and NEWEST STYLES OF FASHION, to merit a continuance of the same. GENTEEL APARTMENTS.’

Joseph was born in about 1805. His father, also Joseph, was a coach builder who worked in Lancashire. Joseph Thurlow jnr. married Mary Alice Pilling at St. Chad’s, Rochdale, on 23rd December, 1845, and they had two children:-

1) Ada Jane – b. 30/07/1849 in Lynn – d. 21/06/1871, aged 21). 2) Charles John, a machine maker – b. 14/06/1851 in Salford – m. Sarah Ann Hardman in 1877).

Joseph died on 4th March, 1867, aged 62, and Mary died on 26th November, 1884, aged 67.

Also at the premises with Joseph on census night, 6th June 1841, possibly on a business or social call, was Frederick Robert Partridge, a solicitor. Born in Norwich in about 1815, he and his family lived in Littleport Street, Lynn for over fifty years. He married Emma Rippingall in 1842 and they had seventeen children – thirteen girls and four boys. Emma was the daughter of Stephen Rippingall, who was a clergyman from Langham in north Norfolk, but who was employed as a clerk in 1841 and had no curacy in 1851. Emma Partridge died in 1872, aged 49, and Frederick died in 1878, aged 63. The family stayed on in Littleport Street, with the eldest son, Frederick Henry Partridge, also a solicitor, living there in 1901.

The only people recorded at No. 13 on census night, 30th March 1851, were two sisters, Fanny and Mary A. Nurse. Born in Norwich c1827 and 1836, respectively, they were the daughters of Robert Nurse, a carver and gilder. The family had been living at Old Post Office Yard in Norwich in 1841. It may be that they were just visiting Lynn – their mother came from the town. Perhaps they were renting one of Joseph Thurlow’s ‘Genteel Apartments’.

c1850 – c1863 (William Taylor)

William Taylor, printer, bookseller, stationer and bookbinder, was listed here in the directory for 1856:

‘WILLIAM TAYLOR, Printer, Bookseller, Stationer, Bookbinder, MUSIC SELLER, Etc. 13, HIGH STREET, LYNN. Depot of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. Parcels from London Three Times a Week.’

He was born in about 1801 in Surrey in the parish of St. James, Southwark. He lived in the parish for about 35 years, but he married his wife Harriet Gamble, in Grimston, Norfolk on 29/09/1825. They had four children born in Southwark and one in Great Massingham, Norfolk;

1) Anne Maria (b. c1827 – m. Christopher Francis Buckle on 19/02/1857 at St Margarets, Lynn – d. 1885, aged 59). 2) William Henry, who succeeded to his father’s business – see below (b. 1829 – m. Jessy Scott on 28/01/1857 at All Saints, Lynn – d. 09/11/1910, aged 81). 3) Walter Barton, a telegraph clerk (b. 12/03/1832 – m. Harriet Cook in 1855 and Ann Elizabeth Cooke in 1871 – d. 18/02/1910, aged 77). 4) Emily (b. 21/01/1835 in Southwark – m. John Alfred Nurse on 25/08/1858 – d. 18/04/1862, aged 27).

William Taylor worked as an engraver but was also an antiquarian scholar who devoted much of his time studying the history of the Parish of Southwark, particularly the church of St. Saviours (Southwark Cathedral since 1905). He was an avid sketcher of antiquities, including ruins, tombs and memorials, Roman pottery and other finds and the church itself. In 1833 his book ‘The Annals of St. Mary Overy’ was published in London by Messrs. Nichols & Son. In it he explored the history of the former Priory of St. Mary Overy and the conventual church of the Canons, which became St. Saviours following the Dissolution. The book is profusely illustrated with his sketches.

William and Harriet moved to Norfolk in about 1835, and he was living in Great Massingham and working as a schoolteacher in 1841. By this date his wife Harriet had died.

The family had moved to Lynn by 1845, when William was listed as a stamp distributor at No. 14, High Street (White). In 1851 the family were living in Union Street and William was working as an engraver and draughtsman. Their daughter Ann was an organist and both William jnr. and Walter were working as printing compositors.

William Taylor had moved to No. 13 by 1854, when he is listed as an agent for the London Indisputable Life Insurance Company. He was recorded in the 1861 census as a bookseller and publisher.

One of his specialities was photographic portraiture. The following notice was posted in the Lynn Advertiser on 21st February, 1857:

‘PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS, In every style of finish for Frames, Morocco Cases, Lockets, Brooches, etc., by the glass or paper process, plain or coloured, taken daily by WILLIAM TAYLOR, 13, High Street, Lynn.’

In an earlier advertisement, he described himself as a ‘Photographic Artist’ and stated that the time for each sitting was ten seconds.

William Taylor died in 1867, aged 67.

William Henry Taylor had set up in business on his own account as a printer, stationer, bookbinder and music seller, at No.108 High Street by 1863 and details of his family are given in the entry for that address.

Walter Barton Taylor was working as clerk to the Electric Telegraph Company in 1861. He had married Harriett Cook at Lynn in 1855 and they were living at Mill Fleet Terrace in the town with their two children, both born in Lynn: Walter Thomas (1855), and Ellen Harriett (1859). They had another son, William, in 1864. Harriett, who was employed as a feather curler, died in 1867 at the age of 41. Walter married Elizabeth Ann Cooke in 1871 and the family had moved to Newmarket by 1878, when their daughter Ethel was born and where Walter was working as a superintendent in the telegraph office, a civil service post. He continued working as a telegraphist until his retirement and then moved back to Lynn, where he was living at ‘Ivydale’, Gaywood Road, in 1891. Ellen had moved with them to Newmarket, where she remained, working as a drapery assistant for several years before becoming a companion to an elderly lady. Walter died in 1909/10, aged 77.

By 1863, Nos. 12 & 13 had become John Thorley’s drapery store, which was bought by Alfred Jermyn in 1872.