Ashby Civic Society's building of the month has seen a variety of trades since the 1700s

By Ashby Nub News Reporter

28th May 2024 | Local History

108 Market Street in Ashby. Photo: Instantstreetview.com
108 Market Street in Ashby. Photo: Instantstreetview.com

Ashby Civic Society has chosen 108 Market Street Building of the Month as its Building of the Month - which dates back to the 18th century.

The Society has picked this particular building as it has a rich history and is of great interest.

The Civic Society website says it was probably built in the mid to late 1700s by Mr Perks (a lawyer), who won a lot of money and then subsequently rented the property to Samuel Webster in 1796.

Samuel was a solicitor and a freemason member of the Tyrian Lodge, Derby - he is buried in St Helen's Church graveyard.

Over the years the building has been used for different and interesting businesses including by artist William Hunter, Cabinet Maker Robert Orchard, Jeweller Charles Orchard and Solicitors Dewes and Musson.

Older residents will remember Miss Robinsons and their Hat/Fancy Drapers shop.

They continued their Business - which was registered in 1936 - until well into their 80s.

In the early 1990s, the property was sympathetically converted back to a striking 'sash fronted and bow-windowed brick tiled three-storey residence' and attained an Ashby Civic Society Design Award in 1995.

     

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