Monthly Archives: April 2016

Charles Morrison’s Diary, 1 to 13 May 1863

Friday 1st May A fine day. Kept pretty busy. Saturday 2nd May A beautiful day not busy. Sunday 3rd May Mr Leith preached two excellent sermons. In the forenoon from Hosea 7th chapter 16th verse They return but not to … Continue reading

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Remembering Littlewoods Stores

For much of the 20th century, the Moores family operated a number of highly profitable businesses under the ‘Littlewoods’ name, including football pools and mail-order catalogues. The most visible aspect of their lucrative empire, however, was the chain of Littlewoods … Continue reading

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British Home Stores Part 3: 1960 to 2016

The last of BHS’s war-damaged stores to be rebuilt was Bristol, where a ‘temporary’ store had traded for many years. The new building opened in 1960 on a corner site and had an attractive concave frontage with a sweeping canopy … Continue reading

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British Home Stores Part 2: the 1940s and 1950s

At the end of 1939 British Home Stores (BHS) was operating 58 stores in England and Wales. Two stores were still under construction in the early war years and one of these – in Lewisham – was requisitioned and not … Continue reading

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Charles Morrison’s Diary, 15 to 30 April 1863

Wednesday 15th April Not much doing today it being very wet. Thursday 16th April Very slack. I attended the funeral of a child of Mr Dawson’s Arnish. Friday 17th April I had a severe attack of toothache. I met Alexr … Continue reading

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British Home Stores Part 1: 1928-39

British Home Stores, commonly known as ‘BHS’, was registered as a private company in London in April 1928. The exact circumstances of its foundation remain mysterious, as do the personalities involved, but the intention from the outset seems to have … Continue reading

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The Public Benefit Boot Co and Lennards

The Public Benefit Boot Co The Public Benefit Boot Co – what a name! It makes an overt claim to altruistic philanthropy, something that was often little more than a cynical advertising ploy for Victorian businessmen. Multiple branch retailing was … Continue reading

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