No 15 King Street

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15 King Street


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The short cut between King Street and Vine Street and the Royal Square, formerly part of jewellers Linscott's, has disappeared, incorporated into the new bank building


A picture from the 1980s, showing No 15 five shops down on the left, occupied by Linscott's

No 15 King Street has proved difficult to research, because it seems to have escaped most census enumerators. That may be because there was nobody resident at the time of the various censuses, and the premises were purely commercial.

The 1841 census shows William Bethell (30), an auctioneer, living there with wife Ann and two children. Four years earlier a commercial directory listed him as a bookseller and stationer.

Hollick fancy goods

N B Hollick, a fancy goods dealer and jeweller was trading from No 15 in 1850, as shown in the almanac advert below, and certainly in 1852 and 1857. In 1880 the business was listed as H Hollick, so it is a reasonable assumption that the business was there in between, although there is no record of an H Hollick in the 1861 or 1871 censuses, nor any return for the premises. Nor is there any recorded baptism in Jersey for a Hollick, which suggests that this was one of a number of English families to set up a shop in the growing centre of St Helier in the mid-19th century.

The premises are shown as unoccupied in the 1881 census, only a year after H Hollick is shown in an almanac listing as trading there, which suggests that the family did not live above their business.

In 1890 No 15 is shown as a back entrance to the York Hotel, which had its main frontage on the Royal Square. This is the only reference to the hotel extending this far along King Street.

Wine merchants

Probably before the turn of the century, as suggested by the advertisement on this page, but certainly by 1905, de Veulle and Co were operating at No 15 as wine and spirit merchants. They were followed by Scott and Co and then Linscotts Jewellers for the whole of the second half of the 20th century.

In 2010 Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank had rebuilt the property and a regrettable feature of this process was the loss of the narrow covered passage which used to pass through from King Street to Vine Street.

Chronology

  • 1937 - William Bethel, bookseller and stationer
  • 1841 - William Bethell, auctioneer
  • 1850 - N B Hollick, fancy goods and jeweller
  • 1861 - Not listed in census
  • 1871 - Not listed in census
  • 1880 - H Hollick, fancy repository
  • 1886 - C Baker, chemist
  • 1890 - York Hotel
  • 1895 - F A Plint
  • 1905-1920 - de Veulle and Co, wine and spirit merchants
  • 1930 - Scott and Co
  • 1940-2000 Linscotts jewellers
  • 2010 - Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank
No 15 is in the centre of this 1970 picture, occupied by Linscotts.
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