Ancient High House, Stafford

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Date:1900 - 1906 (c.)

Description:View of the Ancient High House on Greengate Street, built by Richard Dorrington in 1595. King Charles I stayed here in September 1642, whilst on a recruiting drive during the Civil War. His nephew, Prince Rupert, was said to have taken shots at the weather-cock on St. Mary's tower from the garden of the house. In 1826 the building was bought by John Marson, who converted the lower floor into shops. His son, William Albert, eventually took over his father's grocery business, and the business's van can be seen in this image. In 1885 he added new shop fronts, establishing himself as a high class family grocer and Italian warehouseman. The building is now owned by the Borough Council and opened to the public as a heritage and exhibition centre in 1987.

A 'Wrench' series postcard published by Evelyn Wrench, London. Postmarked 27 November 1909.