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Old Lamb House, Bull Street
 

Old Lamb House
John Suffield's, corner of Bull Street and High Street
The two people in the middle upstairs window are John and Emily Jane Suffield, the grandparents of J.R.R. Tolkien. The Suffield family had had a business in Lamb House since 1812. From 1812 Wiliam Suffield had run a book and stationery shop there; Tolkien's great-grandfather, also John Suffield, was there from 1826 with a drapery and hosiery business.
This photo was taken just before the shop was demolished to make way for Martineau Street, as part of the Council Improvement Scheme. Corporation Street had just been built, and Martineau Street was to link it with High Street and Bull Street. After the shop went John Suffield became a commercial traveller for Jeyes Fluid. He finally died in 1930, aged 97.


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