Lawrence Sheriff Street - possibly around 1900
This captures everyday life in Lawrence Sheriff Street. The original photograph is a little wider, but the Rugby School side of the road on the right hasn’t changed at all. There’s no date on it, but from the fashions and similar pictures we’ve printed recently I’m guessing it was taken around 1900. The caption says: ‘In the house on the west corner of Sheep Street and Lawrence Sheriff Street, kept by Dr Bloxam, lodged some of the boys of Rugby School before the taking over of boarding houses by Rugby School.’ I’m not sure which one that means, but the two buildings on the left have long been replaced by what was the Merry Minstrel pub and is now the Thai Orchid restaurant. But the next one, which was ‘It’s a Gift’ is still there, albeit with a modernised shop front. The rest of that row remains intact, but the white building with the canopy has changed and Pizza Express is there now. From another picture in a book we have, looking down High Street in 1890, I think the name on the shop at that time begins with ‘ 24 Pepper’. Any ideas?