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No.78 High Street


Shop History

October 2016 -

Scrivens Opticians


- 15th Apr 2014

Phones 4U

1980 - 1990

Smiths Dry Cleaners



1961 - 1977

Tooks Bakery

12th June 1953

Home & Colonial Stores - Newmarket UDC re-numbering map


Home & Colonial Stores

February 18th 1941

Home & Colonial Stores demolished by bomb No.1


Home& Colonial Stores - Newmarket Directory


Bocock, D. & Sons - Newmarket Street Directory


Bocock, D. & Sons, Butchers - Kelly's Directory


Not listed - Census

1909 - 1910

Bocock, D. & Sons, Butchers - Phone Book


Bocock - Street Market Map


Uninhabited - Census


Herbert Peck - Census


James York, solicitor - Census


James York, solicitor - Census


James Taylor, draper - Census


    Scrivens - 20th October 2016
    - the shop had previously been at No.72 The Guineas

  • James Taylor, draper

  • James Taylor, the son of James & Mary, was born in Newmarket and baptised here on 15th February 1822. In 1851 he was listed as a draper's assistant and was living with his mother Mary and family in All Saints. On the 1861 census he's listed here in the High Street as a draper, with his sister Elizabeth as his housekeeper.

  • James Neal York

  • Solicitor James Neal York was quite an interesting character, and although he lived here at No.78 for quite a few years, due to a certain relevance, his life story is detailed on the page for Deva House - No.90 High Street, where he died on 9th July 1886.

  • Home & Colonial Stores

  • Home & Colonial Stores was a victim of the first bomb that struck Newmarket on 18th February 1941, demolishing most of the building, leaving just the ground floor section.

    If you compare the 1912 photo with that from c. 1950 below you'll see that the the two upper storey windows have 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

    Home and Colonial Stores is the building that has only the ground floor remaining in the photo above - just to the right of the passageway that goes beside it and down to the rear yard behind.

    When the building was re-built after the War this passageway was filled-in and is no longer there today (think of the passageway on the left of Barclays Bank - No.58-60 High Street ... it used to be was a bit like that).

  • Phones 4U

  • Phones 4U, announced on 15th September 2014 that it was going into administration, with the company’s 550 stores and thousands of jobs at risk.

    The immediate cause of its collapse was the decision by Britain’s biggest mobile-phone operator, EE, owner of the Orange and T-Mobile brands, not to renew the contract to sell its products in Phones 4U shops. This followed a similar decision by Vodafone earlier that month.

    Phones 4U had already been deserted by two other operators, O2 and Three. Thus, in spite of revenues of £1 billion ($1.6 billion) in 2013, if the mobile network operators declined to supply them, they didn't have a business.

    No.78 High Street - Unoccupied - 17th Jul 2016

  • Building Changes

  • Planning Application - F/2003/0869/CAC
    Application Received Thu 02 Oct 2003
    Application Validated Fri 24 Oct 2003 
    Address 78 High Street Newmarket
    Proposal Erection of rear single storey extension (partial demolition of existing).
    Decision Permitted Development

  • Planning Application - F/2003/0868/FUL
    Application Received Thu 02 Oct 2003
    Application Validated Thu 23 Oct 2003
    Address 78 High Street Newmarket
    Proposal Re-Advertisement: Erection of rear single storey extension (partial demolition of existing), remodelling of the front elevation including the installation of a new timber shopfront.
    Decision Approve with conditions

  • Planning Application - F/80/762
    Application Received Tue 28 Oct 1980
    Application Validated Tue 28 Oct 1980
    Address 78 High Street Newmarket Suffolk
    Proposal C/USE to dry cleaning and installation of machinery & ancillary equipment.
    Decision Application Approved

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

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


No.78 High Street

Tooks c.1977

Tooks c.1960

Bococks June 1906