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Nelson

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King's Head
« on: May 12, 2019, 09:43:22 am »
Still finding previously unnoticed discoveries in photos we’ve known for years. We’re told that the King’s Head was Georgian in the main and even mediaeval at heart – you had to step down from the street into the main bar, often a sign of a building’s antiquity. It had it’s three gables added in the 1890’s and this is the first time I’ve noticed a photo (taken after the snow storm of 1881) providing a hint of how it looked before. Perhaps a photo of the complete building will turn up one day.

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Re: King's Head
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2019, 07:41:08 pm »
Can anyone decypher what was printed on the banner ?..... Very civilised High Street at that time having Public Lavatories.....I always thought that the original build had three gables,perhaps the addition was to store larger amounts of contraband smuggled in via the tunnels in the cellar ?
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Re: King's Head
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2019, 09:08:52 pm »
The banner proclaims "Special Prices During Alterations.  P F Piper".
Piper's was a clothing shop at 62 High Street, on the east corner of Ship Street, from 1899 (or thereabouts) until the early 1930's.
Prior to Piper's the shop was a drapers / clothiers named 'Butler's Establishment'.
Today there is still a shop at 62 High Street, it is currently the "Sold" charity shop.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2019, 07:51:39 am by Lofty »
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