The history of ownership and occupation of the properties at the southern end of the east side of High Street (modern numbers 66-93) is very speculative.
Records are sketchy, and confusing. This page is the current "best attempt" to clarify the history of these properties, but much further work still needs to be done. It is possible that the historic boundaries do not match the modern ones.
Earliest information: 1738
Original estate: Hungerford
Common Rights? Yes (for 89a HS; frontage 26ft; 2 horses or 4 cows)
Date of current building:
Siney (1738) -> Jackson (1745) -> Robert Miller (victualler, 1774) -> Hannah Sheppard (1795) -> Thomas Miller (farm labourer, 1832) -> Fred Macklin (horses and traps for hire, 1896) -> Con Wilkins (furniture, 1920) -> John Morley (1947) -> Frank Fisher (shoeshop, 1970).
Description of property:
- 89 High Street, Feb 2007
- Macklin's Dairy, 89 High Street, c1905. Mr Frederick Macklin is seen here sitting in his wagonette outside his dairy. The driver is his son Alfred Macklin. On the driver's seat support is the Hungerford crest and the name 'Eclipse'. Mr Macklin used to lead the cows from the Common down Cow Lane (Park Street) and up the High Street to the dairy for milking.
- Fred Macklin outside 89 High Street ?c1910. Attached to the picture frame is a postcard saying "F Macklin, Job & Post Master, High Street". (Kindly sent by Andrew Macey)
Notes in Norman Hidden's files suggest The Clowdes family were associated with this property:
1570 (NH) Nicholas Clowse married Sibball Maine. Buried 1588
1573 (NH) Nicholas Clowghe – 1 tenement, garden, backside. q.r. 4d.
1589 (NH) Nicholas Clowse married Joane Pearce of Combe
1591 (NH) Nicholas Clowghe – tenement, garden, backside, rent 10s. q.r. 4d.
1594 (NH) Burial Nicholas Clowes the weaver
1609 (NH) Survey: Widow Clowes q.r. 4d. (Joan?) Clowes 1 tenement, backside, parcel of Chantry Close (of 3 adjacent tenements), q.r. 4d.
1662 D/S will of Gilbert Clowdes (birthdate unknown) nuncupative: "to wife Jane Clowdes my tenement in the backside during her life and let her take what she will of my goods, and the rest of my children"
Inventory: Hall, lodging chamber, loft over hall, lease and estate in his dwelling house.
1676 (QRR) widow Clowes on east side q.r. 4d.
1686 Burial: Widow Clowdes. This widow (Jane) was Gilbert Clowdes second wife; his first wife Alice (nee Alder, married 1621) died 1648/9. No record of his second marriage.
1738 (NH) Will of John Siney (D.S.1740) dated 14 Sep 1738: [John Siney, thatcher, was buried 7 Feb 1739/40] In his will he gives 3 months' notice to his son-in-law [Richard Challis married Elizabeth Siney 1728] to quit his [John Siney's] "now dwelling house" and then bequeathed "all my freehold or dwelling house, backside, garden and all rights thereto belonging, in Hungerford" and all his household goods to be divided into 6 parts. One part was thus to be divided between the 3 children of his sone John Siney, late diceased, the other 5 parts were to be divided between his five surviving children – William Siney, Sarah wife of James Hill (?Field), Mary Parker widow, Elizabeth wife of Richard Challis, and Martha wife of Nicholas Fielder. [Martha married Henry Povie 1724; Martha Povey married Nicholas Fielder 1731]. [John Siney's wife Sarah nee Sayer married 1683 died Jan 1731/2] [mentioned as "cousin" in will of John Hamblen 1730].
1745 (NH) Feet of Fines Berks 18 Geo II Hilary term [=1745] (CP 25 1096) between (1) Henry Jackson gent plaintiff and (2) William Siney and Susanna his wife; James Field and Sara his wife; Richard Challis and Elizabeth his wife; Nicholas Fielder; James Siney; Mary Parker, widow; and Sarah Siney spinster, defendants. [William Siney born 1696, son of John Siney; Sara Siney, daughter of John Siney born 1686/7 married James Field 1712; Elizabeth Siney born 1701 married Ricahrd Challis 1728; Mary born Mar 1690/1, married ..?.. Parker; Martha Siney born 1703/4 married (1) Henry Povey 1724; Martha Povey married Nicholas Fielder 1731. The remainder have not been traced in Hungerford.] Presumably James and Sarah spinster are children of William?? The feet of fine Jackson v. Siney transferred from William Siney and others of his family to Henry Jackson gent – 1 messuage, 1 barn, 1 stable, 1 garden, 1 orchard and common of pasture in Hungerford. This would seem to be the house which adjoined that of Robert Rosier (q.v. – now 90-93 HS?) on the south side of the latter.
1745 (NH) Will of Henry Jackson: Henry Jackson the elder DCW will 1745 of Hungerford, peddlar and chapman. Bequeathed to Jane his widow liberty to live in his now dwelling house in Hungerford with backside and garden so long as she keep herself single and from keeping company with her former husband John Beech. Also his stock in trade for educating and bringing up of his son Henry and his daughter Susanna. ..to his son Henry all his dwelling house, backside, commons etc.
Executor brother-in-law Robert Ross of Theale, guardian of his son Henry.
Robert Ross refuses executorship, which then passes to Jane Jackson, Robert Paty of Hungerford, schoolmaster, and Jacob Dawkins of Salisbury, cooper.
Inventory of stock in trade and of rooms.
No burial record. No manor record. No record of children's baptisms (see Theale parish registers).
1753-61 (QR) Henry Jackson for his house, q.r. 4d.
