Lot 96a Junction of Farm Lane
Lot 96a, a grocer’s shop and attached dwelling house, located at the junction of Farm Lane, now Duck Street, was purchased by the sitting tenant Mr Thomas Glyde, aged 83, for the reserve price of 325.00d.
Thomas Glyde was the last surviving member of a family of grocers, who had been operating their business from these premises from at least 1841, when his father William, born in 1807, is listed as a grocer residing at Farm Lane along with his wife, Ann (nee Eares) born in 1806, and their three eldest children Jonathan, born 1832, Thomas 1835 and Mary 1838. In the 1851 census three more children are listed, Susan born 1841, George 1843, died 1858, and Robert 1849.
Ann Glyde passed away in 1860 and William in 1874. Their eldest daughter Mary died in 1873. In 1876 her sister, Susan, married Allan Benjafield, an auctioneer, born at Grove Farm, Stalbridge.
By 1871 the eldest son Jonathan had taken over control of the business. Jonathan passed away in 1889 with Thomas then taking control.
The youngest son, Robert, left the family business prior to 1881 when he is listed as a boarder living at St Mary’s Islington. In 1901 he married Elizabeth (nee Martin) and in the census of that year they are listed as residing at Pokesdown St John, Bournemouth. Robert passed away in 1907.
In 1911, Thomas is listed as living in retirement with his sister Susan, and brother in law, Allan Benjafield, at Henstridge. Thomas passed away at Henstridge in 1921 aged 85 and his sister Susan in 1932 aged 90.
Phil Knott 2021