On part of the site of King James I's Palace. www.newmarketshops.info has detailed history of that era. |
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A lot of Newmarket history went when the remains of the palace were demolished and this building and the adjacent Toy Store were built in the 1830s.|
During WW2 the premises were used for a wartime operations centre. After the war,they were purchased by the Marlborough Club, whose premises on the High Street were destroyed by bombing on 18th February 1941. In 2012 Marlborough Club Ltd was incorporated and trades as King's Restaurant and in 2016 planning permission was grant to convert much of the building into up to 26 letting bedrooms.
Up to 1941 the Marlborough Club was on the upper floor of Freeman, Hardy & Willis, on the High Street corner of Market Street. On Tuesday 18th February 1941 it received the first of a stick of 10 bombs dropped along the High Street by a Luftwaffe bomber. Louisa Waters, the wife of the steward was killed, also William Doig and Richard Jennngs. William Whelan working in Hepworths, the next door shop was also killed by the same bomb.
The Club was entered by a doorway in Market Street, and was there at least as early as 1911 since Thomas Waters is given in the census as the steward there. Still researching where the Club moved to then and when it settled at Kingston House
|1911||Thomas Waters (steward)||census|
|1939||Thomas Waters (steward)||1939 register|
|1941||Thomas Waters (steward)|
|1941 -||records not found|
Marlborough Club 18th February 1941
then and now
Marlborough Club about 2006