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12 Freehold Street, Quorn Shop and Off-Licence

The first of these photographs was taken before 1910 and shows Joseph Birkin standing outside 12 Freehold Street, which was a shop and off-licence. Although Joseph worked as a fitter (in a hosiery factory), the family pulled together and ran the shop.

Joseph and his wife Sarah had seven children. The four here are thought to be Joseph Frank Brookes Birkin (known as Frank), Sarah Gladys Birkin (known as Gladys), George Robert Birkin and Phyllis Jane Birkin. Frank Birkin was killed in WW1 and if you compare this picture with the one of Frank in Artefact 2335, they look remarkably similar, especially around the mouth. However, if it was Frank, that would mean there was a nine year gap between the eldest boy on the photograph and his sister Gladys, so it is therefore possible that the boy is William Frederick, who was three years younger than Frank.

The lower photograph may be a little later. In 1928 Joseph and Sarah moved to 1 Victoria Street and William took over the shop with his new wife Dorothy (nee Kidger who used to live next door at no 10). Gladys Birkin married Reginald Clarke in 1929 and they took over the shop in 1938/39.

Today the property is no longer a shop.

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 Submitted on: 2020-05-09
 Submitted by: Photograph from Richard Thompson, research Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 2387
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