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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Photo a day.....25th July

On Sunday morning we had to get out of the house for hours with the dogs to allow our friend who did our floors time to do two coats and for them to dry. We hadn't visited Cowes since we lived here although we used to go often when we came on holiday. One place that we used to check up on was this shop...Jolliffe's. It used to be a Mens' Outfitters, and the shop is a listed building because all the interior features originally built in to allow its use for selling clothing; cabinets, counters etc, are all still there.

We first saw this shop about 7 or 8 years ago. It was empty and up for sale. We really wanted it. We saw it as a shop which my husband could use for his business....Accountant...and we could have a flat over it. We were desperate to move to the Island but it didn't happen then unfortunately.

We were delighted on this visit to find that it did sell in the end. It is now a Chandlery, and they have sensibly taken the name "Jolliffe's" as they have to preserve the front as it is. My photo doesn't do it justice, but it is a delightful building. It has curved windows in the shopfront, wood panelling, cupboards and a beautiful stairway inside, and views from the top floor. Up there are offices for some famous sailors...Ellen McArthur being just one of them.
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At 26/7/07 7:52 am, Blogger mrsnesbitt said...

It is great to see original features being kept & restored, as it is not always the case.


At 26/7/07 5:55 pm, Blogger Matron said...

What a lovely frontage! It reminds me of some of the houses in the fish market district of Bergen!


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