From photograph to history: super sleuthing

One of our HEIRtaggers came across this image in our ‘mystery location’ collection and decided to find out more.

Wylie: street scene in British town

Wylie: street scene in British town

She sent us this report:

‘Having spent a happy couple of hours yesterday evening doing some more ferreting, I can confirm that Resource ID ; 35259
Original Filename : Wyliebx3im002.tif
Caption : Wylie: street scene in British town
has now been identified as

Pickering, North Riding of Yorkshire – the Market Place

The exact date is more difficult to determine.
Herbert Hunt was not running either hotel in either 1893 nor 1913

Last name        First name       Born     Died     Event    Record set         
HUNT            HERBERT           1850       1906     1906     England & Wales deaths(1837-2007)
Location        Pickering, Yorkshire,

In the 1901 census
Herbert  Hunt   51  (born Yorks Wakefield)  was living in  Yorkshire Menston and working as a ” Drug Traveller”  !!

So that would place this photograph between 1901 & 1906′

Sue went on to find out more about the shops and businesses in the picture

Kelly’s Directory of N & E Ridings of Yorkshire, 1893. [Part 1: Places] p. 366 Pickering

Fowler & Srigley, grocers & provision dealers, Market place 
Fowler & Srigley, drapers, Market pl
Fowler &  Srigley, furntr.dlrs. Market pl

Coverdale J. & W.  ran the White Swan commercial hotel & posting house, wine & spirit mers. & brewers, Market pl., which was the starting point for:
Berryman, ‘White Swan ‘-To Cropton, daily

Longhorn, Ralph Brown, ran Black Swan commercial hotel & posting house,
Market place (which was also the Office for Corn Returns) and from which the Fly from Black Swan P.H. ‘attends arrival & departure of trains’ 

In the 1913 ‘Kelly’s Directory of N & E Ridings of Yorkshire [Part 1:
Localities, Court & Trade Directories], Fowler & Srigley are still trading, but the Black Swan seems to have relocated leaving only the White Swan in the Market Place:

‘Black Swan,  Family & Commercial hotel & posting house (Lancelot John Simpson, proprietor),
18 Birdgate
Simpson Lancelot John,
Black Swan family, commercial & posting hotel,18 Birdgate & Black Swan tap, 42 Hungate’ 

But Fowler and Srigley are still in business: ‘Fowler & Srigley, grocers & provision merchants & drapers, Cash stores,
2 Market place
Fowler & Srigley, furniture dlrs.Cash stores,
36 Market pl’

The following business can also be clearly seen in the image (& isn’t listed in 1893):
Scarborough & Whitby Breweries Lim. (branch stores), brewers & wine & spirit merchants (William Trowsdale, manager),
16 & 44a, Market place

Great detective work, Sue – thanks for giving us names and dates for this evocative image. Does anyone know more about the history of the Market Place and the people who lived and worked here?

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