Fitting end to window mystery

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 February 2013

Charles Henry Veal is pictured standing in the doorway of his shop in Ottery St Mary with his son Herbert in 1901.

Charles Henry Veal is pictured standing in the doorway of his shop in Ottery St Mary with his son Herbert in 1901.

Archant

Mystery begins to unravel.

The mystery of the old window sign found inside an internal wall in Honiton is beginning to unravel.

The Midweek Herald was contacted by the great grandson of Charles Henry Veal, Leonard Veal, who was surprised to see his great grandfather’s shop window in the paper.

It is understood that C H Veal Tailors and Outfitters was based in 19 Broad Street, Ottery St Mary, from 1891 to 1911.

“All I know is that he was a tailor that was supposed to have quite a good reputation,” says Mr Veal.

Charles Veal was famed for his breast measure coat system, which was featured in the London Tailor Record of Fashion in 1886. He travelled to London to present the system.

However, it is still a mystery as to how the window sign came to be at High Street shop Bests of Honiton.

The sign for C H Veal Practical Tailor and Outfitter was found when builders were carrying out refurbishment work to the upstairs showroom.

Mr Veal has unearthed old pictures of his great grandfather Charles and grandfather Herbert John Footman Veal, who was also known as Jack, outside the tailors.

He also has a collection of old postcards from the early 1900s, which are addressed to his grandfather and other members of the family.

Mr Veal would be interested in finding out more about his great grandfather and his tailor shop. If anyone has any information or old pictures call reporter Katy Griffin on 01392 888485 or email katy.griffin@archant.co.uk


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