Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Mystery of historic Ottery shop sign

The shop window sign which was dsicovered in an internal wall when refurbishment work was being carried out.

The shop window sign which was dsicovered in an internal wall when refurbishment work was being carried out.

Archant

Can you help unravel the mystery of how an historic Ottery shop sign ended trapped behind a wall in another town?

The notice for C H Veal Practical Tailor and Outfitter was found in high street shop Bests of Honiton when builders were carrying out refurbishment work to the upstairs showroom last month.

It had to be removed from the inside of an internal wall.

“It is too old to just throw away,” says the shop’s owner, Pauline Curry.

“It would be nice to know where it came from.”

Mrs Curry said she would like to see the window re-united with the Veal family, and uncover the mystery behind how the sign ended up trapped behind an upstairs wall.

Margaret Lewis, the archivist and curator of Allhallows Museum, Honiton, has discovered from records the shop was open in Ottery from 1891 to 1911, but has been unable to discover anything else about it.

Anyone with information is urged to call Herald reporter Alain Tolhurst on 01392 888503 or email alain.tolhurst@archant.co.uk.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

57 minutes ago

Rugby club photos from 1977 annual dinner found in the Sidmouth Herald’s picture archive.

Read more

The television and radio broadcaster posed for a selfie with the 92-year-old from Tipton St John.

Read more

Inspectors say school’s hard work is paying off to be rated across the board.

The school previously required improvement in its last report two years ago.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:36

The Ottery drama group is raising money for Hospiscare during its five night run. Tickets are still on sale.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:51

Some great pictures of the Sidmouth Rugby Club teams from 1977.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:11

Devon and Cornwall police are appealing for information after a spate of distraction burglaries.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:54

Final recommendations on how many councillors should be each ward could see some areas left with one representative and others with five.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:53

“Parents don’t really understand the severity of our situation – the education of their children is being detrimentally affected.”

Read more
Mon, 18:55

The club awarded prizes following its annual primary school garden competition.

Read more
Mon, 18:03

The Friends of Sidholme Music Room has raised £30,000 to have the largest chandelier in the music room professionally restored to its former glory.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications