Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: September 11, 2019
Webpage updated: September 11, 2019




The Plymouth business house of Messrs W J Vickery and Company Limited, drapers and outfitters, was situated at numbers 26 and 27 Bedford Street, 8 Cornwall Street, and 32 Russell Street, Plymouth.

It is understood that the business was actually founded by Mr Walter Vickery, of Burrington, in Somerset.  Walter was the youngest son of Mr Richard Vickery.

However, Walter moved away from Plymouth to Shrewsbury and the business passed to his older brother, Mr William James Vickery (12844-1924), some time before 1891.  He had gained a great deal of experience as a commercial traveller for a large company before arriving in Plymouth.  

The 1891 census shows William and his Exeter-born wife, Eliza, living over the shop with their five children, an assistant and a 17-years-old domestic servant by the name of Miss Emily R Hardy.  The eldest son, Master Albert William Vickery, also assisted his father.

At the time of the 1901 census, he had moved to number 38 Whiteford Road and left his eldest son, Mr Albert William Vickery, in charge at number 26 Bedford Street.

Mr William James Vickery (1844-1924) died at number 11 Polworth Road, Streatham, London, on Saturday April 12th 1924, at the age of 81. 

The business was left in the hands of Mr Albert William Vickery and his younger brother, Mr Walter Carter Vickery, neither of whom lived over the shop in 1911.

Mr Albert William Vickery retired from the business in 1935 and handed it over to his two sons, Mr Stanley Albert Vickery (1901-1986) and Mr Ralph Ernest Vickery (1903-1940).

Messrs E Dingle and Company Limited acquired the business premises in 1936 and amalgamated the two businesses.  Mr Stanley Albert Vickery became a director of Messrs E Dingle and Company Limited.  He died in the Tavistock Registration district in 1986. 

Mr Ralph Ernest Vickery died on August 14th 1940 at the young age of 37 years and was cremated at Efford Crematorium.  His father, Mr Albert William Vickery passed away at Looe, Cornwall, on Saturday April 28th 1951 but was cremated at Efford Crematorium.

Mr Walter Carter Vickery died at his home, Windyridge, Thornhill Way, Plymouth, on Tuesday November 20th 1956 at the age of 74 years.  He was cremated at Efford Crematorium.