The fishmonger's shop in Marchmont street was owned and run by Samuel Gordon
from around 1881, but both the business and the shop both bore his name until at
least 1995. However advertisements list the shop as being established in 1803,
well before Samuel Gordon became involved (and many years before his birth).
Long before Samuel Gordon took over, the shop was run as a partnership
between a Robert Morgan (born in 1803 to a Samuel Morgan) and Robert Kenneth.
The blank receipt below shows the shop being owned by a Susannah Morgan (I
presume Robert's widow?), but the original partnership of "Kenneth & Morgan" is
still visible on the upper sign.
Marchmont Street in 1977
Receipt heading for Morgan's
The following details come from David Morgan, descendant of Samuel, as did
the 1977 photograph and receipt above.
There is a series of letters from 1854 from Robert Morgan(1803) and Susannah
(nee Yolland) to their son, Robert Morgan(1830) who migrated to Australia. They
are all written from 36 Marchmont Street up to around 1870. A visit to the
Greater London Council in 1977 showed that here have been several re-numberings
over the years; #36 in 1854 was the north-east corner of Tavistock Place (now
with Cartwright Gardens not Marchmont Street according to Google maps).
Robert(1803) was at Edgeware in the 1841 census, but Marchmont Street in 1851.
Their youngest child was born at Edgeware in 1846.
Business directories show Kenneth from 1830 to 1848, Kenneth & Morgan from 1849
to 1851, then Robert MORGAN from 1856 to 1861, then Susannah Morgan till1871
with assistance principally from children Thomas and Ellen. The Kenneths were
Robert and Sarah Elizabeth nee Yolland, sister of Susannah. The letters give no
reason why the partnership broke up. Robert Kenneth moved to 17 Great Coram
St, Finsbury by the 1851 census as a "proprietor of coal and iron mines and
houses". In 1872 it is Mordin and Larkin, fishmongers.
Robert died in 1864, and Susannah in 1879, at the home of her eldest daughter
Elizabeth Tossell, not Marchmont St. Thomas died in 1882, of the Broadway,
Among the letters was a receipt of unknown date, apparently during Susannah's
time, though the sign still shows Kenneth and Morgan, attached to this email.
In 1977 we visited London and found the fish shop, and took the second attached
picture, where the business name was still Samuel Gordon. This was still the
case in 1995, when we visited with our children, but opening hours were
limited. In 1975 we spoke to the proprietor, who produced a parchment giving
permission from the Guild
to operate a fishmonger on the site. We did not record the name of the
original owner! On the back, the permission had been signed over to Robert
Kenneth, showing that it was the same business. The building was rebuilt around
1900. There are documents in the London Metropolitan Archives on A2A about
this, showing ownership as Mrs J Gordon.
Modern directories show that it is no longer a fish shop, but I have no idea
what happened to the parchment.
Fishmongers in 1995 - the opening hours were now