A PIECE of Barnstaples history is going under the hammer next month as a former Bear Street greengrocers goes on the market for the first time in 75 years. The former H Luxton shop at 38 Bear Street was the pride and joy of its owners, the late Henry and Molly Luxton. But after Henry passed away in February aged 87, his nieces Susan Peters and Dorothy Spry have had to put the property up for auction. Mr and Mrs Luxton took over the shop, which was opened in 1937, from Henrys father, also called Henry. Henry used to help his father behind the counter and grew up with greengrocers becoming his livelihood. In 1964, after Henry Snr passed away, Henry and Molly bought the shop, which was previously rented, and put their all into it. They got married later that year but they had to do it on a Wednesday afternoon, explained Dorothy. He wouldnt let them shut the shop on a Saturday because it was their busiest time. They always missed all the family weddings; they put their all into that shop. Henry and Molly were a popular couple during the four decades they ran the business, and Susan said her uncle couldnt walk down the street without being stopped. At that time you didnt need to go much past Bear Street to get what you needed, she said. It had everything; a butchers, greengrocers it was a lot different to how it looks now. When I used to go and help in the shop he would disappear off to get something and be gone for hours because hed been stopped by so many people. In 2000, Molly and Harry retired, aged 80 and 74 respectively, and the following year Molly passed away. Henry continued to live in the five-bedroom property until he died in February. The couple, who had no children, left the property with their nieces. The house, which is listed with estate agents Webbers, will go up for auction on August 2.