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Junction of Trumpington and Silver Streets

4 Silver Street

History of 4 Silver Street

1913:

Haslop and Co, butchers

Mrs E Haslop

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1962:

Haslop and Co, butchers

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1986:

‘Still Life with Oranges’ by David Armitage. Exhibited at 4 Silver Street July 1988

Rebecca Sheldrick described when she and her business partner set up an art gallery at this address:

From what I can gather Haslop’s had been a university butcher since Victorian times.  We found huge bones in the drains – yuk – and invoices going back years and years in the loft space, which we opened up to form the gallery.  There is also a very grim cellar – I dread to think what happened down there!

‘Pause’ by Margaret Shields. Exhibited at 4 Silver Street June 1988

My business partner, Michael Bellingham, and I had met at Durham University and when we left we took advantage of the Graduate Enterprise Programme to set up a business.  The idea was to favour young unknown artists with monthly shows and pay for this by selling ‘quality’ gifts in the attached design shop.  It was all very 80s silver and black but also some local makers such as Alison Gautrey (ceramicist) and Neil Payne & Simon Hanna (silk designs) who are still going strong.  We did one show of Graham Sutherland lithographs through a contact in Cork Street but didn’t sell a single one.  Artists we showed who I know are still working are Jonathan Clarke (Way of Life sculpture in Ely Cathedral) and Anthony de Jong Cleyndert (frequently shows at Fire Engine House Ely and has stained glass in Ely Cathedral).

‘Sphinx’ by Nicola Kemp exhibited at 4 Silver Street April 1988

‘The White Swan’ by Lucy Lant. Exhibited at 4 Silver Street September 1988

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