Daily Photo: 05/02/10 – Number 16 in days gone by

February 5, 2010 by  

16 St Alfege Passage

Number 16 St Alfege Passage is now rather well known for being the B&B run by local actor, Robert Gray. But before it was turned into a guesthouse, it was F. Taylor’s corner shop and as this picture – provided by Robert – shows, it sold groceries, cakes, bread and Wall’s Ice cream.

Robert also gave me a copy of this sketch below which shows the preliminary workings of a painting of Number 16 by the artist, John Christopherson. Robert would very much like to track down the finished painting that came from this sketch.

Sketch of Number 16

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2 Responses to “Daily Photo: 05/02/10 – Number 16 in days gone by”

  1. Robert on February 6th, 2010 7:57 am

    Does anyone have any other photos of Number 16 .Some relations of Franny Taylor herself saw the building on a TV show and did make contact.Also several people in Austrialia clocked it. One even brought (by hand from Aus!!) a photo of the building that stood on the site of the Earl Grey pub opposite Number 16.Some will remember the inside of Franny`s shop “the monkey on a wire”Do get in touch if any of you have any other info Robert nmmanage@hotmail.com

  2. James Mardell on February 6th, 2010 3:53 pm

    I remember the shop very well. When I was a kid my mum used to take me in there to get my supply of Blackjacks and Fruit Salad from the sweet counter just inside the door. I used to have to stand on a chair to see the sweets properly! As Robert mentions, the “monkey on a wire” was a distinctive feature. I used to love watching it cycle back and forth across the ceiling. Happy days!