Back to the future with London’s Lost Department Stores

Our higher streets are nonetheless littered with the continues to be of former office shops such as the shells of once stunning stores of Debenhams, Residence of Fraser and BHS that have been not too long ago joined by many John Lewis & Associates attributes.

Amid the carnage nowadays it is amazing to consider that London (and its suburbs) by itself supported above 100 section stores in the 1900s. But it is legitimate and evidence of this astounding time period is chronicled in the a short while ago revealed guide ‘London’s Missing Division Stores’ from Risk-free Haven Publications.

It gives an simple-reading snapshot of an array of these now sadly departed grand stores which include quite a few acquainted names to me: Dickens & Jones, Waring & Gillow, Barkers, Significant Biba, Whiteleys and Allders. There’s also lots of that experienced lengthy ceased investing right before I moved down to the capital including Stagg & Mantle, Pratts, Gorringes and the terrifically named Bodgers.

The anecdote-driven accounts of these many shops incredibly substantially gives a social history of buying from the Victorian time period onwards. It is improved by chapters on associated themes these kinds of as revolutionary women in the sector and section suppliers for the duration of war.

As very well as becoming prepared in an available fashion by creator Tessa Boase the ebook is even further brought to daily life by the terrific collection of photos that increase enormously to the publication. The photograph-wealthy structure with unique department retailer profiles ensures this is a e-book that can be easily dipped into each time the reader fancies a bit of nostalgia and wishes to be be transported to a period of time when retail definitely was providing an extraordinary amount of theatre to shoppers.

We now stay in a interval when stores are focusing at any time additional on injecting larger encounters into their physical outlets and this e book will not only acquire them back again in time but it might also position them in the way in which they will need to go with their firms in the foreseeable future.

London’s Shed Department Stores is obtainable from Risk-free Haven Publications priced £16.99.

Glynn Davis, editor, Retail Insider

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