Shop thrilled at photo from 100 years ago

Wattle and Daub
Wattle and Daub

A COWFOLD shop owner was ‘thrilled’ to see her shop featured on the County Times’ Historic Horsham page.

Jo Harrison, owner of gift shop Wattle and Daub, said she was contacted by many of her customers and friends when the photo of a woman on a cart outside butcher’s JW Coatcher was featured in the paper on December 15.

“I received several phone calls and emails from excited customers who had seen a copy of the same image on my wall next to the shop counter,” she said.

“It is such a talking point to new customers, who love to know the history about the shop and the fact that it was originally a butcher’s.”

The butchers traded for more than 100 years.

The Coatcher family lived in the house next door and ran the shop until the late 1970s, early 80s.

Since then Jo said the shop on The Street had been a florist, clock shop, estate agents, antiques shop and interior designers, but was empty for nearly five years prior to the family buying it in 2008.

After moving in the family took 18 months to restore the home to its former glory, retaining many of the original features in the shop.

“The original marble counter is still in the window, numerous hooks and bars for hanging meat from, and we recently discovered a salting pit underneath our hallway floor,” she said.

“The butcher’s shop also had its own slaughter house on site which is in its original state and a conservation officer described it as a very rare find in Sussex.”

After seeing the photo, Jo contacted Horsham Museum to pass on any additional information she had.

She added: “I recently had a member of the Coatcher family in the shop and she was pretty sure that the lady in charge of the horse and cart was great, great aunt Hilda.”