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5 St James Terrace
In 1850, when the terrace was about 10 years old, this was a pork butchers belonging to Mr J. Lambourn. By 1870 this had become Lambourn and Sons and remained so until the late 1870s when the shop changed hands. It firstly became M.& E. Tarr and then C. Fryer, both pork butchers.
After 1882 the house may have reverted to residential use. This changed in 1902 when Alfred Caudle set up his greengrocery business here. The Caudles were at these premises until 1972 and you can read more of their story below. Some of their comments still seem relevant today.
Within just a few years this shop then became one of the many antiques dealers in the area, called Martiniques Antiques. In recent years it has been a garden design shop named Capability.
Researcher: Stuart Manton
He took over when his parents retired in 1930 and has remained for 42 years.
The shop was supplied by fruit and vegetables from its own gardens in the Park and at where Sandford Pool now lies. Grapes were included among a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. “Eating habits have changed a lot since the shop first started,” said Mr Caudle. “People are choosier these days,” he said. “They like foreign stuff like avocados and red peppers, whereas a vegetable like sea kale that used to be very popular, has gone out altogether.”
He had not been alarmed by the rise of the supermarkets and pre-packaged vegetables. “We give a different service,” he said. “There are three things. Personal service, personal credit and personal delivery. You won’t find a supermarket giving all those.” “We serve people who used to come in 30 years ago, and others who’ve moved into other parts of the town make a point of coming back to us.”
After their retirement, Mr and Mrs Caudle plan to go on a long holiday before returning to their home at 92 St Georges Place, Cheltenham.
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