Last Friday I featured a present day image of a shop on Market Street. Well, as you can we’ve gone back in time this week (courtesy of Syd Bird) and can see the very same shop. I haven’t got a date for this photo but it looks rather old to me.
Back in around 1899 the shop was called William Groom’s Boot Emporium where K Boots were a speciality. However I think the shop above was called something along the lines of Cumpsty Milliner (so dating this photo either earlier or later than 1899) and the store was a haberdasher, hosier and outfitter …as well as a shoe and bootmaker! That’s according this old Hoylake directory I have a copy of. It appears that the Cumpsty family had the shops at numbers 22 & 24 too:
- Isaac Cumpsty was a builder
- George Henry Cumptsy was a clothier
- Isaac G Cumpsty was a bootmaker
- William John Cumpsty was a solicitor
At this time, next door at number 26 was William Ingham who was a Furnishing Ironmonger, who also specialised in cycles and china!