No 71 King Street

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71 King Street


Hunt, hairdresser, wig maker and tobacconist


The building

Historic Environment Record: Circa 1820s building, incorporating earlier structure, contributing to the character of King Street and Broad Street with its proportions and features. There are many surviving Regency features internally. Maps suggest the site has been occupied for at least 300 years. Shown on the Richmond Map of 1795.

Elevation to King Street: three-storey, three-bay. Roof unseen behind parapet. Walls rough render. Windows original 12 pane (6/6) timber sashes, no horns. Ground floor full width projecting cornice. Southwest elevation to Broad Street (No 28): Three-storey with cellar, three-bay. Roof unseen behind parapet. Walls are rough render on first and second floors and smooth render lined with ashlar effect on part of the ground floor. Evidence of earlier building in situ with granite roof kneeler at first floor level, plus cellar. North entrance has original Doric doorcase with fluted pilasters, plain frieze and cornice. Additional shop entrance with model of fish in bas relief over, cellar window below. Shared interior with 71 King Street running through to 28 Broad Street at each level. The original doglegged stair with painted handrail, turned newel and stick balusters remains from first to second floors. On the first floor King Street room is a marble fire surround with reed mouldings and bull's eye medallions, with a very elaborate grate. Ceiling rose and ornamented cornice remain. First floor Broad Street room has fire surround with reed mouldings and bull's eye medallions and adjacent cupboards.

The early 19th century structure makes this one of the oldest buildings in King Street, and its much earlier origins suggest that it originally had its main frontage on Broad Street, which then had much greater commercial importance, with a back entrance on to King Street, which was then a track at the end of open meadowland.


The first trader on record here was a silversmith or watchmaker called Marcus, in 1837.

There were three households at No 71 in 1851. It appears likely that shoemaker Charles Ascot was trading there. He lived with his wife Mary, son Frederick and daughter Elizabeth, and the family had come from Yeovil, Somerset.

Eve family

The Eve family were all born in Jersey with the exception of carpenter and builder John Eve’s English wife Susannah, nee Pearce. By 1851 they had three children, Margaret (9) and twins Robert and Charles (6). James, born in 1843 and Frederick William in 1848 appear not to have survived. Three further children, Susanna, Clara and John Pearce were to follow in the 1850s. By 1861 the Eves were still at No 71 but head of household John has now become a master baker. The family was still there in 1871.

The third 1851 household comprised mason’s widow Ann Rafferty and her labourer son Philip.

Hunt family

The Eves were followed by the Hunt family, who had relatives at No 69. Robert (1850- ) was the son of John Hunt (1818- ) from England, and his Jersey-born wife Amelia (nee Fauchon) (1819-1906). Robert was in business as a hairdresser from at least 1880, and was living at No 71 in 1881 with his wife Mary (1856- ) and five sons Sydney (1874- ), Joseph (1876- ), Clarence (1878- ), Herbert (1879- ) and Stewart (1881- ).

Various members of the Hunt family were in business at No 71 over some 110 years. Robert was followed by his sons Robert and Stewart, who ran a cycle shop, and they were followed in turn by a further generation until the business eventually closed in the 1990s.

The cycle dealership side of the Hunt family business

Chronology [1]

  • 1837 - Marcus, watchmaker or silversmith
  • 1851 - Charles Ascot, shoemaker
  • 1861-71 - John Eve, baker
  • 1880-1919 - Robert Hunt, hairdresser
  • 1930 - R Hunt and Son
  • 1940 - Stewart Hunt, cycle agent
  • 1949-1960 - S S Hunt
  • 1965-1990 - H S Hunt
  • 2000 - Athlete's Foot
  • 2010 Elmina Salon

Notes and references

  1. Many of the start and end dates given for businesses are approximate. As more business advertisements and other records are discovered the dates will be adjusted
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