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No.128 High Street

Blockbuster Video

Shop History


Blockbuster Video

- 1977

Boots the Chemist

12th June 1953

- Newmarket UDC re-numbering map

2 April 1911

Boots the Chemist: Alfred Plumb - Chemist & Druggist - Census 

1909 / 1910

Boots, Cash Chemists, High St. Drugs & Gifts - Phone Book 


  • It's not known what's presently happening with this building; as the only ongoing planning application here is for the vinyl shop-front window signage, showing For Sale / To Let. As can be seen in the photo below though, scaffolding has been erected at the front of the builidng, which looks like it's there to gain access to the first floor windows.

    No.128 High Street - unoccupied - 2016

  • Before Blockbusters were in this building, Boots the Chemist had been here and moved to No.82, High Street in 1978 on the site of what was the Carlton Hotel, in a new building built as an extension of the Rookery Shopping Centre scheme.

  • Boots was the site of the sixth bomb that struck Newmarket on February 18th 1941, demolishing the top half of the building.
    If you compare the 1950s photo with that from 1935 below you'll see that the shop front was rebuilt slightly different - gone are the square fluted columns at the sides of the shop windows to be replaced by finer round marble versions that are matched with rounded sign board detail. And the twin bay windows at the front of the first floor are now plainer flat Georgian sash windows that can still be seen above the Blockbuster Video signboard today.
    For details about this click on the picture underneath

    The Bombing of Newmarket High Street 1941

  • Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch
    Newmarket Urban District Council Records
    Reference EF 506
  • Alterations to premises, High St, for Boots Ltd (M.V. Treleavan, c/o Jesse Boot, Station St, Nottingham) EF 506/6/1/11/288 Apr 1906

  • Many thanks to John Smyth for the 1935 photograph of Boots Chemists shown below.

  • Many thanks to 'Old Newmarket' for the photos 'Fire at Boots the Chemist 1950s', 'Boots the Chemist in the High Street 1941',
    'Boots Chemist c. 1910' & 'The High Street with Boots on the left c. 1900'.


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No.128 High Street

No.128 High Street

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