King's, the Grocers, High Street, Wickford.

Further to my request for information about King’s grocers shop, Wickford High Street,  information has been received that it was opposite the Congregational Church and was there from the early 1900s – late 1920s. See the photo. – King’s is the left one of the block of 3.

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  • The above photograph shows H E King traded from the building which is now occupied by Nationwide Building Society, at 43 High Street, so King’s grocery store was not opposite the Congregational Church, which was opposite Market Road.
    Henry Edward King appears to have arrived in Wickford around 1900/01, for he is shown as a boarder at Wickford on the 1901 census return. He was the manager of James Gigney’s grocery store on the Broadway. Henry later traded in his own right, setting up shop in the High Street, where he remained until the autumn of 1937. He sold the property to Barclays and moved to the Stowmarket area. He was born in Suffolk.
    Henry was a deacon at the Congregational Chapel and a chairman of the Wickford Nursing Association.

    By David C Rayment (02/06/2022)

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