No. 11 High Street

Despite its current condition, No. 11 High Street is still a Grade II listed building, dating to the 18th century. Constructed from reddened local brown brick it originally had four storeys with brick bands between floors.

The earliest evidence for occupation so far comes from a trade directory from 1840 which lists John Collins, glass dealer at this address. The shop seems to stay with the Collins family selling china and glass until the end of the 19th century.

Cash & Co. boot manufacturers took over by the time of the 1896 Kelly’s Trade Directory and remained in that building until at least 1940-1. By the 1960s the shop had been taken over by Turners Shoes.

The last known shop to occupy the building was Anglia Discount Stores in the 1990s.

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No. 11 High Street

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  • On September 14 1906 it was reported in the press that a ‘Great Fire’ took place and destroyed the premises of Messrs Clayton and co of the High Street (a rear entrance is on Castle Mews aka ‘Sugar Tub Lane’) . The Wisbech fire brigade got the fire under control despite a hose bursting, the Lynn brigade were put on Standby.
    It was controlled by 1 o’clock however at 3 o’clock the gable end of Mr Goslings shop was on fire – a bricked up window was slight and the bricks were removed and the frame removed to extinguish it.
    The fire appeared to have started in the oil warehouse at the rear.
    Damage to the congregational chapel organ despite hanging wet blankets over the windows.
    At 8 o’clock on Sunday fire was seen at Cash & Co – tiles were removed and the fire put out.
    At 9 o’clock another fire was discovered in a back room sofas by an old beam. A burst hose pipe caused further water damage and another broke out in Clayton’s in the afternoon
    The damage estimate at £4-5,000 is covered by insurance.

    By G Monger (24/09/2019)

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