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7 Downing Street

History of 7 Downing Street

This was the home of Januarys, the estate agents set up in 1937 by Douglas L January, auctioneer and estate agent. At this time Douglas was living in Mowbray Road.

After WWII his younger brother Desmond joined the firm. The firm operated all over East Anglia. In 2017 Desmond remembered his days working for Januarys.


Before this he had served in the regular army during WWII and continued in the Army Education Corps afterwards.

One of the most significant contracts that Desmond worked on was the redevelopment of the Grafton Centre. He described in detail the role Januarys played in the negotiations between City Council and developers.

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