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The History of the Coddenham Community Shop

by | Apr 29, 2022 | Coddenham Village History Club, History Club News

The Coddenham shop and adjacent properties when purchased by Stephen Twiddy

The Coddenham History Club have collated a history of the Coddenham Community Shop.

A fascinating insight into the long, rich history of this community asset and more recently, founding Coddenham Community Response Group member.

A PDF of the article can be downloaded here


  1. Janet Hunt

    I am researching my family in Coddenham, they had a grocers shop about 1841 and 51, their names were George Gibbons and Lucy (Nee Acfield), when George died his daughter Caroline ran the shop with her Aunt Ann Maria Acfield, My Grt Grt Grandmother was a Gibbons and married Robert Lockwood. I know Robert’s father William a carpenter died in Coddenham. where would that grocer shop have been
    Janet Hunt ( nee Lockwood)

    • Sylvia Bickers

      Hi Jane,
      Hope the following is of some help.
      George Gibbons married Lucy Acfield in 1814
      1841 Census he was a shopkeeper. They had a daughter Mary aged 15
      Not certain, but the shop appears to have been on the R/H side of the High Street, higher up than the butcher but before Love Lane.
      George died 1851 aged 58 years. Lucy died 1849 aged 59 years
      1851 Census – Caroline Gibbons aged 31 was a grocer and Ann Maria Ackfield, her aunt aged 59, was a grocer’s assistant.

      Robert Lockwood was married to Mary Ann Gibbons in 1846. He was a carpenter and son of William.
      1851 Census, Robert aged 27 was a jouneyman carpenter born at Creeting All Saints. His wife Mary was aged 25 and born in Coddenham. Children: Caroline aged 5, William aged 3, Henry aged 1.
      Visitors: William Beales aged 36 a plasterer, born Highgate Middx & Phillip Dunkett aged also a plasterer, born Berks. (Interesting that this is the time when Shrubland Hall was being built and the population of the village became very high during those years with men who came from far and wide to be employed during the building of the Hall)
      Roberts father William died 1846 aged 53, buried Coddenham
      Mary Lockwood (was this his wife?) died 1849 aged 57, buried Coddenham. They are not on the1841 Census, maybe they came from Creeting All Saints where Robert was born.
      Hope this may have answered some of your questions.
      Coddenham Village History Club

      • Janet Hunt

        Hi Sylvia, Mary Ann was my Grt Grt Grandmother, one of her brothers had a drapers shop in Blackheath London, the shop is still there but Holland & Barret now. William Lockwood was married to Kezia who died in Stoke Newington London, about1862. When Robert his son, Mary Ann’s husband, came to Bermondsey London, he built houses, they named a road after him in about 1868, it is now Lockwood Square, his brothers were builders one moving to Middlesbrough. His son Henry was also a carpenter and did a lot of the repairs to Southwark Cathedral.
        Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my query, I know another distant relative married a Fox, ( not literally) and had a pub in Coddenham.
        Thank you once again
        Kind regards Janet


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