Mumford’s Newsagents & Laurelia

Hugh Street, St. Mary’s
Isles of Scilly, TR21 0LL

PRICE: Sale Agreed
TENURE: Freehold. Grade II Listed

A rare opportunity to acquire a potentially three bedroom family home together with adjoining shop and business premises.

Arguably a piece of Scillonian history, next year the business of Mumford’s Newsagents will celebrate its 119th anniversary. A shop was opened by Mr. & Mrs. Charles Mumford in the centre of the terrace fronting Hugh Street. Charles Mumford tragically on the wreck of the Plympton, his widow continued trading and moved in 1924 to its present prime retail site on the corner of Hugh Street and Garrison Lane. The business was later taken over by Mr. Tregarthen Mumford OBE and run as is now as a newsagents, bookstore etc with offices above. Clive Mumford has continued the business which makes Mumford’s the oldest continually run business on Scilly.

Currently the retail area is made up of the ground floor shop plus a number of store rooms whilst on the first floor are two offices and additional storage space. The residential and adjoining area includes two reception rooms, two bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen etc.

Subject to any consents required we would suggest there are many ways in which the total property could be designed to suit almost any retail trade whilst still providing comfortable family accommodation.

The accommodation comprises:

Shop Premises 25’0” x 15’10” plus two shallow bay windows to the high street. Fittings include the original counter plus addition display fittings.
A step up into an extension of the shop 16’10” maximum x 17’6” maximum with a large display window and fitted with display fittings for mainly cards and book sales.

Lobby leading to: Hallway used as storage space and leading to:

Store Room 22’4” x 6’0” Having two windows and a door to Garrison Lane.
Store Room 17’0” maximum x 7’0” average Being of an irregular triangular shape with fitted shelving. Store Room 8’4” maximum x 8’10” average

Stairs from the hallway lead to:
Landing with a corridor to
Office 9’10” x 7’ 8”
Second Office 19’10” maximum x 14’7” maximum 11’6” minimum With windows to two elevations. Toilet Fitted with low level w.c. and Belfast sink and with additional storage space.

The access to Auralia is then through a corridor / store room which leads to :

On the First Floor

Landing which in turn gives access to:

Living Room (formerly Bedroom) 14’6” x 13’7” With two windows overlooking the high street. Heatstore convector wall mounted radiator. Eight power points. Television point.

Bedroom 1 12’0” x 11’0” plus two built in wardrobes either side of the blocked off fireplace. Heatstore convector wall mounted radiator. Six power points. Pedestal wash hand basin.

Bedroom 2 12’4” x 8’7” minimum plus an alcove one side of the blocked off fireplace and a wardrobe on the other side. Pedestal wash hand basin. Heatstore convector wall mounted radiator.

Bathroom 8’4” maximum x 8’2” minimum. Walls are partially panelled with Respatex panelling and there is a wood effect vinylay floor. Fittings include a low level w.c. Invalid walk in panelled bath. Pedestal wash hand basin with illuminated mirror over. Heatstore convector wall mounted radiator.

A staircase leads to:


On the Ground Floor of Laurelia

Entrance Hall with front door to Hugh Street.

Living Room 12’7” x 11’4” plus alcoves either side of the blocked off fireplace both fitted with shelving. Two power points. Telephone point.

Kitchen 12’0” x 10’11” maximum plus two alcoves, one housing the single drainer stainless steel sink unit and the other an electric cooker. On the other side of the fireplace is a built in cupboard. Fitted on two sides with dark oak units having Formica working surfaces plus two double matching floor cabinets. Ceramic wall tiling between cabinets. Seven power points. Tile effect vinylay flooring.

Laundry Room 7’8” x 5’0” Having a translucent roof. Four power points. Plumbing for washing machine. Toilet Having a low level w.c and wash hand basin.

There is a yard which has a built in store for refuse disposal and a pedestrian gate to Garrison Lane.

FURNITURE, FIXTURES & FITTINGS: All fixtures, fittings and goodwill as seen are included in the sale price. Stock at valuation.
SERVICES: Mains water, electricity and drainage are connected
ASSESSMENTS: For the purposes of Council Property Tax, Lauralia is designated in Band ‘C’ in the Valuation List, producing a charge of £1495.58 for the year 2022/2023

Mumford’s Newsagent is assessed to a commercial rateable value of £17,000 for the year 2022-2023

Water is charged by meter.


The information given in these particulars is intended to help you decide whether you wish to view this property and to avoid wasting your time in viewing unsuitable properties. We have tried to make sure that these particulars are accurate, but to a large extent we have to rely on what the seller tells us about the property. We do not check every single piece of information ourselves as the cost of doing so would be prohibitive and we do not wish to unnecessarily add to the cost of moving house.

Once you find the property you want to buy, you will need to carry out more investigations into the property than it is practical or reasonable for an estate agent to do when preparing sales particulars. For example, we have not carried out any kind of survey of the property to look for structural defects and would advise any homebuyer to obtain a surveyor’s report before exchanging contracts. If you do not have your own surveyor, we would be pleased to recommend one. We have not checked whether any equipment in the property (such as central heating) is in working order and would advise homebuyers to check this. You should also instruct a solicitor to investigate all legal matters relating to the property (e.g. title, planning permission etc.) as these are specialist matters in which estate agents are not qualified. Your solicitor will also agree with the seller what items (e.g. carpets, curtains, etc) will be included in the sale.