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No.76 High Street


Shop History


Abt. 2000

Birthdays Ltd


Dewhurst Butchers

12th June 1953

Dewhursts Butchers
- Newmarket UDC re-numbering map

February 18th 1941

Hepworths, Tailors demolished by bomb No.1


Hepworths, Tailors - Newmarket Directory


International Tea Co. Stores Ltd., High Street - Newmarket Street Directory


International Stores [see photo below]


International Stores - Street Market Map

Aft. 1901 -
Aft. 1926

International Stores


Drapers - Census


  • John Frederick DRACKETT-CASE (1844-1915) was originally from Lowestoft - changing his name to Frederick John, on the 1881 census he's shown living here with his wife Alice (nee Munnings from Kirtling) as a Cab Proprietor on Lowestoft Beach ... along with his young family, which now included Frederick Charles and Percival Ernest (of later Newmarket significance.)
    He then moved with Alice and his 9 children to live in Woodditton (presumably to be near to Alice's home village) and is then shown on the 1891 census as a fishmonger.
    In the 1911 census he's shown boarding in 2 Brighton Terrace, Queen Street - still as a fishmonger and never seems to have lived above his shop in the High Street, sadly passing-away soon after in 1915.

    By the 1901 census son Frederick Charles had married and was living in St. Philips Road, before moving to Mentmore House (No.30 High Street) by the 1911 census.
    Percival Ernest also married and moved to St. Philips Road by 1901, finally moving to live next door to his brother in the other half of Mentmore House  (No.32 High Street) by the 1911 census.

  • In 1901 International Tea & Co. is shown in the Eastern Counties of England Directory in 5 Buckley Terrace, Upper Station Road (now No.30 Old Station Road - the Arif Indian Restaurant).

  • By the 1926 Newmarket Street Directory the International Tea Co. Stores was both in No.76 High Street and also across the road in Holland House (No.61 High Street), next to the Congregational Church.

  • By the 1936 Newmarket Directory the International Stores was no longer at No.76 and was only shown at Holland House (No.61 High Street) and Hepworths had taken its place at this location.

  • Hepworths, next door Freeman, Hardy & Willis and the Marlborough Club in the rooms above was the site of the first bomb that struck Newmarket on February 18th 1941, demolishing most of the building.
    17 year old William Whelan was working in Hepworths at the time and was one of the first fatalities.

    If you compare the 1912 photo with that from c. 1950 below you'll see that the building has completely disappeared.

    For more details about about this dark day click on the large picture underneath
1912 - photo courtesy 'Old Newmarket' c. 1950 - photo courtesy 'Old Newmarket'
The Bombing of Newmarket High Street 1941
February 18th 1941 - photo courtesy of the Newmarket Local History Society

  • Note from webmaster - on the right in the above photo you can see Whipps Fishmongers - No.72 High Street (the shop with the unfurled awning). Another bomb, the first one dropped, had landed on the fish smokery in the yard at the back of the shop where my Granddad was working at the time ... fortunately it failed to explode and he was thrown to the ground, mostly unhurt.

  • Building Changes

  • Planning Application - F/81/094
    76 High Street Newmarket Suffolk
    Application Registered 03-02-1981
    C/USE of first floor areas from offices to retail shop

  • Planning Application - F/81/625
    Freeman Hardy Willis 76 High Street Newmarket Suffolk
    Application Registered 21-10-1981
    New Shopfront

  • Planning Application - F/93/285
    76 High street Newmarket Suffolk
    Application Registered 27-05-1993
    New shopfront

  • Planning Application - F/2000/083/ADI
    76 High Street, Newmarket
    Application Registered 02-02-2000
    Applicant Birthdays Ltd
    Non-illuminated fascia and projecting signs as amended by letter received 25/2/2000 and drawing received 10/3/2000

  • Many thanks to Peter Norman for his details about the Newmarket Street Market Map 1904
    and the photos 'Dewhurst c.1977' and 'Dewhurst c.1960'.

  • Many thanks to Roger Newman for the postcard  'International Stores June 1906'.

  • Many thanks to 'Old Newmarket' for the photos 'International Stores c. 1910' and 'Drackett-Case International Stores c. 1900s'.


No.76 High Street

Dewhurst c.1977

Dewhurst c.1960

Drackett-Case International Stores c.1910s

International Stores c.1910

International Stores June 1906