A wonderful image showing Church Street in Deeping St James around 1905 with the Drapers/Grocers of John and Jane Shillaker near right. John died in 1903 so it was Jane who was running the store by the time of this photograph.
A set of images showing Deeping St James railway station on 14th January 1963.
The station closed to passengers on 11th September 1961 but remained open for goods traffic until 15th June 1964. In 1995 there was a local campaign to re-open the station which is, however, rather remote, being a over a mile from The Deepings. It’s also on the ‘wrong’ side of the centre of population which didn’t help the case to get it reopened. A short branch to the village was suggested and plans were drawn but all the proposals came to nothing.
An undated image showing Deeping St James – exact location unknown.
On the left is a Post Office, on the immediate right is a Cycle Shop and in the distant right is a pub.
Church Street, Deeping St James with the Drapers/Grocers of Chatteris born Frank Wilderspin on the right.
Robert Stockwell adds ……
“The street shown is Church Street, Deeping St James. The shop is now a bakers.
The shop in the photograph is called Shillaker. From the 1901 Census the owner was John Shillaker (b. abt 1842 Towngate, Market Deeping). His son Beauvais (b. abt 1883), also worked in the shop.
Frank Rignall Wilderspin (b. abt 1873 Chatteris), in the 1911 Census, is a shop owner (Draper, Grocer and Milliner) in Church Street, Market Deeping. In the 1901 Census he is living in Glinton, an employee Draper & Grocer.
EDIT: I’ve checked the location again and in fact the bakery is prior to the shop shown in the photograph. This is also confirmed in the 1901 Census. I have also checked this with the current owner of the bakery. The shop in the photograph no longer exists.”
Marked as High Street, Deeping St James but would be interested in knowing the exact location and the name of the pub/inn on the left.
John King adds, “the pub is the 3 tuns, and the building on the right with the gentleman standing outside is the boundary fish and chip shop”.
The Three Tuns was lost in the mid-1970s and is, today, replaced by a modern block of flats.
The junction of Church Street with Eastgate, showing the old market cross that dates back several hundreds of years to the days when a regular market was held on the site. In 1819, the redundant cross was converted into the village “lock up” which has been recently restored at a cost in excess of £20,000.