In the 1930s and 1940s there were four bakeries in Walkern: Stockbridge in Froghall Lane opposite what is now the empty site of the Baptist chapel yard; Meads in the High Street in the buldings opposite Posy Palace; Spearmans, also in the High Street; and Kitchener, opposite Clarks garage. The story of these bakeries is very much interlinked.
Thomas Stockbridge, who was born in 1813 in Wrestlingworth, near Sandy, Bedfordshire, married Hannah Kingsley in 1832. Hannah?s father, Thomas, died in 1836, bequeathing his properties in Walkern, including the property opposite what is now Posy Palace, to his wife, Hannah?s mother Elizabeth.
This property is numbered 542 and 543 on the tithe map of 1841, in which Elizabeth Kingsley is listed as the owner but Thomas Stockbridge as the occupier. Elizabeth?s son Samuel (Hannah?s brother) also bequeathed plot 247 (the site of Posy Palace) to Thomas Stockbridge ?upon trust to pay the rents to my said mother for her life?;
Elizabeth lived as a woman of independent means in a cottage opposite what was the Red Lion pub (now Redlyns) until her death in around 1850, at which point the ?Posy Palace? property was sold by Thomas Stockbridge for