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Postby Zoolandia » 16 Mar 2021, 11:44

Hi,
Did a funeral parlour or undertakers once occupy that site now taken up by the old Debenhams building?

Many thanks!

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Re: Debenhams

Postby Tresagreen » 16 Mar 2021, 13:46

Hi Paul, could this be what you are looking for? John Thorley opened the business around 1852. T

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Re: Debenhams

Postby EWW » 16 Mar 2021, 16:31

Number 12. Smack on the money in this picture.

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Re: Debenhams

Postby Tresagreen » 16 Mar 2021, 17:21

From this, (1883) it looks as if Jermyns carried on the funeral business until at least the fire in 1884.

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Re: Debenhams

Postby Tresagreen » 17 Mar 2021, 11:59

And after the even more disasterous one of 1897.

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Re: Debenhams

Postby KTL16825 » 17 Mar 2021, 16:07

Tresagreen wrote:And after the even more disasterous one of 1897.

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Hi, Teri. Do you have a specific date for this? I've had a quck trawl through the Lynn Advertiser, and the latest reference I can find to Jermyn & Perry providing a funeral service comes from 28th November 1891, although the Mourning Department (with all manner of mourning wear) is mentioned as late as 24th January 1913. That said, Kelly's (1900 & 1904) lists Jermyn & Perry as "linen drapers, silk mercers, carpet warehousemen and undertakers". (My italics.)
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Re: Debenhams

Postby Tresagreen » 17 Mar 2021, 16:48

Hi Ken, according to this it was 1924. T

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Re: Debenhams

Postby KTL16825 » 17 Mar 2021, 16:54

Thanks, T. That's much later than I'd anticipated.
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Re: Debenhams

Postby Tresagreen » 17 Mar 2021, 19:16

Alfred Jermyn ( who became Sir Alfred in 1919) took over the business in 1927 and it was renamed Jermyn and Sons.
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Re: Debenhams

Postby Zoolandia » 18 Mar 2021, 23:09

Thanks for all your replies - and, yes as you surmised Tresagreen, I am trying to ascertain some historical provenance for the reputed ghost sighting. Very often, people just repeat the stories without checking to see if the historical record can be verified. At least the part about an undertakers being on the site has some basis in fact.

I'm just wary about stories being repeated without fact checking. In February 1998, some of my friends and I decided to go to the Kent coast as there was a very strong legend of a phantom ship that appears every 50 years on Valentine's Day having sunk on the Goodwin Sands. We just assumed that the story was true but we didn't know if the alleged ghost ship was due to appear in the morning or the evening - and we didn't want to be "out" by 12 years lest we have to wait another 50 years. So, I spent a very enjoyable afternoon in the Guildhall Library in London going through old editions of Lloyd's publications and other items - and not only did I find that there was no record of the ship having sunk, there was no record that the ship had ever existed! So, now I am very wary. In other controversial cases, there is often no discussion of provenance or veracity of evidence.
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