The sign above the door says 1756 and one of the earliest references to a chemist at 24 Market Place, Wirksworth was in a list of patent medicines published in 1850 by the proprietor, a Mr Hall, which made reference to the date 1756. The double bow-fronted windows are believed to be the 1756 originals. Subsequently the Chemist was owned by James Hindle (pictured in the doorway) followed by his son Robert Hindle. The business was acquired by Benjamin Payne in 1935 and became B Payne & Son Ltd in 1962. Many of us prefer the colourful frontage from the 1980’s- what do you think?