Old Photos of Witham

Flagon of Francis Drake, wine and spirit merchant. Side view

Taken: 1990, Ref: M1060

Flagon c.12 inches high, taken from the side, inscribed ‘Francis Drake, wine and spirit merchant, Witham’, belonging to Pam Robinson, 23 Ebenezer Close. Side view. Francis Drake came from Suffolk to Witham in about 1874 as a grocer and provision merchant. In about 1890 he started to add ‘wine and spirit merchant’ to his description. The shop was then at what later became 74-76 Newland Street. The name and business continued till the late 1930s or afterwards at 66 Newland Street, with a Mr Drake and his two sisters, presumably the first Francis’s children. See Francis Drake in the people files.

RefM1060
Date taken1990
SourceTaylor, Cyril
Posted on Full size 1551 × 2347

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