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The Fish Pond, 1927



Numbers 1 and 2 South Parade are the premises next door to the Fish Pond Hotel and are part of a group of three shops opposite the Fish Pond (the numbering has changed since this picture was taken).

In 1906 the proprietor of No. 1 was John Henry Lusby and his shop sign that is suspended from a metal bracket announces "J. H. Lusby Patent Medicine & Drug Stores", whilst the shop windows on the left advertise Cadbury's Chocolates and on the right Tobacco, Cigars and Cigarettes[1]. At the left edge of the photograph is a doorway with the words Burlington House Apartments above it as well as a sign-board for King's Tea Rooms. The Lusbys and Kings were related as Mr. Lusby's mother was the sister of Mr. Lexey (Lexcey) King[2]. After Mr. Lusby died at Burlington House in 1828 his widow Nellie and her daughter Edna continued to run the shop. Unfortunately, Edna died at Whitworth Hospital in 1940. The local poetess Charlotte Farnsworth lived with Mrs. Lusby for some years and the two ladies were planning to move to Oban, which Nellie Lusby had bought[3]. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be as Nellie Lusby passed away at Burlington House in 1946. Harry Gill, the photographer, then became the proprietor[5].

Next door, at No.2, was a Stamps Photo Specialist who also carried out repairs and the right hand window seems to contain trinkets. William Hackney was at this address in 1901 and but he later moved further down the Parade. By 1911 the property was described as Mr. Smith's Lock up shop[6]. It later became Barker's and then Buckley's, though in the 1930s and 40s Herbert Mills' shoe repairs was in the left hand part of number two[7]. Then Mr and Mrs Loundes took over both sections of the shop.


Postcard in the collection of and provided by and © Ken Smith.
Image scanned for this website and information researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References (coloured links are to transcripts or more information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] See: Kelly's Directory 1899 (as Henry) | the 1901 census | Kelly's Directory 1908 | Kelly's Directory 1916

[2] John Henry Lusby had married Elizabeth King at St. Giles in 1868 and their son, also John Henry and who ran the shop in Matlock Bath, married Nellie Colban at Holy Trinity on 26 Apr 1899. MI's for the family: the Kings and Mrs Elizabeth Lusby | John, Nellie and daughter Edna Lusby

[3] There is more about Charlotte Farnsworth. Oban information from Ken Smith.

[4] William Hackney is shown at No. 2 in the 1901 census

[5] Read the article "One Man's Photographic Memory"

[6] The 1911 census is published by FindMyPast

[7] He advertised in Kelly's Directories of 1925, 1928, 1932 and 1941