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GALLERY 7 - THE OLD GATEHOUSE SHOP

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Founded in 1993, for many years the Gatehouse Shop and Visitor Centre, located in the Outer Gatehouse, was run by William Dawson, the driving force behind the construction of the Knot Garden.  After his retirement and his move out of the area, the Shop was run by Sarah and Dennis Brophy, who took over on 1 May 2000.   Following their retirement from the Shop's management in 2002, it was run for by volunteers.  However, on 16 March 2003 commercial pressures forced the closure of the Shop and it is was used as a Charity Shop raising money for Claretian Charities until October 2010. From then until November 2011 the Friends took over responsibility for running the Gatehouse as a Charity Shop and for a display of Tudor Costumes provided by the Costumes Group of the Friends. In December 2011, the Gatehouse was taken over by Stageworks to provide study facilities for their elder students.  The pictures below shop the Shop in its heyday and the personalities involved in its running.

1.   The exterior of the Shop.  Note the barrow from which produce grown by a local gardener was sold to boost the garden restoration fund.

The exterior of the Shop. Note the barrow from which produce grown by a local gardener was sold to boost the garden restoration fund.

2.   The shop interior looking back towards its entrance.

The shop interior looking back towards its entrance.

3.   The inner part of the Shop - note the wide range of goods sold.

The inner part of the Shop - note the wide range of goods sold.

4.    Another view of the main part of the Shop taken from its entrance.

Another view of the main part of the Shop taken from its entrance.

5.    Another view of the inner part of the Shop.

6.  William & Catherine Dawson in the Knot Garden on the occasion of their retirement from managing the Shop in 2000.

7.   Family and friends gather outside St Hugh's Church to say farewell to William & Catherine Dawson.

8.   The farewell cake representing the Knot Garden.

9.  Sarah and Dennis Brophy, who took over the running of the Shop.

   

10. The Costume Display

   
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