Parade House, Market Square
After 15 years of successful trading, Thomas handed over to his son (also named Thomas), who, for reasons still unknown to the family archivists, moved the business up to the thriving town of Northampton, set in the heart of rural England. Situated in the the town's Market Square, Thomas established the business and brought up his family living above the shop, Parade House.
The Emporium Arcade, Market Square, Northampton
At the turn of the century, Thomas Church received the news that Parade House was to be demolished to make way for a 'vulgar new shopping development', known as the Emporium Arcade. In fact when this wonderful example of late Victorian splendour was completed, Church's under the guidance of Wilfrid, were the first tenants. There they traded for over 60 years until, with Wilfrid's son Vivian at the helm, they extended by taking over the entire front of the Emporium Arcade.