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Shelvey's Bakery in Broadstairs.
Pictures and text kindly provided by Deb Cross.

James Shelvey was born in 1830 in Eastry, Kent, England.  He was the son of Richard Shelvey (1796-1849) and Sarah Keel (1803-1835).  James married Charlotte Terry in 1852 and they had 3 children.  Charlotte died in 1866 and James married his 2nd wife Jane Jarvis in 1867 and had 7 more children.  James Shelvey was a Baker by trade.  On the 1861 census he is listed as being a Journeyman Baker, on the 1871 Census he was living at 1 Albion street and listed as a Baker and on the 1881 census his occupation is Pastry Cook and Confectioner at 1 Albion Street.  It looks like James and his family lived above the bakery when the 1871 and 1881 Census were done.  James died in 1890 and he left the bakery to his son William James Shelvey who was also a baker by trade. We know that William James Shelvey worked with his father in the bakery at 1 Albion Street since he was listed as a baker on the 1871 census at that address.  By 1900, the business had changed hands & Wilfred Hemstead ran the bakery. See the photos below taken circa 1905, Hemsteads is the shop where it says Tea Rooms through the Shop. The shop became the Viking Restaurant after the second war, & was converted to an Indian Restaurant two years ago. The name Hemsteads is still in place in the mosaic tiles on the front step. 

Circa 1905
Circa 2006

Postcard of High Street & Albion Street, Broadstairs, Kent. 1905.

Photo of High Street & Albion Street, Broadstairs, Kent. July 2006, now the Tamarind Restuarant.


The Mystery Bakery

Does anyone know anything about the bakery shown below? We do not believe this is the same bakery as the one discussed above.

Above picture kindly provided by Martin John Shelvey.

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