C Tombling’s butchers shop in Hotspur Street, Tynemouth, is shown in April 1928, but owner Charles Tombling died on December 1, 1920.
The door on the other side of the bike is labelled ‘Licensed Slaughter House’, so the meat would be very fresh and especially good when served with HP Sauce, as recommended by the huge advertising hoarding on the end of the tiny one-storey building.
Charles Wingrave Tombling was born in 1869, son of Robert Tombling, gardener from the Old Mill House in Tynemouth, and Jane Huntley, from Benwell.
It appears that Charles never married and the butchery was taken on by his brothers, James and John Huntley, who later opened a shop in Front Street, Tynemouth.
Charles’ older brother Forster was born in 1862 and sister Ruth in 1867, and younger sisters Jane (Jennie) and Mary are listed on later census returns.
His oldest brother Luke, born in 1859 and christened at Christ Church, was presumably named for his grandfather Luke Tombling, listed in the 1851 Census as blind, the Tollgate Keeper at Preston.
Family search website shows the christenings of Robert Tombling senior’s daughter Lucia in 1764 and his son Luke in 1768 at RC Church in Capheaton, Northumberland.
Luke and Lucia’s mother Ruth died in 1849.
Tombling’s shop is tucked in on a corner of the cobbled lanes between Middle Street and Front Street behind T Robson’s barber shop and the yard of J Richardson, Builder & Contractor, who lived at 5 Rosedale Terrace in North Shields.
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