Here’s a lovely shot of proud shopkeepers – Mr & Mrs Bagley perhaps – posing by their shop in New Street Brightlingsea at least 100 years or more ago. There’s certainly no parking issues as there’s not a car to be seen, but there’s plenty of manure for the roses!
The Bagley name has long associations with Brightlingsea. There was a Bagley’s bakers in the High Street (now the Brightlingsea Bakery) and an 1848 directory of town residents lists a William Bagley as a farmer and baker. Interestingly, the sign above the shop, which is now a private house, says “Shipping Supplies”– an indication of the how important yachting and fishing then was to the town. Opposite the shop is the old Royal Hotel, built to cater for the owners of the grand yachts that were berthed in the town, so the sign was well placed.
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