Cornhill (Market Place & South Street) No. 9

No.9 Cornhill / Market Place

This is the upper floor of Number 9 Market Place and is connected by an internal stairway to the shop below.

No. 9 Market Place

The glass cover at floor level is to let the light into the cellar belonging to number 9 Market Place.

Note the glass panels at floor level to the left of the door

Prior to 1833 the premises with others, including the George Inn belonged to Messers Jackson. It had already been up for sale in 1805.

It seems that there was a saddlers and harness makers workshop using both the Market Place and Cornhill premises. The owners lived elsewhere.

William Kirkby Saddler

The earliest saddler running a business here was William Kirkby who was born in Caistor about 1773. It is possible that he was running the business from the 1790s. He married in 1816.

His wife, Elizabeth, was born in Caistor in 1782 and her parents were John Gorbutt and Faith Smith.

William and Elizabeth had three sons and two daughters. Two sons trained as saddlers but neither seemed to take on the business. William died in December 1851 the same year as one of the sons, also called William. In that year William Senior was employing three men. I wonder if that is the two sons and John Dent. In 1861 John Dent was living in Bobs Lane and I assume working for William Kirkby at number 9.

In 1861 Elizabeth his wife is said to be the saddler with one of the sons. George. By 1891 George is working in Hackney, London as a saddler. 

Elizabeth tells us that their clients over the years have included “nobility, clergy, gentry and others of Caistor and its vicinity”.

In 1842 there is a record of a pony being “taken in” to measure for a saddle.

John Dent Saddler

By 1862 John Dent, who now has the business, is advertising for a steady and experienced Journeyman Sadler and Harness maker and 1867 for an apprentice. 

John was born at Owersby in 1828. His wife Jane, who was born in Scotland in 1840. By 1871 they lived on the High Street with their business at number 9. Jane died in 1874 3 years after the youngest daughter was born.

They had 5 children. One, John Robert is said to be a saddler in 1881 and he died in 1933.

John senior died in 1892 and I assume the business may have folded at this time as this is the last year the business is mentioned in a directory.

Edward Colton Wine Merchant

 Colton lived in Tealby and was a bricklayer and lime merchant.

He had 5 children. Charles who was born in 1838 and by 1851 was an apprentice grocer and draper in Tealby. At the age of 14  he is described as a wine merchant and cigar importer with an address of Cornhill. I wonder if he was working for one of the other stores. This is because 10 years later he said to be an assistant to a merchant.

By 1882 he is a wine spirit, ale and porter merchant, cigar importer and brewers’ agent. I think this may have been at 10 Market Place.

No. 10 Market Place

Charles died in 1890. He is living in Cleethorpes and has a personal estate of £4,756 11s 11d.

By this time his son, Charles Henry Colton, is working with him and in 1891 both Cornhill and the Market Place are stated as the address.

Charles Colton with his son.

Next he is living at Nettleton and has the Nettleton Brewery. By 1911 he is living in Cleethorpes.

Nettleton Brewery
Corine Brant said that Miss Gooseman had a ladies seminary in Cornhill but we are unsure where.
No.10 South Street (Cornhill)

We can take this building back to 1761 when William Beck was the butcher followed in 1763 by Robert Sanderson a butcher.

In 1820 it is sold for £35 to Isaac Gorbutt, Butcher and before this Thos Sharpe. I am not sure what his trade was.

1834 Thos. Garland occupies the site and in 1856 there is a sale of a shop or warehouse in the Shambles / Butchery and formerly occupied by Jn. Cockerill, Wm. Pearce, Geo. Young, Jn Kennington and J. J. Chant.

Emily Firth purchases in 1902.

Eileen Mumby tells us” This for a few years been a butcher’s shop, but for many years was Firths, the corn merchants; two brothers, one married and one single. They lived in the house. In the shop they had a beautiful set of brass weighing scales. Their daughter was Mrs. Markham.”

Firths go back to at least 1871.

Charles who was born in 1858 was a baker and pork butcher. He died in 1896 and Emily, his wife, took over the business. In 1915 Emily is still said to be a baker, pork butcher,  confectioner and mercer  when she died.

In the lane behind No. 10 on the opposite side was the bake house (red doors).

Emily’s son, Charles, born 1892, is advertised as running the confection shop from1908. The last mention, I have found about the confection business, is 1911.

I have found no evidence about the business until 1922 when Charles and George are said to be Provision Dealers. In 1936 it says they are grocers.

In  the same year they purchased a 2nd hand 3cwt lorry for £57. 10. 0. Plus a new Bedford 2 ton drop-side lorry.

They are still in business in 1957 when they needed petrol coupons.


1968 the property was conveyed between George Albert Firth, Corn Merchant, and Marcus Rhodes Chamberlin of Market Place, Binbrook.

Roger and Penny Favell owned the family business and once supplied to close friends of the Royal Family.

Venison from the Queen’s estate was sent to Roger and his son, David to be made into sausages and burgers for Lord Montague.

The business goes back to before 1970.

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