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Robert Sutton, Quorn Family Butcher

This photograph was taken on High Street in Quorn around 1920, and shows Robert and Gerty Sutton standing outside their butcher's shop.

Robert Sutton was born on Freehold Street in Quorn on 14th September 1889. His parents were Robert Sutton (born in Barrow upon Soar) and Eliza (nee Crooks, born in Mountsorrel).

The 1911 census finds Robert, aged 21, living with his parents on Leicester Road, near where The Brinks is in Quorn today. He is recorded as a butcher’s assistant. Two years later, towards the end of 1913, Robert married Gerty Barrs, daughter of Clifton and Elizabeth Barrs of Mountsorrel.

Kelly’s Directory from 1916 shows that Robert and Gerty had opened a butcher’s shop on High Street in Quorn, thought to be where the Charnia Kitchen and Bar is today (2020). They can be found on the Quorn electoral roll for 1920, and Kelly’s Directory records the shop in 1922, but no trace can be found in the village afterwards.

We can next catch up with the couple in 1939, when they are living on Watling Street in Mountorrel with their three children: Gladys born 1918, Ivy born 1920 and Clifton born 1928. Presumably the butcher’s shop didn’t work out, as Robert is recorded as a labourer.

Records indicate that Robert died in 1965 and Gerty died in 1972.


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 Submitted on: 2020-05-06
 Submitted by: Noel Wakeling, John Doyle - additional information from Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 2383
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