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No. 91, High Street

 c1830 (Henry William Allen)

Pigot lists the linen and woollen draper Henry William Allen at this address in 1830.

 c1836 (William Baker & Co.)

White’s Directory for 1836 lists Wm. Baker & Co., woollen drapers at this address. An entry in the same directory lists Wm. Baker, linen draper, at No. 66. Whilst there is no indication of any connection with William Baker, linen draper, at No. 66, listed in the same directory, some drapers at this date had two shops, one outlet for their woollen goods and the other for linen wares. The two directory entries appear to indicate that the shops were connected. Further details of William Baker may be found at No. 66, High Street.

1842 – c1881 (Joseph Cocksedge Potter)

In Kelly’s Nine Counties Directory for 1846, Joseph C. Potter, a linen draper is listed at No. 91. In 1841 he had a drapery business in the High Street at Halstead in Essex, and he came to Lynn soon after that date – his daughter Hannah being born in Lynn in 1842.  He continued in business here until at least 1881, but must have left soon after that date.

Joseph was not the only one of his family with a business on King’s Lynn’s High Street. His son Joseph Cocksedge Potter jnr. was a tobacconist at No. 53, where details of his family may be found, and another son, James Gunton Potter, was an outfitter and hosier who was also listed at No. 53 in 1875. Joseph snr’s younger brother, John Youngs Potter (b. c1829 in Pentney) was a gunsmith and his details may be found at No. 52, High Street.

Joseph Cocksedge Potter snr. was born in 1817 in Pentney, the fourth son of Youngs Potter (b. c1780 – d. 19/11/1863, aged about 83), and his wife Sarah Balding (b. c1786 at Grimston – d. 20/09/1860, aged about 74). They married on 28th March, 1805, and for many years they lived at Pentney, where Youngs was a warrener. They moved to Lynn sometime prior to 1841 when Youngs was the publican at a Norfolk Street inn, the ‘Anchor of Hope’. He was there until about 1846. In 1851 he and Sarah were living in a house in a yard off Norfolk Street, which he owned. In 1861, he was living at 19, Garden Row, Gaywood.

Youngs and Sarah had at least nine children:-

1) William (b. c1809). 2) Sarah (b. c1810). 3) George, a game keeper (b. c1811 at Pentney – d. 1892). 4) Mary (b. c1813 – m. Abel Kirby in 1839, and George Grummett in 1877 – d. 1895, aged 81). 5) Youngs (b. c1815 – d. 1826, aged 11). 6) Joseph Cocksedge snr. – see below (b. 1817 at Pentney – m. Caroline Letton Gunton on 16/04/1841 at Gaywood – d. 16/12/1899, aged 81). 7) Thomas, a carpenter (b. c1822 – m. Ann Maria Curry in Lynn in 1841). 8) Stibbard, a railway station master (b. 1823 – m. Maria Ward in 1841 – d. 1909, aged 85). 9) John Youngs – see No. 52, High Street (b. 1828 – m. Sarah Ann Rey on 03/03/1850 at Lynn – d. 1891, aged 63).

George was the only one of Young’s sons to work in the countryside. He was a game keeper at Massingham. Four of his siblings lived or worked in Lynn, at least for some years. Mary married Abel Kirby, a Lynn coal merchant and lived at 3, New Conduit Street until he died in 1857, aged about 47. She then married George Grummett, a dairyman, and they lived at Windsor Terrace in Lynn. Stibbard Potter (whose name appears in records as Hibbert, Stibbart and Stibbirt) spent a few years working as a wheelwright in Lynn, before moving to the Station House at Watlington, where he was the Station Master.

Sarah Potter died at Gaywood in 1860, aged about 74, and Youngs died in 1863, aged about 83.

Joseph Cocksedge Potter snr. was baptised at the church of St. Mary Magdalene, Pentney, on 25th March, 1817. He married Caroline Letton Gunton in 1841 and they had eleven children, all but the first being born in Lynn:-

1) Joseph Cocksedge jnr., a tobacconist – see No. 53, High Street (b. 1841 in Halstead, Essex – m. Catherine Codling in 1867 – d. 1885 in Lynn). 2) Hannah – a milliner (b. 1842 – d. 1922 in Lynn, aged 80). 3) Alfred (b. 1845). 4) Emma Caroline (b. 1847 – d. 1934 in Lynn, aged 87). 5) Edward, a commercial traveller in 1891 (b. 1848 – m. Ann Simpson in 1871 – d. 1894/5, aged 46) (he lived in the USA for a short time c1874 – c1880). 6) James Gunton, a commercial traveller in 1881 (b. 1850). 7) Frederick Charles, a draper’s assistant in 1971 (b. 1852). 8) Walter Kemp, an apprentice silk mercer in 1871 (b. 1853/4). 9) Thomas Kemp Gunton, a commercial traveller in 1911 (b. 1855 – m. Mary Ann Watts in 1879 – d. 1928/9 in Kent, aged 74). 10) Helen Blanche (b. 1857/8 – m. William Colman Taylor in 1888 – d. 1913/4). 11) Herbert Paul, an insurance agent in 1911 (b. 1860 – m. Ellen Caroline Chenery in 1897 – d. 1938 in Colchester, aged 78).

