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Postcard showing the Market Place area, ca 1913

view of the High Street looking east taken near the Market Place

Howard Webb provided a scan of this postcard from his collection. He writes 'WHA was W. H. Applebee, a postcard publisher based in Ashford, Middlesex. He was active between 1912 and about 1928, I estimate the date this picture was taken to be 1913.' The postal date is 1914.

Boots Cash Chemists are prominently sited on the eastern corner of Market Place at no. 196. Next door was the 'Red Lion' at no. 197: the sign name 'R Boxall' can just be made out. Richard Boxall was the landlord recorded in 1911 and 1913 trade directories.

The three-gabled building in the centre of the photo is the Castle Hotel at no. 208.

To the right, the parade of shops includes no. 120, A.V. Box & Co., described in a 1913 directory as 'oil & color men, Italian warehousemen, builders' merchants, salt & soda, household & paint brushes & wine, spirit & beer merchants'. The entrance to Bradshaw's Yard is just visible as a gap in the pavement between numbers 118 and 119.

See details of the properties on the right, including A.V.Box & Co. and properties on the left including Boots.