Market Place No 1

Market Place, Chemist, Post Office.


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Early 18th Century with 19th Century alterations –

Central glazed door with plain overlight flanked by by singular rectangular bays each containing triple 19th century windows.

19th Century plain sashes.

Original C18 lead downpipe and hopper

LINCOLNSHIRE CHRONICLE – October 13th 1859 CAISTOR – “William Moody was last week appointed carrier for this town in place of John Odling, whose unwarrantable use of secrets known only to himself and the Postmaster, had well nigh led to worse results than his dismissal.”

George Haddesley 1880’s “Mr. Cartledge the Chemist I remember very well. His shop was at the corner of the Market Place, the entrance being in the short street leading into the Market Place. Amongst other things he sold sweets, some got to know him very well. He was very good to us. (Maybe this is the shop but with a side entrance.

Jessie Bryan wrote in 1980 about the end of the C19th and early C20th – “…Mr. Watson, postmaster and chemist,….”

1896 Kelly’s Directory Robert J. Watson – Chemist and Druggist, Sheep Dipper

1920 Tommy Hewson Chemist and Post Office

1928 Advert in Primitive Methodist Jubilee Celebrations – A.R. Hewson, M.P.S. Dispensing and Family Chemist, Agent for Kodak Supplies, Pennells’ Lincoln Seeds, Flowers and Wreaths, Lyons Cakes, Watmoughs Grimsby Biscuits


From the Caistor Heritage Trust. I hope the names are correct.

Carol Barnes – I remember Mrs. Cavallini who lived in North Street working behind the counter there and Sandy Storr was a postman. My Great Uncle Frank Rudkin was a postman and he had a motorbike and side car but I can’t remember him as a postman. I think a lady who lived in Hansard Crescent was a post lady.

Lesley Caborn – Mrs Annie Dickinson was the post lady,

Nick Young – When Mr and Mrs Ward had the PO and chemists.

Susan Lane Geraghty – The post office was one side and the chemist the other side. There was another chemist in the Market Place. I think it might have been called Roots.

Alan Dennis – In the C19th it was also a printers, financed by Miss Marris from the Old Vicarage, set up in competition with Parkers.

Ann Danby – I remember the post office and chemist being in the same building. My late mum, Marjorie Beasley was also a post lady in the 70’s.

Linda Moffat – I remember Mr. and Mrs Phillipe at the Post Office, I used to live in Cromwell View, maiden name Garner, brother and sister are twins, Malcolm and Janet.

Anne Townsend – I remember when Phillippe’s ran it and lived in the flat at the back and above the PO, They had two daughters – Rosemary (Rosie) who eventually married Dennis Grundy, and also Alison (she married a naval officer and lived or still lives down near Portsmouth. Both girls were very musical.

Diane Good – My nanna Annie Dickenson was post lady for 25 years I remember helping her when I was young she was posting in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Other posties I remember are Bruce Curtis, Ralph Rodwell, Sandy Storr and Fay Taylor.

Carol Barnes – There was a post office on the left side with Mrs. Cavalini behind the counter and Mr. Ward, the chemist on the other side of the shop.


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1826 Public House Rent.jpg
1826, Wanted to Rent


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1818, Stamford,


A bottle that once contained Hair Restorer.
Allen Hair Restorer, Window display at Watson’s Chemist Shop


Ward, Chemist, Optician
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T. J. Ward
1912 Market Place.jpeg
1912 Advert for house in the Butter Market


1916 Hewson.jpeg
1916 Licence to sell sheep dips and weed killer
1828 Death of Mrs. Elizabeth Capes, milliner
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1908 Caistor square stamp
1919 Kirk Postman.jpg
1919 Postman Decorated
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1830 Royal Mail Grimsby to London