in Ann Street
Photos courtesy Maureen Galvani
A partition wall at the rear of a former hat shop in Ann Street.
It looks as if DIYers have cleaned off their varnish and paint brushes
on the surface of an old poster...
'Season COOK, SON & CO.
& GIRLS TWEED CLOTH & VELVET
As this is specifically entitled in this way, one can assume
that the shop was definitely a 'hatter', whereas women's headgear would
have been sold by a milliner. The assumption is that the specialism
noted on the poster is carried over to the business of the shop.
Products in the above details:
'Felt Sailor 18/9 to 36/-'
'military-style hats': 'Velvet Tam 12/11, 14/11 to 24/- ["PILOT" under
an anchor on hatband]
Cloth Tam 18/6. 21/9, 24/6 ["ECLIPSE" on hatband]
Girl's Cloth Tam 9/11, 12/6, 15/6, 18/6
Navy Cloth Fife 12/6, 14/9, 16/11, 18/11 [both Fifes with bow
Tweed Fife 8/11, 10/6, 12/6, 14/6, 16/6'
'Collegiate 36/-, 42/-, 54/-'
Halfway down: 'MEN'S
BOYS HARD & SOFT FOX[?] HATS'
Some of the products advertised:-
'Tweed Tourist 8/6, 10/6, 12/6, 15/-'
Bowlers: 'Satin Lined 48/-, 54/-, 57/-
Brown 51/-, 62/-, 72/-
Youth's Hard 21/9, 24/9, 28/6 to 42/-
Men's Fur Lined 36/6, 42/-, 48/-, 56/-
Men's Paget 12/11, 16/11, 18/11, 24/-'
'Clerical 42/-, 51/-, 60/-, 72/-'
At fifty-six shillings (two pounds, sixteen shillings) for the
largest size of the Men's Fur Lined in, say, 1900 – that's £307.69 in
today's money – these hats were quite pricey. The cheapest of the same
model is thirty-six shillings and sixpence (one pound, sixteen
shillings and sixpence) – today that would be £200.55. However, at the
end of the Victorian era it would be almost unthinkable to go out and
about bare-headed. Unsuprisingly the quality of one's apparel said a
great deal about one's wealth and social standing.
Cook, Son & Co. catalogue poster is almost certainly published by a
hatter supplying wares to shops such as this. It is thought that
hat-making and repairs may have been carried out on the premises, too.
Researching the trade directories:-
No entries found for ‘Milliners’, nor ‘Hatters’ for Ann Street (White’s
Directory of Suffolk, 1855).
45 Ann Street: Moffat, Andrew, travelling draper (‘drpr’) –
next entry is -Cumberland Street- which suggests
that no. 45 predates the terrace of houses down to the corner pub
(Stevens Directory, 1871-2).
(Stevens Directory, 1885).
(Stevens Directory, 1894). [Note -
Miss E. Cook, milliner is
at 13 Orford Street.]
45 Oliver, John draper (Kelly’s Directory, 1906).
(Kelly’s Directory, 1909).
45 King, John
Oliver, John draper
(Kelly’s Directory, 1910).
(Kelly’s Directory, 1912).
The entries above suggest that the address was a residence, rather than
a shop+residence. The current owner: "I believe there
was a teacher and his family of wife, six children and a maid living
here in approx 1870s so it's unlikely that the hat shop was operational
at that time. We noted that there was a travelling draper living here
in the early part of the 20th century."
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