Harveys Cake Shop Stamford

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Topic Originator: joan
Post Date June 8, 2005 @ 8:17 AM
 Harveys Cake Shop Stamford
 RE: Harveys Cake Shop Stamford
 RE: Harveys Cake Shop Stamford

June 8, 2005 @ 8:17 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

When the second WW finished we were suddenly alerted to the fact that icecream was on sale in the town!  We had not seen icecream before.  We hurried down with containers to Harvey's cake shop (opposite the postoffice on the corner of All Saints).  Harveys had a window on the side of the shop, this was opened up to sell the icecream to us.  We were very excited, although it soon started to melt.

John Freear
August 2, 2006 @ 1:53 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Those premises are haunted!!! I know this from my own personal experience. They belong(or did) to Burghley Estate and when Burghley properties became vacant in the 60s 70s 80s we were called upon to do a measured survey of them (I worked for a local firm of architects)
When the day came, knowing that I had quite a lot of sketching and drawing to do before I needed  someone to hold the other end of a tape for me, I went to do this, leaving the other fellow to follow in half an hour, by which time I would perhaps be ready for him. Well after some time I had in fact nearly finished the preparatory work when I heard the bell on the entrance door ring as it did when the door was opened, there were no floor coverings down so I heard clear footfalls across the floors, up the wooden stairs until they stopped at the top of the stairs within a yard of where I was standing (in the shop./cafe toilet) I remember saying "I shalln't be a moment I am nearly finished". However when I had finished there was no one there! my helper did not come for another 15 minutes at least.
My wife has spoken of this to other of the shop's keepers since and at least one has confirmed the situation.
Kate:  Well, how scarey John.  Wonder if the history of the place gives any clue as to who the mystery caller was?  Obviously a friendly presence come to check out what you were doing.  Suppose this was a house orginally.  Does anyone out there know the history of Harvey's Cake shop?

Jean M Harvey
February 3, 2008 @ 10:51 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Hello Kate

     I was born in Harveys Cake Shop in 1940, & can confirm it was certainly haunted! My mother told me that a     Lady in a crinoline dress walked through the upstairs rooms at night. When she departed she was seen walking {or     should I say gliding} across the road, eventually disappearing into the churchyard of All Saints.

     My grandfather who was the proprietor of the shop at the time confirmed her presence, & said she often walked by him in the early hours     of the morning whilst he was baking. He was not a man to fabricate such things, & to this day I believe there was truly a     spectre on the loose!

     Jean M Harvey

Kate:  How interesting Jean!  Thanks for that and confirming John's posting.  My memories of the Cake Shop are of  calling in there for a "bun" on the way to or from school - sometimes it was a currant one, or even an iced bun.  We would then tear the bun in bits and share it with a "best friend".  It may seem a bit steady  speaking of it now but life was fun when Harvey's Cake Shop was waiting for us with its rows of cakes and buns.
We didn't know about the spectre - but hope others will post their memories of Harveys to the site.  
I wonder if we can establish who lived in the house before it became a shop?  I will see if there is anything on this at Stamford Museum.
Thanks again. K
The shop was called Higgs before it became Harveys.  The building was completed in the 16th or 17th century.  Stamford Museum have one or two early photographs of the shop front.