Where did your Granny buy her vegetables?
Geoffrey Fleet, a long term resident of Amble, is posing a challenge to Ambler readers! He is in search of any information about this shop (see pic) which he believes to have been in Amble around 1885, though he cannot trace an address. Geoff discovered this photo, along with other family documents, photos and certificates in an old cash bag from Simpson’s Mineral Water Business.
With the help of the other information in the bag, he discovered that his Great Grandfather Francis Hedley lived his whole life in Amble, at 30 Newburgh Street, and married Jane Turner in 1885.
Sadly they only shared ten years together before his death in 1895 at the age of only 31. After Francis’s death, Jane continued to run J. Hedley’s, as records still document Jane as a fruiterer in 1897.
Geoffrey believes his grandfather is the little boy in the window of the shop and his great grandmother Jane Turner, is the lady standing outside the shop. Some of our more observant readers will notice the reflection of trees, in the window, and that the door on the right hand side of the photo has a number two door sign. Could these be possible clues as to the location of the fruiterer’s?
So, did any of your Grannies shop at J Hedley’s fruit shop? Do you have any tales from past relatives about this mysterious shop, can you recall the Hedley name in Amble? Why not get in touch with any information so you can help Mr Fleet take that step closer to his ancestors.
Contact Geoffrey at firstname.lastname@example.org.