Monthly Archives: March 2015

Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd – a very brief history‏

 Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd – a very brief history‏

Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd opened its doors in around 1972. Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd was a large and very prestigious department store located at 27 Westgate, Oxford, OX1 1LP. Sears (who by then owned Lewis's, who were also the owners of the Selfridges London store) re-branded the store as Lewis's in around 1989 and it traded under the Lewis's name until around 1996 (from around 1991 Lewis's had come under the ownership of Owen Owen). It then traded as Allders until around 2005 (Allders having purchased a number of the Owen Owen stores in 1996), when the store closed.

Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd opened its doors in around 1972. Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd was a large and very prestigious department store located at 27 Westgate, Oxford, OX1 1LP. Sears (who by then owned Lewis’s, who were also the owners of the Selfridges London store) re-branded the store as Lewis’s in around 1989 and it traded under the Lewis’s name until around 1996 (from around 1991 Lewis’s had come under the ownership of Owen Owen). It then traded as Allders until around 2005 (Allders having purchased a number of the Owen Owen stores in 1996), when the store closed. This photograph circa 1988.

Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd from inside the Westgate Christmas time 1988

Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd from inside the Westgate Christmas time 1988.

Selfridges from inside the Westgate 1987.

Selfridges from inside the Westgate 1987.

Selfridges from inside the Westgate Shopping Centre in 1986 (the Westage had just had a £3m re-vamp at that time).

Selfridges from inside the Westgate Shopping Centre in 1986 (the Westage had just had a £3m re-vamp at that time).

A pre-1986 photograph of the inside of the Westgate Centre (note that great menswear shop, now long gone, Dunn and Co)

A pre-1986 photograph of the inside of the Westgate Centre (note that great menswear shop, now long gone, Dunn and Co). Selfridges is to the left, out of shot.

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Buy British Made Easter Eggs

Over 80 million chocolate Easter eggs are sold each year in the UK. This year check the packaging and make sure to choose an Easter Egg that is actually made in the UK (from British made chocolate and using British made packaging). From Thorntons to Fortnum and Mason to The Meaningful Chocolate Company to your local supermarket or corner shop it should be easy enough to find a British made Easter Egg. Buy British this Easter.

For the definitive list of chocolate and confectionery that is actually made in the UK please click http://wp.me/p2KOue-AS

Much of the chocolate and confectionery sold that used to be made in Britain is now actually foreign made, so shop with care and choose British made.

Fortnum and Mason Hand Decorated White Chocolate Egg 227g made in England

Fortnum and Mason Hand Decorated White Chocolate Egg 227g. Made in England

Sainsbury's Milk Chocolate Easter Egg with Chocolate Caramels 155g

Sainsbury’s Milk Chocolate Easter Egg with Chocolate Caramels 155g. Made in the UK.

British Made Small Electrical Items – Kettles, Toasters, Kitchen Items, Vacuum Cleaners (Hoovers), etc + kitchen tools and kitchenware and workwear

Chances are until just a few years ago that your small electrical items like kettles and toasters would have been made in the UK and lasted for years and years.  Chances are if you buy a kettle today it will be made in China and break within a short time.

British made kettles

Philips used to make electric kettles in the UK (I have a couple of old made In England Philips kettles and they are very well made and they are still working), but I checked with Philips who have confirmed that all Philips products are now made in the Far East. For example, there was a Philips household domestic appliances factory in Hastings on the south coast that made kettles and electric heaters and it closed in 2008.

Philips Filterline HD 4617 jug kettle. Kettle made in England; seperate base made in China. Purchased in January 2005.

Vintage Philips Filterline HD 4617 jug kettle. Kettle made in England; seperate base made in China. Purchased in January 2005. Photograph by author.

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (front view)

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (front view)

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (base underside view). Inscription reads "Philips type HD 4601made in England Batch 0008 A 220-240v -50-60hz 1850-2200w"

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (base underside view). Inscription reads “Philips type HD 4601made in England Batch 0008 A 220-240v -50-60hz 1850-2200w”

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FREE made in Britain logo download here

FREE made in Britain logo download here.

The new “Made in Britain” marque from British Family. The British Family website is also home to Britipedia – a directory of British made goods and of course the Bradshaw’s blog about buying British.

Not Brown and Out… a saucy review

Not Brown and Out… a saucy review – A Truly British Family – Consumer champions of manufacturing & farming.

Another great article from my fellow British bloggers British Family, which I have reproduced below, about brown sauce, that quintessentially British condiment and specifically British made brown sauce. Remembering that HP and Daddies sauces are foreign made these days, there are lots of great alternative British made brown sauces to choose from.

HP Sauce no longer made in Britain

HP Sauce – no longer made in Britain. HP (now owned by Heinz) still use an image of the House of Commons on their bottles, which of course they should not.

Daddies brown sauce (also owned by Heinz) like HP is now made in the Netherlands

Daddies brown sauce (also owned by Heinz) like HP is now made in the Netherlands

Not Brown and Out… a saucy review

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A response from John Lewis is a very heartening read! – A Truly British Family – Consumer champions of manufacturing & farming

A response from John Lewis is a very heartening read! – A Truly British Family – Consumer champions of manufacturing & farming.

An update on John Lewis’s progress in buying more British goods from the British Family. JLP have delivered (and indeed it seems exceeded) on their promise to stock more British made goods. This article from the British Family gives you the detail and as James & Emily point out “his seems to be driven by a consumer demand for items made in the UK, which is exactly what needs to happen”. Well done JLP.