128 Regent’s Park Road: End of a Forty-Year Business

 2013 Unoccupied (was organic food shop 1972 – 2012)


  • PIANOFORTE MAKER George Youatt 1872
  • PIANOFORTE MAKER George Youatt & Son 1875-85

The Camden Town area contained many small piano manufacturers, and many Victorian homes had an upright piano.

128 Regent's Park Road

Sesame, 1972

From 1867 there was a large piano factory in Fitzroy Road, saved from demolition in the 1970s by a vigorous local campaign. It is now known as Hopkinson’s Place, containing flats and Primrose Hill Community Centre. No.128 seems small for a piano maker, but might have been primarily a showcase shop where ready-made parts were assembled. In 1870 George Youatt had been at 148, and by 1890 there was a Victor Youatt, pianoforte maker and perhaps his son, at 140.

  •  STATIONER Mrs Jane Salloway 1890
  •  SECOND-HAND BOOKSELLER Albert Pitman  1895
  •  SERVANTS’ REGISTER OFFICE Mrs Rose Alexander 1900

The grander homes round here had two or three servants. Even many ordinary families, including skilled workers and shopkeepers, had a resident maid-of-all-work. Others paid someone to come in once a week to do the ‘rough work’. Servants worked very long hours for very little money, and often had nowhere to sleep other than on rolled-out bedding in the kitchen.

  • GLASS AND CHINA DEALER  Henry Hall 1905-10
  •  MILLINER Madame Jeanne Tissington 1915-35
  •  DRESSMAKER Mrs Margaret Mercier  1940

    Sesame closed 2013

    Sesame organics, closed, in 2013

  •  FRENCH POLISHER Henry Clarke 1955-50
  • UPHOLSTERER Claude Casson 1970-60
  •  ORGANIC FOOD SHOP  Sesame 1972-2012, now unoccupied

One thought on “128 Regent’s Park Road: End of a Forty-Year Business

  1. Yes, Victor (1852-1937 my great grandfather) was the 3rd and youngest son of George Heanes Youatt Piano-forte maker of 128 Regents Park Road and 17 Oppidans Road, and I should be delighted if anyone can add to information about the shop. Victor was one of the first residents of Hampstead Garden Suburb and ended his long life in Hampstead Way.

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