Coffee full circle!

This photograph, of about 1900, shows Mr Fuggle’s Grocery Shop, 117 North Street, at the corner of Queen Square. The business was founded here in 1866 by Mr T. Fuggle, who later amalgamated with Mr J.S. Unwin of ‘Golden Canister’ fame. The business closed down in February 1911.

Thereafter the premises were occupied for many years by Graves Son & Pilcher, Estate Agents, until 1937. The corner block was finally demolished for street widening. The Sun Insurance Office’s building was erected on the cleared site.

The third photograph shows the ground floor of the building as being a Costa coffee house,    as it is today. It amused me to find that the trio of uses started and finished with coffee sales.

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  • Is it me or is the scene in the latest photo incredibly unattractive compared to the scene in the original photo? Did the architects of the new builds all win prizes? Brown envelopes?

    By Nick Burdett (21/06/2019)

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