No 41 King Street

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41 King Street


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1876 advert for John Mallet


41 and 43 King Street

P Grigriy was established as a grocer at 35 King Street in 1834, and here, three doors down, is someone of the same name operating a drapery. They may have been one and the same, or perhaps father and son.

John Mallet and family in about 1884. Back row, left to right: Mary Elizabeth, Louisa, John Henry, Julia (wife of John Henry) and Walter; seated, John, Louisa and baby Grace, daughter of John Henry; front: Frederick

John Mallet

The 1851 census shows that Clement Hamon, a china and glass dealer, was living here with his family. He had left by 1871, when he was trading across the street at No 40, and watchmaker John Mallet was established at No 41. His business would remain until the end of the First World War. John first traded at 5 New Street in 1851, and then at 42 Don Street as a silversmith, jeweller, optician and watch and clock maker. According to Silver, the definitive work on Jersey jewellers and silversmiths, he was largely a retailer, rather than a manufacturer. We are not certain that he lived at No 41, as well as trading from there, in the early years, but he was listed in the 1891 census.

John Mallett was born around 1825, the son of John Mallett, a watch maker of High Street, Barnstable, Devon, and was listed there with his father in 1841. He was recorded as a watch maker at 5 New Street, St Helier, in 1851, where he lived with his wife Louisa, nee Leaver, born in Dorset in 1824, and a four-month-old daughter, Louisa Hellene, who was born in Jersey. The 1861 Census listed him as a watch maker employing one man and living at 7 Don Street, St Helier with his wife and four children aged from 1 to 8 years, who were also all born in St Helier.

The family had grown by two more children by 1871 when they were living at 41 King Street, St Helier. Both John and his son John Henry (1852- ) were watch makers. His son Walter (1859- ) was also a watch maker. John died by 1891, when his widow Louisa was listed as a jeweller at 41 King Street. Son John with his wife had rejoined his mother as a watch maker. Walter had married and was a watch maker living at 33 Bath Street.

Louisa retired to live with a daughter elsewhere in St Helier by 1901 and was still there aged 87 years in 1911. John Henry continued as a watch maker at the King Street address until 1920.

Rivoli

There is a gap in the records until 1930, when the property was acquired by Taylor, Fleetwood (we do not know what trade they carried on) until the start of the Occupation, when the premises were taken over by PRJ Roberts, who were there for 20 years or more until Rivoli jewellers took over.

Chronology

  • 1834 - P Grigriy, drapers
  • 1851 - Clement Hamon, china and glass dealer
  • 1874-1920 - John Mallet, watchmaker
  • 1930 - Taylor, Fleetwood
  • 1940-1960 - P R J Roberts
  • 1970-2010 - Rivoli jewellers
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