31, High Street.

The premises here were demolished along with the others on the High Bridge in 1866.

The only specific references to businesses at No. 31, High Street in the trade directories are for William N. Turner in 1830 (Pigot), Mary Ann Mason in 1836 (White) and 1839 (Pigot), Robert Day in 1845 (White) and 1846 (Kelly), and Miss Ann Taylor / Mrs Ann Judd in 1858 and 1865 (Kelly).

1830 (William N. Turner)

William N. Turner, a flour dealer, was at No. 31 in 1830 (Pigot). He has not been identified in other records, although a man by the name of William Newham Turner died in Lynn in December, 1846. A baptism for a boy of the same name occurred at St. Margaret’s in Lynn on 12th May, 1804.

c1836 (Mary Ann Mason)

White’s directory for 1836 lists Mary Ann Mason, a shopkeeper, at No. 31. Born in Barnack, Northamptonshire c1810, she is recorded here in the 1841 census as a flour dealer. With her at that date was five-year-old Frances Mason, possibly her illegitimate daughter. By 1851, Mary Ann Mason had left these premises but there is no record of where she was living because on census night, 30th March, she was out visiting the family of Robert Flatt, a marine stores dealer at 27 Norfolk Street. Mary Ann was working as a straw bonnet maker, but she is not listed on her own account in any of the directories, indicating that she was an employee. Frances (Fanny) was working as a house servant to a ‘gentlewoman’ in Albert Street, Lynn.

c1846 (Robert Edmund Mayhew Day)

In Kelly’s directory for 1846 Robert Day, a tailor, is listed at No. 31, High Street.

Born in King’s Lynn in 1816, Robert was living in Chapel Street in 1841 with his widowed mother, Elizabeth (b. c1796 in Fulham – d. 1857 in Lynn) and his siblings:-

1) Caroline Frances Mayhew – see No. 24 (b. c1821 – m. William Bartle in 1845/6). 2) Frederick (b. c1827).

Robert married Lynn-born dressmaker Harriet Burman on 17th November, 1850, and they set up home in Market Street, Lynn. Robert had already ceased working as a tailor and had taken a job as a letter carrier. He and Harriett had two children:-

1) Harriett (b. 1853 – m. John Hamment Elam in 1879 – d. 1901/2, aged 40). 2) Madoline (b. 1857 – d. 1918, aged 61).

Robert and Harriett were still living in Market Street in 1861, and he was still employed as a letter carrier. He had retired by 1881, when the family were living at Paxton Terrace in Lynn. Robert died in 1891, aged 76, and Harriett died in 1902, aged 86.

1858 – 1865 (Miss Ann Taylor) (Mrs Ann Judd)

In Kelly’s directory for 1858, Miss Ann Taylor, a milliner and straw bonnet maker, was listed here at No. 31.

Born in Lynn in about 1836, she married James Judd (b. 1838 in Outwell), a Lynn grocer and provision merchant, in 1861.

After her marriage, Ann Judd continued to work as a milliner. She appears to have moved into No. 28, High Street between 1863 (Harrod) and 1864 (White). Kelly’s Post Office Directory lists her back here in 1865.

By the time he was 22, James Judd was running a grocery shop at 27, Norfolk Street. Alongside him in the business was his younger brother Joseph who was a miller and baker. In 1867/8, James and Ann left Lynn and moved to Litcham in Norfolk. James gave up the grocery business, which was taken over by his brother Joseph, and became an ironmonger.

Ann and James had two children:-

1) Herbert (b. c1867 in Lynn). 2) George H. (b. c1868 in Litcham).

It is likely that Ann Judd was the last person to occupy No. 31 prior to its demolition in 1866.