Monthly Archives: September 2016

Charles Morrison’s Diary, 1 to 14 October 1863

Thursday 1st October Very busy today. At night I came down with Christina then went up to Laxdale and back with her. Mrs Gerrie was in the garden and noticed us. She was not well pleased. Friday 2nd October Pretty … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Home & Colonial Stores: Part 2

These examples of Home & Colonial stores were spotted after  The Legacy of Home & Colonial Stores was first posted. If additional shops come to light, they will be posted here. Contributions happily accepted! Monmouth The Blue Cross charity shop at 14 Monnow … Continue reading

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Cash & Co. and Turner Shoes

In its early years, the key to successful multiple retailing was selling goods for cash, not credit. Bearing this in mind it is not surprising to find, in the 1870s and 1880s, that several different companies opened chains of boot and … Continue reading

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Charles Morrison’s Diary, 14 to 30 September 1863

Monday 14th September Robert left this morning for Dornoch. He went by the Clansman at 6 A.M. by Loch Inver. Sheriff Cook &c was marking out the boundaries of the town of Stornoway. We were very busy today there were … Continue reading

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Joseph Frisby Ltd

Frisby’s was one of the earliest chains of boot and shoe shops to develop in England. The founder, Joseph Frisby (1848-1902), was the son of an agricultural worker from Frisby on the Wreake in Leicestershire. In 1871 he married Harriett Rowley, … Continue reading

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The Legacy of David Greig: Part 2

Several former David Greig shops – or fragments of shops –  have come to my attention since publishing the story of this extensive London-based provisions chain in The Legacy of David Greig. Here is a selection. Weston-Super-Mare This small shop – now ‘The … Continue reading

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Manfield & Sons: Shoes of Bespoke Character

Moses Philip Manfield (1819-99; better known as Sir Philip Manfield MP), was born in Bristol, the son of a shoemaker. He began his working life as a boot closer, stitching uppers to soles. In 1843 he arrived in Northampton, the heart of … Continue reading

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