No 32 King Street

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32 King Street


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Trading as Gaudin and Bulbeck in 1896


No 32 was not listed in the 1834 trade directory which shows some of the earliest businesses to trade in King Street, and although it was occupied by a family at the time of the 1841 census, there is no indication that any business was being conducted there.

In 1851 the occupant shown in the census was John Desborough, but it does not appear that he was in business there. The occupants of No 32 in 1851 were the Desborough family: Father John (24), mother Esther and two-month-old daughter Mathilda. John, from England, is shown as a ‘housekeeper’.

William Valpy Gaudin's business in 1910

Bulbeck and Gaudin

From 1871 onwards the business operating from No 32 was run by pastrycook John Bulbeck, and then his wife Eliza (nee Clark). The couple had four children, Edward Henry (1839- ), Clara Louisa (1842- ), William Edgar (1843- ) and Emily Alice (1846- ).

By 1896 the widowed Eliza Bulbeck was in partnership with William Valpy Gaudin and from 1890 the business was solely in the hands of William, the son of Philippe Thomas and Fanny Leader Hackworthy. The Valpy name had been introduced to the Gaudin family through the marriage of Philippe Thomas' father Francois to Elizabeth Valpy in 1797.

William Valpy Gaudin was first in business at 11 Queen Street. The 1881 census shows William Valpy Gaudin (1842- ) trading there as a confectioner. William Valpy Gaudin started in business in Queen Street with his younger sister Emma (1844- ).

Voisin's

In 1918 neighbouring department store Voisin's acquired the Gaudin business and property and continued to run the bakery and confectionery until 1998, when the business was sold and No 32 was used for other parts of the Voisin business.

Chronology

  • 1841 - Occupants at census Eliza Moore (50), of independent means, John, Henry and Nicholas
  • 1851 - Occupant at census John Desborough, housekeeper (?)
  • 1871-1880 - John Bulbeck, pastrycook
  • 1885 - Mrs Bulbeck
  • 1896 - Gaudin and Bulbeck
  • 1890-1919 - William Valpy Gaudin, confectioner and baker
  • 1930 - Voisin and Company, Gaudin's




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