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5 Suffolk Parade
Remarkably, this property has been in the same trade for more than 160 years!
The first recorded butcher here was Mr E. Turner in 1850. He had been replaced by 1857 by John Barratt, then in 1865 by W.H. Warner. From 1875 to around 1890 Caudle & Sons were the butchers here and they were followed first by Mr T. Fryer and then Charles Fryer, pork butchers, until at least 1917. Charles Fryer died at Leckhampton in 1922, aged 80.
Number 5 Suffolk Parade was offered for sale in April 1919 and was sold soon after, for £440, to Charles Waltham. Mr Waltham was born near Swindon Village in 1888 and served with the Royal Artillery in France during the First World War. He still employed a pony and trap to make deliveries around the area when, on 1st February 1933, it was involved in a minor accident with a car at the junction of Norwood Road and Grafton Road. The pony was knocked over but got up and bolted down Norwood Road, chased by the trap driver. Unfortunately for Mr Waltham, the car owner was found not to have been at fault and he had to pay damages to her of £2 10 shillings (£2.50).
Charles Waltham died in 1947 and was succeeded in the business by his son Eric. Their name was associated with the shop for longer than anyone else so far, until around 1985, when it was taken over by the current owners M.J. and J.A. Watts.
Researchers: Stuart Manton & Jill Waller (Updated Jan 2016)
Below are a selection of articles and photos about E.C. Waltham that have been kindly provided by Monica Bean.
E.C. Waltham, Butchers
With thanks to Monica Hunt, granddaughter of Charles Waltham, who supplied these photographs and articles from local newspapers, as well as the 1927 Souvenir of Cheltenham. Click on them to see larger versions with captions, or read the transcripts.
Souvenir of Cheltenham, produced for the 1927 Biannual Conference of the National Federation of Meat Traders' Associations.
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