History of Ashwell Stores/Parade House in photos

In the Church Account Books of the Ashwell Churchwardens dated 1570 it states “Item payed John Sell for oyle for the clock 1117d.”  and an entry in 1592 “Item payed unto John Sell for whipcord and nails 11117d.” so there is evidence of a shop 450 years ago -  I suspect it always was a shop, was John Sell the first proprietor?

The property has been changed and added too many times during its hundreds of years of history, like all things it has evolved.  The front of the property dates from the 1400’s with later additions ie the warehouse which dates from the late 1700’s.

Postmen and boy outside J H Christy (Ashwell Stores) 1895c
Ashwell Museum
J & H Christy (Ashwell Stores) on the left and A & C Christy - Ashwell Post Office (Kirby Manor) on right looking down the High Street 1930c. Note the first house on the left no longer exists, Bear House does not have a front door
Ashwell Museum
A & C Christy - Ashwell Post Office (Kirby Manor) 1900c
Ashwell Museum
A & C Christy - Ashwell Post Office (Kirby Manor) 1900c
Ashwell Museum
A & C Christy coal bill showing telephone Nos 1 and 4 dated 1927
Janet Chennells
Pollie Eversden and Aunt Lizzie Law 1931
Ashwell Museum
Florence and John (Jack) Christy 1984
Patrica Lewis (Christy)
Back garden wall which once had a glass house attached - c1940-50
Nigel Robinson
J H Christy & Son Ltd c 1939 - 50 note the sandbags!
Nigel Robinson
J H Christy & Son Ltd c 1939 - 50
Nigel Robinson
J H Christy & Son Ltd - shop display c 1939-50
Nigel Robinson
Sacketts 1954c
Ashwell Museum
Letter to Mr Sackett authorising change of shop name 1954
Hazel Easterbrook (Sackett)
1958 Derek, Hazel and Colin Sackett outside the shop
Hazel Easterbrook (Sackett)
Letter dated 1957 informing Mr Sackett that Lousia Edlin (Christy) had left the shop and premises to her son John (Jack) Christy in her Will and that Jack would now be the Landlord.
Hazel Easterbrook (Sackett)
1958 Hazel, Stanley and Muriel Sackett in Parade House garden
Hazel Easterbrook (Sackett)
1958 Parade House garden - note the ornate shed no longer there
Hazel Easterbrook (Sackett)
1958 Colin Easterbrook under the thatched arch in Parade House garden which is no longer there
Hazel Easterbrook (Sackett)
Colin Easterbrook & Hazel Sackett's wedding June 1959 at Ashwell Methodist Church, High Street. The church no longer exists.
Hazel Easterbrook (Sackett)
Eric Gurney Parade House 1964c
Eric Gurney
E.J. & A.A. Gurney - Ashwell Stores 1964c
Eric Gurney
E.J. & A.A. Gurney - Ashwell Stores 1964c
Eric Gurney
Stuart Gurney outside E.J. & A.A. Gurney - Ashwell Stores 1964c
Eric Gurney
Audrey and Stuart Gurney Parade House 1964c
Eric Gurney
Audrey Gurney putting the blind up at E.J. & A.A. Gurney - Ashwell Stores 1964c
Eric Gurney
Tommy (Francis) and Babs (Barbara) Thomas - 1974
Stuart Thomas (Australia)
Tommy, Babs and son Stuart at Coffs Harbour NSW 1985
Stuart Thomas (Australia)
Back of Ashwell Stores & Parade House garden 1965
Stuart Thomas (Australia)
Old Jack Skerman 1965
Stuart Thomas (Australia)
Removing Oak beam 1965
Stuart Thomas (Australia)
Removing Oak beam 1965
Stuart Thomas (Australia)
New lintel 1965
Stuart Thomas (Australia)
Lewis family - Peter, Catharine, Margaret & Elizabeth - Jubilee 1977
Hugh Lewis
Jackie Embury - Nov 1984
Anne-Marie Embury
Brenda Fitzgerald - Nov 1984
Anne-Marie Embury
Freda Brocket - at the till Nov 1984
Anne-Marie Embury
Janice Murton 1985
Ian Murton
Jenny Hunter (Harris) 1980s
Jenny Hunter
Jackie and Roy Embury Parade House 1984
Jackie Embury
Amber the guard dog 1985
Jackie Embury
Robert, Anne-Marie and Roy Embury on the warehouse roof Parade House 1986
Jackie Embury
Jackie Embury on the warehouse roof - Parade House 1986
Jackie Embury
Parade House warehouse storm repairs 1986
Jackie Embury
Colin Blumenau as PC'Taffy' Edwards in the Bill
Debbie, Colin and Jack Blumenau in Parade House garden late 1988
Debbie Blumenau
Jack and Dan Blumenau planting a Crab apple tree in Parade House garden 1989
Debbie Blumenau
Harry Blumenau with Grandfather - Parade House May 1991
Debbie Blumenau
Warehouse collapse during renovation work Parade House 1989
Debbie Blumenau
Warehouse and back of Parade House after renovation 1989/90
Debbie Blumenau
Parade House c 1989/90
Debbie Blumenau
Parade House, Ashwell Stores and Scott & Partners Estate Agents 1989/90
Debbie Blumenau
Jeet Dahdra - Ashwell Village Store - March 2012
Jackie Embury
Parade House-Ashwell Stores new roof 2014
Jackie Embury
Trudy Dabreo Sep 2015
Jackie Embury

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