1774-90 (QR) Robert Miller amended to Mrs Sheppard for house late Jackson, q.r. 4d. [The name Mrs (?) Shepparde was inserted presumably following the death of Robert Miller in Jan 1776]. Robert Miller was a victualler who owned a house in Church Croft which was occupied by his son William Miller who kept a school there. He also possessed other property in the High Street "messuage, tenement and garden". He made his will (D.85) July 1772, died Jan 1776, and the will was probated 1788. The premises in the High Street were said to be " now in the tenure of Jane Popejoy". At the same time he leaves to his wife Ann "all messuage, lands, which I shall die possessed". His wife Ann died in March 1782.
1788 (NH) Jane Popjoy (died October 1791).
1795-1804 (QR) Hannah Sheppard, for the house "late Robert Miller's" q.r. 4d.
1805-17 (QR) Hannah Sheppard, for house late Robert Miller, q.r. 4d.
1818-23 (QR) Hannah Miller, for house late Robert Miller, q.r. 4d. [Hannah Miller, in fact, died 18??. In the DCW will dated 2nd May 1812 she is described as Hannah Miller of Sanham Green, widow, and she leaves "all my messuage and garden on the east side of the High Street, Hungerford, to my son Thomas". She names her sons and daughters as Thomas, John, George, Betty, Molly, Sarah and Ann. Probate was granted 1835.]
1819 (EA) H. Miller
1832 (QR) Thomas Miller for a house late Hannah Miller's, q.r. 4d.
1836 (QR) Thomas Miller for a house late Hannah Miller's, q.r. 4d.
1847 (CL) Thomas Miller (own & occ)
1851 (CS) Thomas Miller (60), farm labourer.
1861 (CS) Elijah Angel
<1888 Thomas Hurd. See Lease of 89 High Street, 5 Jul 1888 (Memorandum of Agreement between Thomas Hurd of Hungerford, shopkeeper (the landlord), and James Macklin and Frederick Macklin, both of Little Bedwyn, farmers (the tenants)). The landlord agrees to let the messuage, dwelling house, shop, stabling, outbuildings,garden and premises, ... now in the occupation of the Landlord, for three years from 11 Oct 1888, for £25 a year, payable quarterly. ... and if the tenants wish to puchase the property, they may for £500". Frederick Macklin was born in 1886,
1896 (CL) Trustees of Thomas Hurd (own); Frederick Macklin (occ)
1902 (T&M Register) Heir of Thomas Hurd (owner until ?1926)
1903 (T&M Register) Frederick Macklin (occupier until ?1926).
1914 (CL) Frederick Macklin ["Horses and traps let out on hire"]
Unknown date c1926, Frederick & Annie Macklin moved to 99-102 High Street. He died 14 Aug 1941 (see Photo Gallery showing gravestone)
1926 "Con" Wilkins, furniture
Undated ?1927 (T&M Register) Charles James Wilkins (owner until ?1943)
1927 (T&M Register) Charles James Wilkins (occupier until ?1943)
1932 (QR) Mr Wilkins "House formerly Robert Millers afterwards T. Millers"
1939 (Blacket's) C.J. Wilkins, oil and colour merchant
Undated ?1944 John Morley (owner until ?1968)
1944 (T&M Register) John Morley (occupier until ?1968)
1947-1968 (CL) John Morley
1959 The Church Diary includes an advert for J Morley & Sons, repairs a speciality, builders & decorators, 89 High Street.
1969 (T&M Register) Frank Sidney Fisher & Hilde Fisher (owners)
1970 (CL) Frank Sidney Fisher
1976 (CL) Frank Sidney Fisher – Shoes and Hairdressing
1978 Fisher's Shoes
- Marie - hairdressing
1983 (CL) Frank Sidney Fisher – Shoes and Hairdressing
1984 (CL) Frank Sydney Fisher
1985 (CL) Frank Sydney Fisher
1990 Fisher's Shoes
1990 Marie Hairdressers (Mrs Hilde Fisher) closed.
in 1993 (S) Fisher's Shoes (Frank Fisher died ?1997)
- (N) Autoparts
2000 (CL "89a" Void
2005 (CL) Void
2011 (CL) Void
2016 (CL) "89a" Void
From Norman Hidden's papers:
In the 1774 rent roll the property is described as now belonging to Robert Miller "late Jackson's" quit rent 4d., and the name Mrs (?) Shepparde inserted, presumably following the death of Robert Miller in Jan 1776.
In 1795 the quit rent roll enters Hannah Sheppard, q.r. 4d, for the house "late Robert Milller's".
Robert Miller was a victualler who owned a house in Church Croft which was occupied by his son William Miller who kept a school there. He also possessed other property in the High Street "messuage, tenement and garden". He made his will (D.85) July 1772, died Jan 1776, and the will was probated 1788. The premises in the High Street were said to be "now in the tenure of Jane Popejoy". At the same time he leaves to his wife Ann "all messuage, lands, which I shall die possessed".
His wife Ann died in March 1782. Jane Popjoy died October 1791. This may explain why her name does not appear on the 1796 quit rent roll.
In 1795 the name Hannah Sheppard appears as the quit rent payer for the house late Robert Miller's. In 1805 and again in 1818 the quit rent payer is said to be Hannah Miller for the house late Miller's.
In 1832 and 1836 the quit rent rolls record the payer as Thomas Miller for the property late Hannah Miller's.
Hannah Miller, in fact, died 1811. In the DCW will dated 2nd May 1812 she is decribed as Hannah Miller of Sanham Green, widow, and she leaves "all my messuage and garden on the east side of the High Street, Hungerford, to my son Thomas". She names her sons and daughters as Thomas, John, George, Betty, Molly, Sarah and Ann. Probate was granted 1835.