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Hibbs & Sons, Handcross
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Hibbs & Sons, Handcross

Dorset House, in the centre of this picture, is home to Hibbs & Sons which, according to the sign between the first floor windows, offers “Dressmaking, Millinery, Mantle, Boot & Shoe, Warehouse”. Research tells me that a mantle was a loose-fitting, outer garment for women, somewhat similar to a cape. A small sign informs us that they are agents for Pullars Dyeworks of Perth, Britain’s first dry cleaner. I presume that the business carried on between the two buildings was also operated by the Hibbs family. The sign says “Corn Flour, Hay, Straw, and Meal Stores”. The sign underneath says “Agents for Spratts. Dog, Poultry, Game, and Bird Foods.” A ladder is available to access the upstairs door; hardly likely to please today’s health and safety inspectorate.
The cottages on the right were demolished to make way for the present newsagents shop as can be seen in picture #353. The whole comprised a terraced row of four cottages, similar in style to Batchelors Buildings, and I am assuming that the more southerly pair were demolished to build the newsagents shop, and the other two were converted to a shop occupied initially by Mr A. Quick.
The Large Version shows a close-up of the horse and cart being chased by six excitable boys, one of whom has climbed on the cart and triumphantly holds his hands aloft.

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Picture added on 19 July 2012 at 19:19
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Roads - Handcross - High Street (North)
Two sisters, one of whom was, according to my parents, a rather timid lady, Miss Hibbs, ran the haberdashery section.
My mother named our equally timid Siamese kitten, "Hibby" after her, which fact, as a five year old kid, I excitedly relayed to said Miss Hibbs, only to be pulled hurriedly out of the store by my very embarrassed mother.

Added by Angus Hardern on 02 June 2013
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