1860

Drawing from around 1860 showing the building
near St Dionysius Church.
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April Fair 1860

April Fair 1860
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Hatwood's 1863

1863. Charles Hatwood's business comprised hairdresser and a toy shop. Note the barber's pole over the High Street.
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April Fair 1890

1890. April Fair. Note first bay window. Also compare the building top left in this photograph with the 1863 photograph.
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c. 1905

c. 1905. Charles Hatwood's son ran the shop until 1909 when G.H.Saunders moved his ironmongery business from Adam and Eve Street.
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1910

1910. Note the tarpaulin over the first floor where windows are being replaced by plate glass.
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1911.

1911. Edward VII's coronation year. Note the writing on the window "Coronation lamps 1s 3d a dozen.
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1934

1934. A busy market day.
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1948

1948. The premises altered very little since the 1911 photograph.
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1955

1955. The two top floors have been replaced by a new structure, which is supported by five RSJs secured in the cellar.
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Cellar

2000. Mawer and Saunders moved out of the premises in 1995, when China Town started trading.
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2000

In the cellar are concrete cubes. The building was designed so that at some future date the ground and first floors could be removed and rebuilt, leaving the top floor standing.
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Artist impression

An artist's impression of how the premises might look sometime in the future with the ground and first floors removed prior to rebuilding.
By the early 1950s, the building, now over 180 years old, was in urgent need of refurbishment, particularly the top floor. An architect, Mr Rowan, was consulted, and it was decided to remove the top floor and rebuild it. This would be supported by five RSJs (rolled steel joists) which were to be set into five cubes of concrete in the cellar, each being one metre square. Thus the top floor would stand independently to the rest of the shop, which could be independently renewed at some later date. Hickmans, the local builders, did the work and the shop remained open for business the whole time.
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