Joseph and Caroline Potter were still here in 1881, with their unmarried daughter Helen, 23, who assisted her father in the shop. Within the next ten years, they had retired to live in Valingers Road.

Caroline Letton Potter died in 1884/5, aged 64, and Joseph Cocksedge Potter Snr. died on 16th December 1899 at 29, Valingers Road, aged 81.

c1883 – 1927 (James Love) (Love Brothers) (Spencer Boyd Love) (John Halbert Love)

The shop was taken by James Love, a draper and outfitter born in Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland in about 1835. He had come to Lynn by 1861, when he was staying with Andrew Campbell (b. c1825 in Scotland) and his wife Ann in Blackfriars Road. Andrew was a seaman, banker and draper, and James and his brother John (b. c1841 in Scotland) were both assistant drapers.

James was single in 1861 but soon afterwards he was married to Margaret / Maggie (b. c1837 in Scotland).

James and his brother John were not the only ones in their family to come down from Scotland to England at this period. By 1871, John had moved to Hampton Wick, Kingston, Surrey, where he was working as a clothier and outfitter. He was staying with another brother, William (b. c1850), who was also a draper. A fourth brother, Alexander / Alex Love (b. c1838), a draper, was at London Road, Lynn, in 1871, and was listed at 7, Guanock Place in 1875. David Love (b. c1833 in Girvan) a baker was at Bridge Street, King’s Lynn for many years, may have been another brother but detailed information is sparse. Alexander does not appear to have stayed in the town and has not been traced after 1875. He may have emigrated to the USA, as did some other members of his extended family. After David Love’s death, sometime prior to 1890, his widow Mary continued the bakery and confectionary business in Bridge Street for a few years. She died in 1908, aged 70.

In 1875 (Kelly) James and his brother Alexander were both working as travelling drapers. James and Maggie set up home at 9, Valingers Road. They had two children:-

1) Spencer Boyd – see below (b. c1862 – m. Annie Maria Savage on 01/01/1890 – d. 1928, aged 67 ). 2) John Halbert – see below (b. 1864 in Lynn – m. Emma Jane Blackster on 27/01/1897).

In 1871, all the family were at home in Valingers Road, together with five drapery assistants – four from Scotland. Two of these were Thomas Smith (b. c1856) and Mary Smith (b. c1854), who were the children of David and Mary Love, the Bridge Street bakers. Presumably they were Mary’s children from a former partner.

By 1881 the family had moved to Blackfriars Street. John was working as a bookkeeper at that date.

James had taken over the shop at No. 91, by 1881 and the family were living on the premises. The directories listed Spencer Boyd Love here in 1883 and also as a milk dealer at 12, Everard Street. He was listed again in 1890, alongside an entry for ‘Love Bros. & Co.’. However, the census for 1881 has James as the tailor and draper and Spencer as an assistant. The entries continue for Love Bros. in successive directories through to 1934/5, but Spencer had left the town by 1891. On 1st January, 1890, he had married Annie Maria, the fourth daughter of Lynn’s famous engineer, Frederick Savage, at St. Nicholas Chapel in Lynn. They moved to Turret Buildings in Lowestoft, a very distinctive corner development commissioned by Frederick Savage for the benefit, inter alia, of his grandchildren. The corner shop was a fishmonger’s and next to it was a shop which Spencer Love moved into, with spacious living accommodation above. He and Annie had two children, both born in Lowestoft:-

1) Gladys J. (b. c1891). 2) Marjorie (b. c1898).

Spencer Boyd Love died in 1928 at the age of 67.

Between 1891 and 1901, John Halbert Love became the sole proprietor of Love Bros.  He was listed as the manager in the 1891 census, but his parents had moved out by 1901 when they were living at No. 31, Gaywood Road. It may be that he took over at No. 91 at the time of his marriage to Emma Jane Blackster (b. c1872 in Doncaster) at St. Pancras on 27th January, 1897. Her brother John William Blackster (b. c1877 in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire) was an assistant overseer of the Poor Rate in Lynn in 1901 (see No. 53, High Street). Emma and John were children of Edward William Blackster (b. c1846 in Lynn).

John and Emma Love had four children:-

1) May Louise (b. 1898 – m. Edward W. Taylor in 1927 – d. 1978 in Essex). 2) Cecil Halbert (b. 20th Sept. 1899 – m. 1943 to Nellie Cawley – d. 1979). 3) Vera Ann (b. 1906 – m. Frank C. Syder in 1936 – d. 1988 in Cheshire). 4) Margaret Jean (b. 1909).

Emma Jane Love died in 1942, aged 70, and John Halbert Love died in 1945, aged 81.

1927 (Scott & Son)

At some time prior to 1907, Scott & Son, the High Street house furnishers, had acquired the freehold of No. 91 but were unable to gain vacant possession of the premises while Love Bros. held the tenancy. It was not until 1927 that they were able to redevelop the site of the two shops Nos. 91 and 92.

More details of Scott & Son and the redevelopment No. 91, High Street will be found at Nos. 91 to 97.