A Merry Christmas to you all.
Jack, welcome back, looking in the British Phone Books I see it was a C
STEAR who is shown as the subscriber for the Quay Cafe & Bakery in
Kingsbridge from 1927 onwards.
In 1923 Kelly's Directory for Kingsbridge but nothing more modern, and the
Steer's in it are:
STEAR George Frederick & Son, Saddlers, Duke Street
STEER John Henry, Bicycle Agent, Mill Street
STEER Philip, Dairyman, 79 & 81 Fore Street
So the cafe and bakery started between 1924 and 1927.
The Devon & Exeter Gazette August 13, 1937, Inquests, report that 'A similar
verdict that the deceased was overcome by his illness and was in a state of
depression, was returned in the case of Charles Nicholas Stear, 64, of the
Quay Cafe etc. Then mentions wife not named and son Victor Roy Stear.
In 1950 there is an article in the Morning News about the extra taxes on
petrol and commercial vehicles titled Bakers deliver at financial sacrifice.
Hardest hit was Mrs C Stear of the Quay Cafe Bakery, Kingsbridge, who said
that her husband seriously considered cutting out some of his bread delivery
Neither Charles Nicholas or Charles two sons (Victor or Ralph - 1911) was
married to a female named C, so I assume that the originally the C applied
to Charles Nicholas and the Mrs C in 1950 applies to the wife of a another
as yet unknown child of Charles Nicholas or a Grandchild's wife.
I see that it probably still exists as 'The Old Bakery Cafe and Restaurant'.
No connection to my family!
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:49:47 -0000
From: "Jack Steer" <
Subject: Re: [STEER] Steer Family History
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Just a quick note to wish all the Steer cousins Happy Christmas and a
And with the news that I have just bought a postcard of the Square in
Kingsbridge from about 1950 with Stear's cafe stage right. I