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In May 2011 Brian Ham kindly contacted the Virtual Museum regarding some interesting discoveries whilst doing some renovation work at 105 High Street.

Behind a chimney breast he found three small folded documents (shown in the Photo Gallery):

A bill for Mr Joyce from Usher & Cole, 1866:

London, Oct 24th 1866
Mr Joyce, On Appro

Usher & Cole, Chronometer and Watch Manufacturers, 45 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, EC

12245 4 Hole Hunter over spring £4 10s 0d
12253 2 Hole Hunter under spring £4 10s 0d
11450 Vecy open face £2 10s 0d

Appointment Note from Martin & Bishop, 1866:

London Nov 9th 1866, 20 Bunhill Row

Martin & Bishop, Watch Manufacturers, respectfully beg to inform you they intend Mr Bishop to have the pleasure of waiting upon you on or about the 12th Inst when your favours will be highly esteemed, and receive their best attention.

To Mr C Joyce

(Reverse not yet deciphered, possibly
Glass rings
Bottle Verge

(Martin & Bishop were Watch Manufacturers at 20 Bunhill Row, Moorgate, London during the 1860s.

Printed bag from Daniel Allen, Grocers at 16 High Street in the 1860s and 1870s:

D. Allen

Tea, Grocery, Cheese, Butter and Bacon Factor

High Street

Dealer in Foreign and British Wines

Photo Gallery:

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- Bill from Usher & Cole, Oct 1866

- Bill from Usher & Cole, Oct 1866

- Bag from D. Allen, Grocers, High Street, c1866


We are unsure at present who the "Mr Joyce" was. There was a William Joyce running possibly Hungerford's earliest cycle shop at 20 Church Street, (see Cycle Shops). In the 1877 Kelly Directory he is listed as a smith, but by 1891 he is "smith and machinist; sole agent for Rover cycles and others; to let or hire; official repairer to the CTC, Church Street". However, it is not likely that this Mr Joyce was anything to do with these documents relating to clocks.

There is no current record of a Mr Joyce residing at 105 High Street. However, in 1851 the census shows Ambrose Woodham (42), a clockmaker there, as well as William Moody (65), a boot and shoe maker. Follow this link for more on the Woodham family - very important clock and watchmakers in Hungerford

In 1861 the Commonsers' List shows William Moody to be the owner, and himself and Ambrose Woodham occupants.

In 1873, 105 High Street was sold by Child and Brown to Mr Perry.

See also:

- 16 High Street

- 105-106 High Street

- Cycle Shops