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27 Suffolk Parade (formerly 11 Suffolk Parade South)
The land on which this and the neighbouring houses was built previously formed part of the field called Home Acre, purchased by Henry Thompson from the Delabere estate in 1807.
In 1834 John Hill sold this property to Charles Tuck, of Charlton Kings, for £250. It was described in the title deeds as having a frontage of 15 feet, representing the former front garden. Mr Tuck's sons, William and Charles junior, sold it again to George Henry Palmer in 1873.
The property appears to have been mainly residential until about 1880. In 1850 it was occupied by a painter called Mr Ellis but by 1858 this had changed to Mr James Eccles, a carver and gilder of picture frames and other decorative furnishings. In 1861 he was 60 years old and lived here, initially as a tenant of the Tucks and then Mr Palmer, with his younger wife Sophia. They were at this address for at least 20 years, having previously lived across and further up the street, at 3 St James Terrace, from the late 1840s.
By 1881, the property saw a complete change when it was combined with number 10 next door (now number 26) to become George H. Palmer, Ironmongers. Mr Palmer was still here in 1895 but by 1900 the shop had been taken over by Mr C.H. Barcham, who remained here until 1922. In that year he sold the business to Percy E. Jeffcoat in whose hands it remained until at least the late 1950s.
Mr Jeffcoat initially leased the property from the heirs of George Palmer. He was involved with the Gloster Aircraft Company during World War II and may have made components for them in his workshop at the rear of the ironmongers.
By 1961 the property was home to Gordon Mustoe Ltd, TV, radio & electrical engineers. They were here for a few years but by the late 1960s an antique dealers called Reynolds (Cheltenham) Ltd was established here. This subsequently became T.J. Hammond, a second hand furniture dealer and finally, since 1984, the Triton Gallery. Mr Eccles would surely be interested in the range of decorative items now available in what was his home.
Researchers: Stuart Manton & Jill Waller
Triton Gallery Antiques
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