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Murrays of High Wycombe, Bentalls of Kingston Upon Thames & other branches, Bourne & Hollingsworth - B & H of Oxford Street, London, Bonds of Norwich, David Evans & Co Ltd of Swansea, Jenners of Edinburgh, Ricemans of Canterbury, Randalls of Vine Street Uxbridge and Owen Owen of Liverpool and branches.

Murrays White Hart Street, High Wycombe, Bucks

Bentalls Kingston Upon Thames & other branches

Bourne & Hollingsworth, Oxford Street, London

Bonds of Norwich, Norfolk

David Evans & Co Ltd, Swansea

Jenners, Edinburgh

Ricemans, Canterbury

Randalls, Vine Street, Uxbridge

Owen Owen Liverpool

High Street Heroes - The story of British Retail in 50 People by John Timpson

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The Wikipedia page above has a very comprehensive list of department stores past and present in the UK, to visit the site click on the image. The department stores featured on this page should be listed and where applicable links to the appropriate Wikipedia page.

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Murrays in High Wycombe

This High Wycombe town centre department store was another family run business. The Rivett family owned it and it was finally closed on the 30th March 1985 More information Here Today there is a very successful branch of John Lewis near the M40 and a branch of the House of Fraser in the Eden Shopping Centre.

Part of the old Murrays building remains and can be seen from the Abbey Way Flyover (A40).

Thorpe House School, Gerrards Cross magazine The "Omnibus" December 1961 advertisement for Murrays of High Wycombe

Thorpe House School, Gerrards Cross magazine The "Omnibus" December 1965 advertisement for Murrays of High Wycombe

Online memories - Fern: My Story By Fern Britton "We would usually go to one of the big department stores. These weren't just huge buildings on the outside, inside the were equally vast. The days of pile-' em-high, sell-' em cheap had not yet arrived and they exuded a real sense of glamour. Suter's in Slough and Murray's in High Wycombe were the ones we went to most often Murray's being both the nearest and my favourite"..... More Here

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Bentalls

Bentalls were also members of the ISA - Independent Stores Association and were bought by Fenwick in June of 2001 for 70.8 million. Apparently just before Suters was sold in 1978 they had expressed some interest. They had stores in Bracknell, Worthing, Ealing, Kingston Upon Thames and other locations. in 2018 the Fenwick store still trades as Bentalls in Kingston Upon Thames.More information about Fenwick here

Paper bag from 1970's era (image does not enlarge)

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Bonds of Norwich, Norfolk

Bonds were also members of the ISA - Independent Stores Association and were bought by the John Lewis Partnership in 1982. John Lewis Partnership traded as Bonds until 2001. In the early 1970s whilst Philip Suter was working at Bourne & Hollingsworth there was a member of the Nond family working there as well also training up for working in the family department stores.

More information here

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David Evans & Co Ltd, Swansea

David Evans was a member of the ISA - Independent Stores Association like Suters Ltd and part of the arrangement was visits and meetings at other member stores. In the spring of 1978 Philip Suter and his brother Robert went to David Evans in Swansea for such a visit. At that time negotiations were nearly completed with Owen Owen, however everything was confidential and so outwardly we had to show that business was normal. Our hosts too were giving the same impression as under a month later, they too had sold out and this was to the House of Fraser as per the cutting from The Daily Telegraph below.

More Information Here from The House of Fraser archives

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Jenners Edinburgh

Jenners were also members of the ISA - Independent Stores Association and were bought by The House of Fraser in 2005

More information Here and Here

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Ricemans, Canterbury

More information Here and Here and Here

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Owen Owen, Liverpool

Liverpool Picturebook's history of Owen Owen Here

Wikipedia's information Here

Sale of Suters Ltd to Owen Owen stores group Here

1978 April to June - The Sale of Suters Here

After the sale of Suters to Owen Owen in June 1978

The Owen Owen Trust

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Randalls, Vine Street, Uxbridge

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Sir John Randall demonstrating the Lamson pneumatic tube system, once used to move cash, receipts and other items around the store. The store in Vine Street, Uxbridge closed in January 2015 after 123 years in busines. More information here

Beckonskot model village September 2018 - is this Randalls of Uxbridge or Debenhams in Uxbridge? Could not be Debenhams as although they came to Slough after Alders they never took on the Uxbridge business. Inland Homes is creating one and two bedroom apartments on this Grade 11 listed department store site preserving the sharp lines of its 1930s architectural heritage.

See Suters Uxbridge after 1978

Wikipedia Information Here

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High Street Heroes - The story of British Retail in 50 People by John Timpson

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Philip Suter says that one of my Christmas presents given to me by my wife in 2015 was a copy of this book. I took this with me on holiday to Dubai in January 2016. It is a very interesting account of retailing and the names that have come and gone and that are still there on the High Street facias up to 2015. Written by John Timpson of the Timpson shoe shop and shoe repair family it is divided up into appropriate chapters for companies like Marks and Spencer, The John Lewis Partnership, supermarkets, shoe shops, mail order, traditional department stores and a very long list of individuals like Sir Terrance Conran, Sir Charles Clore, Laura Ashley, Anita Roddick and Philip Green.

Many names like Mac Fisheries, Radio Rentals, Timothy Whites and Richard Shops that have completely gone are written about in John Timpson's book.

It was published in the UK in 2015 by Icon Books and sold by Faber & Faber. Online selling was not included (but mail order was relevant to the book) and my copy came from a "high Street" retailer whose name did appear, Waterstones. The final chapter is John Timpson's top 50 British retail people and a brief synopsis of their careers.

Read a review of this book in The Independent Here

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