18 King Street
No 18 King Street, making the corner with Don Street, was the final property acquired during the expansion of department store Noel and Porter, which had taken over by the end of the 19th century.
Abraham AubinEarlier it was home to chemist J Lotherington in 1834, and later to draper Ernest Boudier in 1841, followed by Abraham Aubin. There are gaps in the records, and census returns showing the property unoccupied, but by using trade directories in early almanacs we have been able to establish that Abraham Aubin was in business at No 18, at least as early as 1852, as a 'linen draper, silk mercer, haberdasher, furrier and hosier'.
For somebody who ran a prominent King Street store for up to 40 years, there are surprisingly few records for Abraham Aubin. On 29 March 1871 a petition was raised in the streets of the town and harbour of St Helier on behalf of the merchants and seafaring men. The petition, on which Abraham Aubin, draper, was one of 343 signatories, was presented to the States by the Constable calling for improved harbour facilities. There is no will for Abraham in the Jersey Archive collection.
Abram or Abraham?
It took us some time to identify Abraham in the Jersey censuses, because he was recorded and is indexed as Abram in 1851, 1861 and 1871. It was only in 1881 that he was recorded as Abraham. At that time he was widowed and living at Cambrian House, St Peter, with his daughters Henrietta (1851- ), Alice Ann (1853- ) and Emma Jane (1854- ). In earlier years the family lived at No 4, and then No 6 Don street, round the corner from the King Street frontage of their shop.
Abraham was born in Grouville, the son of Clement Aubin and Susanne, also an Aubin by birth. Clement was the fourth generation of his lineage to have that name.
Until the autumn of 2016 this property was part of British Home Stores, having been demolished in 1970 as part of the rebuilding of the new BHS Store.
- 1834 - J Lotherington, chemist
- 1841 - Ernest Boudier (65), draper
- 1851 - Not listed in census
- 1852-1890 - A Aubin, draper, possibly earlier than 1852
- 1891 - Parisian Bazaar
- 1896 - 1965 - Noel and Porter
- 1970 - 2016 - British Home Stores