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Victoria Avenue (East Side – north)

History of Victoria Avenue (East Side)

The ennumeration of the properties here has changed since the early C20th. In 1913 there were numerous commercial properties from the corner up until Trafalgar Street, but the highest number was ‘3’.

1901 Spalding’s

James Mitcham (butcher) [uncle of Charles N Mitcham]

Oswin Smith, fruiterer

T Westrope, watchmaker and jeweller

(1) S V Galloway

(2) E Finch, Avenue Dairy

(3) Jon George, boot and shoemaker

Sarah Ann Stearne, milliner, dress and mantle maker

1913 Kellys


James Mitcham, butcher

Oswin Smith, fruiterer

Fred King, hairdresser and tobacconist

L & NW & Mid. Railways Goods snd Parcels

(1) Mrs E Conway, stationer, tobacconist and Newsagent

(2) E Finch, confectioner and fruiterer

(3) Mrs Sarah Ann Stearne, milliner, dress and mantle maker

Stearne and Fenn, Printers



(5) Charles N Mitcham, draper

(7) Mrs Ida Garrett, tobacconist

(9) Charles N Mitcham, draper

(11) Mrs Esther Conway, newsagent

(13) Eliot Finch, confectioner

(15) A Waller and Sons, butchers

In 1981, Peter Welton of Wallers the butchers said : Charlie Mitcham’s uncle was a butcher at the corner shop. Arthur Waller took it over from him in the 1920s, and then moved here in the 30s when Mr Mitcham wanted to enlarge his store.” Peter Welton came to Wallers in 1941. (CWN 30.4.1981)


(3 – 9) Mitchams, drapers

(11) A D Pledge, newsagent

(13) Sanderson’s, ladies hairdresser

(15) A Waller and Son, butchers



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