Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,113 pages of information and 245,598 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Lewis's

From Graces Guide
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1856 Men and boy's clothing store established in Liverpool by David Lewis.

1860s-80s The business expanded into ladies fashion and then footwear, beginning a gradual process of expansion and diversification. Lewis's opened its 'Christmas Fairyland' – one of the world's first Christmas grottoes.

1877 The Market Street, Manchester store opened - the first Lewis' outside Liverpool. [1]

1884 Further branch opened in Birmingham

1885 Further branch opened in Sheffield

1920s-30s Additional stores opened in Glasgow, Leeds, Stoke and Leicester.

1939-45 The Liverpool building was repeatedly damaged by wartime bombing but was rebuilt each time.

1950s The Lewis's Group purchased Selfridges.

The Liverpool flagship store underwent a major refurbishment.

Lewis's became part of the Sears Group.

2010 The rights to the Lewis's brand were bought by LHR Holding after the closure of the Liverpool store.

2011 Lewis’s was relaunched as a multi-channel homewares brand.


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Sources of Information

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